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Overnight Dispatches

From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Dave Roberts appears likely to return to action within a few days after July 4, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. However, Bochy said if there’s any doubt about the status of Roberts’ bruised right knee, they’ll hold off activating the outfielder until after the All-Star break.

If all goes well with Juan Cruz in his rehab start tonight, he’ll come off the disabled list to start Monday’s game, according to the Arizona Republic. He’s recovering from a sore shoulder. Cruz will rejoin the Diamondbacks’ rotation and start against the Dodgers if he is pain-free following the rehab start. Edgar Gonzalez will be sent to Triple-A when Cruz returns.

The Phillies had hoped to have Mike Lieberthal, who is on the disabled list with a strained left hip, catch Jon Lieber’s rehab start on Tuesday night, but Lieberthal has experienced some discomfort in the hip and didn’t play, according to the AP. It no longer seems likely that he’ll return this week.

Manager Dusty Baker said that Carlos Marmol will get the nod on Wednesday as originally planned after flirting with the idea of having Angel Guzman take his place, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Marmol has given up 11 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker said the team is very encouraged by the side session Kerry Wood threw in Cincinnati on Monday, according to the AP. Wood was diagnosed with a muscle imbalance in his surgically repaired right shoulder and won’t pitch another side session for several days.

Tom Gorzelanny pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday night. With a 2.35 ERA and a 94/27 K/BB in 99 2/3 innings, Gorzelanny seems ready. Gorzelanny is expected to be called up from the minors to start Saturday’s game against Detroit in place of Oliver Perez, according to the AP. Gorzelanny is 6-5 with a 2.35 ERA at Triple-A Indianapolis. Zach Duke and Kip Wells have been moved up to Thursday and Friday respectively, creating the need for a fifth starter on Saturday. That just happens to be when Gorzelanny is due to pitch. He’ll almost certainly be called up, and he’s worth grabbing in NL-only leagues.

Mark Mulder has been exercising and taking anti-inflammatory medication for his ailing pitching shoulder, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mulder, who is suffering from shoulder impingement syndrome, will be examined on Saturday to determine how a week off has helped the irritated joint.

Moises Alou missed his eighth straight game on Tuesday with lower back trouble, according to the AP. He was expected to return Tuesday night but experienced stiffness after working out Sunday and was given a cortisone shot during Monday’s off day. He could play Wednesday

Brandon Webb surrendered seven runs in seven innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Mariners. Webb was very good after a five-run first, but this is still three straight mediocre outings for him. After ending May with a stretch of 25 straight scoreless innings, Webb finishes June 0-3 with a 5.08 ERA. He was the favorite to start the All-Star Game for the NL a month ago. If he doesn’t pitch better next time out, there’s a chance he could be left off the roster entirely.

Making just his fourth appearance as a No. 2 hitter, Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday. If Dunn so frustrates the Reds with his strikeouts with RISP, batting him second permanently would be a good idea. However, if Jerry Narron really liked the idea, he would have tried it long before now. Dunn is currently batting .226/.368/.541.

Jose Reyes had his 13-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-5 against the Red Sox on Tuesday. We’re still not sure exactly what happened to Reyes that had him rolling around on the ground in pain in the fifth inning tonight. Reyes was hurt on a collision with Jason Varitek at home plate in the top of the fifth. As he went in awkwardly, his left arm got caught in between his body and Varitek’s. He was in a lot of pain initially, but he was able to walk off under his own power and he came back out for the bottom of the fifth inning. He remained in the contest and declined to leave even after the Red Sox took a commanding lead.