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Rockies left scrambling for pitchers

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07:50 AM ET 04.15 | What a difference a few days makes. In less than a week, the Rockies went from having a surprising surplus of pitchers to struggling to fill out a rotation. Brett Anderson's move to the disabled list Sunday -- after breaking a finger during an at-bat, just his ninth career at-bat -- is the latest setback to Colorado's rotation. Anderson posted a photo of the X-ray of his broken finger (with the caption "Not so much here or here but right here..." -- an excellent Tommy Boy reference, by the way, in case you were about to look it up). The Rockies on Monday called up infielder Corey Dickerson to fill Anderson's spot on the roster. ... Injuries in the early going have already forced the Rockies into changing their pitching rotation.

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D-backs, agent sparring over prospect promotion

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07:49 AM ET 04.15 | If you hadn't already heard the name of righty Archie Bradley, the actions of his agent, Jay Franklin, may change that. [Franklin] says his client deserves to jump into the Arizona Diamondbacks' struggling rotation. D-backs general manager Kevin Towers disagrees. The back-and-forth between the two reflects not only the strain of the D-backs' poor start but also the tension that exists over the perception that clubs sometimes hold down prospects because of service-time considerations. "I think it's very apparent what is going on in Arizona," [Franklin said]. ... "Archie Bradley has proven to the Diamondbacks organization that he has deserved that opportunity by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak for his chance to pitch in the major leagues."

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Earliest Furcal could return

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07:49 AM ET 04.15 | Even at this early point of the season, the Marlins, who have lost eight in a row, could use a boost. Rafael Furcal, signed for $3.5 million to be the Marlins second baseman in 2014, played in his first minor-league rehab game Monday night after starting the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. "Our plan is for him to use all 21 [rehab] days," manager Mike Redmond said. "Hopefully everything goes well and we go from there." That means the earliest Furcal, 36, would be back with the Marlins is May 6. Redmond said Furcal would spend a week in Single A Jupiter and then another in Double A Jacksonville before being reevaluated. Furcal spent last week in extended spring training as he began his road back from the injury.

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First manager fired?

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07:46 AM ET 04.14 | More than a few teams sit on only four wins at this point in the season, but only one of them has double-digit losses. The Diamondbacks are 4-11, making Kirk Gibson the early leader in the "first manager to get fired" derby. But really, it's difficult to imagine how Gibson could be held responsible for the D-Backs' shoddy rotation. Through 15 games, the team's 7.17 rotation ERA is the worst in the majors. The starters are averaging fewer than 5-1/3 innings, increasingly the likelihood that the bullpen will wear down. Gibson distributes the bullpen innings, and at times a manager must extend his starter to save his 'pen. Bullpen management, though, isn't Gibson's strength. Some scouts say he manages every game as if it were his last.

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Boras blasts unnamed execs

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07:45 AM ET 04.14 | Scott Boras has an ax to grid -- again. [Boras], the agent for top remaining free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, came out swinging against the half dozen or so anonymous team executives and officials who negatively speculated in a recent article on the value of those two players. Boras says those unnamed executives and officials are breaking league rules in a recent article by suggesting low player values, issuing critical comments and ultimately hurting their markets. Boras, backed by the players union (which Friday issued a strong statement of its own against the anonymous execs), said he intends to pursue a grievance, going so far as to urge the league to use subpoena power to unearth their identities. "It's a clear violation of the CBA," Boras said in a phone interview.

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