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  • Severino wins for the first time since April
    Yankees pitching prospect Luis Severino tied a career-high with nine strikeouts Tuesday in a win for Double-A Trenton.

    Advice: Severino allowed three hits, two walks and two runs over five innings. The victory was his first since April 19, ending a five-start winless streak. Severino is now third in the Eastern League in strikeouts (48) and ninth in WHIP (1.11). With only 14 Double-A starts on his resume, the 21-year-old could use a little more seasoning before his next promotion.
    34 minutes ago
    Not Active
  • Alex Avila (knee) nearing baseball activities
    Alex Avila (knee) could resume baseball activities in a few days.

    Advice: Avila has been performing strengthening exercises for his ailing left knee for the last week and is nearly ready to take the next step. There remains no timetable for his return, but he's progressing.
    45 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm x @Oak
  • Alex Wilson to make spot start Wednesday
    Alex Wilson will start on Wednesday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Kyle Ryan wasn't able to get to the ballpark in time, forcing Wilson to come in from the bullpen for a spot start. Ryan figures to arrive at some point during the game, so it basically could just wind up being he and Wilson flip-flopping the order in which they pitch.
    Today, 9:51 am
  • Matz pushes season strikeout total to 68
    Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz scattered three hits over seven shutout innings Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Matz, who also clubbed two hits in the victory, now leads all minor league pitchers with 68 strikeouts. Tuesday was one of his most efficient outings as Matz needed just 77 pitches to dispose of Colorado Springs. The 23-year-old owns the second-lowest ERA (1.99) in the Pacific Coast League and the third-lowest WHIP (1.04). He's working hard to improve his changeup. The 6'2" left-hander already offers a plus fastball and a decent breaking pitch.
    Today, 9:11 am
    Not Active
    Top 5, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Corey Seager breaks out for four hits Tuesday
    Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager delivered four hits Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The 21-year-old mega-talent homered twice Monday and is now batting .500 with four RBI over his last three contests. The former first-round pick has made a smooth transition to Triple-A, hitting .280 in 93 at-bats since his call-up. Seager is's sixth-ranked prospect. It's no wonder the Dodgers let Hanley Ramirez walk in free agency with Seager waiting in the wings.
    Today, 8:57 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Black (neck, shoulder) ready to be activated
    Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated Wednesday that Vic Black (neck, shoulder) is ready to be activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: It appears there's no definitive date on when it will happen, though. Black began the season on the DL with shoulder tendinitis before suffering a herniated disk in his neck.
    Today, 8:26 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Francisco Cervelli absent from lineup Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just resting with it being a day game after a night game. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place.
    Today, 7:53 am
  • Kyle Ryan recalled from Triple-A
    Tigers recalled LHP Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Ryan will make a spot start on Wednesday against the A's with Alfredo Simon going on the bereavement list. The left-hander holds an unappealing 4.67 ERA over nine starts at Toledo this season and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
    Today, 7:20 am
    Not Active
  • Carlos Ruiz getting a breather Wednesday
    Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Cameron Rupp is catching in Ruiz's place.
    Today, 7:11 am
  • Ivan Nova (elbow) nearing rehab assignment
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he expects Ivan Nova (elbow) to begin a rehab assignment "pretty soon."

    Advice: Nova is expected to throw about 70 pitches Wednesday or Thursday in an extended spring training game. His rehab assignment would figure to be pretty lengthy, so Nova is still multiple weeks away from a return. Still, the Yanks will be happy to have him as a rotation option relatively soon.
    Today, 6:37 am
    60-Day DL
  • Phil Coke released by Cubs
    Cubs released LHP Phil Coke.

    Advice: Coke is now free to sign elsewhere after the Cubs designated him for assignment last week. He's reportedly already received interest from multiple clubs.
    Today, 5:53 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Yates (pectoral) to appear in extended spring
    Kirby Yates (pectoral) will appear in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be his first game action since going down with a right pectoral strain at the end of last month. Yates could rejoin the Rays' bullpen in a couple weeks if all goes well.
    Today, 5:51 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 0-0 vs Sea
  • Eric Stults part of Braves/Dodgers trade
    In addition to Alberto Callaspo, the Dodgers will acquire Eric Stults, Ian Thomas, and Juan Jaime from the Braves in the trade that sends Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow to Atlanta.

    Advice: The deal just needs to be approved by the commissioner's office before it's finalized, which should occur at some point on Wednesday. Stults gives the Dodgers a bit more rotation depth while they deal with injuries, but it's a trade that, as a whole, doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense for L.A.
    Today, 5:29 am
  • Joyce goes 0-for-3, average falls to .172
    Matt Joyce went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Joyce, despite getting almost all of his playing time this season against right-handed pitching, has struggled through the first two months. Tuesday's outing moves his triple-slash line down to .172/.246/.258. His struggles may prompt the Angels to acquire an outfielder leading up to the trade deadline in July.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Plouffe enjoys third straight multi-hit game
    Trevor Plouffe registered another multi-hit game Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Plouffe's RBI double in the first inning got the Twins on the board, and he scored on a subsequent double by Kurt Suzuki. Plouffe has multi-hit games in four of his last seven contests, raising his line to .276/.356/.481. He's got 26 RBI and 21 runs scored in the middle of the Twins order.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Phil Coke receiving interest from six teams
    Chris Cotillo of reports that Phil Coke has received interest from at least six teams.

    Advice: Coke has been placed on release waivers and will officially become a free agent on Thursday. It sounds like he could land a big league contract despite posting a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances before the Cubs designated him for assignment.
    Yesterday, 6:20 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Cervelli powers Pirates to win with a homer
    Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run as the Pirates topped the Marlins on Monday.

