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• Black said that outfielder Kyle Blanks is recovering well after crashing into the wall on Sunday in San Francisco and receiving stitches in his left eyelid.

"He's feeling better," Black said. "He's a little banged up, a little jarred from the impact of the wall. The left shoulder is a little sore. We'll see if it loosens up and if he'll be able to swing. It will be sort of a game-time decision on whether he's able to come off the bench and play."

• Starting pitcher Cory Luebke played catch again on Monday as he recovers from reconstructive elbow surgery. The left-hander, who had the surgery last May, began throwing earlier this month and will continue the throwing program with no certain timetable for his return.

Tim Powers is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.