    Advice: Cervelli gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead in the second inning with a three-run blast off of David Phelps. Not exactly known for his power, that was Cervelli's first homer of the season. The catcher is batting a solid .316/.381/.404 with 13 RBI on the year.
    Monday, 6:38 pm
  • Plouffe launches three-run homer in win
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Monday's 7-2 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: His three-run blast off Joe Kelly was the big blow in a six-run second inning for the Twins. Plouffe is off to an excellent start at the plate this season, batting .270/.353/.474 with seven home runs and 25 RBI through 41 games. The Twins are now eight games over .500 at 26-18.
    Monday, 2:31 pm
  • Carlos Ruiz sitting out on Sunday
    Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Cameron Rupp is filling in with Ruiz on the bench.
    Sunday, 9:25 am
  • Eric Stults obliterated in spot start Friday
    Eric Stults was obliterated in a spot start against the Brewers on Friday, allowing seven runs on three hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw also issued five walks while striking out five. The Brewers got a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run blast by Ryan Braun, then added on seven in the fourth to break the game open and chase Stults. He was merely getting an opportunity with Alex Wood under the weather on Friday and will head back to the bullpen where he'll continue to function in a long relief role.
    Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli not in Friday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place.
    Friday, 12:20 pm
  • Cervelli (head) goes 0-for-4 in return Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli (head) went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in his return Wednesday.

    Advice: Cervelli was pulled from Tuesday's game after taking a foul tip off his mask, but he ultimately showed no concussion symptoms. The 29-year-old catcher is batting .286/.348/.352 in 31 games this season for the Pirates.
    Thursday, 6:09 am
  • Francisco Cervelli (head) back in action Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli (head) is back in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He exited Tuesday's game after taking a foul tip off his mask, but he went through a battery of tests and had no concussion symptoms. Cervelli is hitting .297/.355/.366 with nine RBI this season.
    Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • Kirby Yates (pectoral) to throw off mound
    Kirby Yates (pectoral) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since going down with a right pectoral strain late last month. There's no timetable for Yates' return, but early June would seem to be realistic.
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 0-0 vs Sea
  • Plouffe's homer caps off Twins' big inning
    Trevor Plouffe doubled and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats in Tuesday's victory versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Plouffe capped off the Twins' six-run second inning with a two-run home run off of Francisco Liriano. It's his first multi-hit game and his first homer since May 3, over two weeks ago. He's still batting a productive .261/.340/.455 with six home runs and 20 RBI.
    Tuesday, 7:43 pm
  • Cervelli exits after taking foul tip off mask
    Francisco Cervelli left Tuesday's game against the Twins after taking a foul tip off his mask.

    Advice: The Pirates are saying his exit was precautionary, so it doesn't sound like there are any concussion concerns. Cervelli might get a day of rest Wednesday, though.
    Tuesday, 6:28 pm
  • Phil Coke designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Phil Coke for assignment.

    Advice: Coke held a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances to earn a ticket off the 40-man roster. He'll clear waivers given his $2.25 million salary.
    Tuesday, 3:08 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Joyce was benched Mon. for showing up late
    Matt Joyce was benched Monday afternoon because he showed up late to Rogers Centre in Toronto.

    Advice: Joyce acknowledged to reporters that he thought it was a night game, calling it a "mistake that should never happen." Marc Krauss filled in at DH. Joyce is starting in left field Tuesday night versus the Blue Jays.
    Tuesday, 1:58 pm
  • Black (neck, shoulder) pitches in ext. spring
    Vic Black (neck, shoulder) retired all three batters he faced in an extended spring training game on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a good test for Black, who entered the game with the bases loaded. He struck out the first two batters he faced before inducing an inning-ending ground out. The 26-year-old began the season on the DL with shoulder tendinitis before suffering a herniated disk in his neck, but he's beginning to make some progress.
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Nova (elbow) pitches in ext. spring game
    Ivan Nova (elbow) threw 42 pitches over three innings Monday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: The thought is that he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as the weekend. The Yankees will likely want him to use most of his 30-day rehab window, but he's on track for a return in late June. The 28-year-old is coming back from Tommy John surgery.
    Tuesday, 5:41 am
    60-Day DL
  • Alex Avila (knee) begins rehab work
    Alex Avila (knee) has begun rehab work designed to strengthen the muscles around his left knee.

    Advice: Avila does not need surgery on his left knee to remove loose bodies, but there remains no timetable for his return. The backstop hopes to know more later this week about a potential target date, but it will be a while. James McCann will continue to hold down the catching duties in the meantime.
    Monday, 5:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm x @Oak
  • Cubs to designate Phil Coke for assignment
    Jesse Rogers of reports that the Cubs will designate Phil Coke for assignment.

    Advice: The Cubs are off Monday, so the move is not expected to be made official until Tuesday. Coke has struggled for the Cubbies this season with a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances, so the news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The veteran left-hander figures to catch on quickly elsewhere on a minor league deal after he clears waivers.
    Monday, 3:42 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Joyce scratched from Angels' lineup Mon.
    Matt Joyce was a late scratch from the Angels' starting lineup Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: No reason has been given yet. Marc Krauss is now serving as the designated hitter for Anaheim.
    May 18, 9:27 am
  • Eric Stults moved to Braves' bullpen
    Eric Stults has been demoted to the Braves' bullpen.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander put up a 5.36 ERA over seven starts. He'll now be utilized in a long relief role. Williams Perez will take over Stults' rotation spot.
    May 17, 8:20 am
  • Carlos Ruiz not in Sunday's lineup
    Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Cameron Rupp will catch Sean O'Sullivan while Ruiz rides the pine.
    May 17, 8:13 am
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