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  • Kimbrel allows Angels to walk off in the 9th
    Craig Kimbrel didn't take the loss, but allowed the Angels to walk off winners in the ninth inning on Monday.

    Advice: Kevin Quackenbush allowed the Angels to put runners on the corners with one out, prompting manager Bud Black to bring in Kimbrel to put out the fire. Kimbrel struck out Erick Aybar, then intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases for Albert Pujols. Kimbrel broke Pujols' bat, but the grounder snuck into left field for a walk-off single. Kimbrel wasn't charged with the run or the loss, but entered the appearance having allowed runs in seven of his previous 11 outings and he carries a miserable 5.63 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 10 innings while going 11-for-12 in save chances.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jose Urena to start on Tuesday vs. Pirates
    Jose Urena will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first major league start against the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Urena, 23, has been up to the majors for two relief appearances but this will be his first start. The right-hander has posted a 1.21 ERA and 22/12 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings for New Orleans this season. Urena could get a few starts with the Marlins dealing with multiple injuries in their rotation.
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm ^ @Pit
  • Noesi allows 5 runs in 7 IP in a loss to TOR
    Hector Noesi fell to 0-4 on Monday against the Blue Jays after allowing five runs in seven innings of work.

    Advice: The Jays scored four times in the first inning: twice on a Chris Colabello single and two more on a Justin Smoak home run. Josh Donaldson tacked on with a solo home run in the second, but Noesi settled down from there. He allowed five hits in total with three walks and four strikeouts. Noesi was re-inserted into the rotation after a spell in the bullpen, but now carries a 5.84 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP and a 20/14 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He'll take the hill next in Houston to face the Astros.
    Yesterday, 6:25 pm
  • Chad Gaudin has carpal tunnel release surgery
    Chad Gaudin could be ready to pitch in a month after undergoing carpal tunnel release surgery.

    Advice: Gaudin has battled nerve issues the past couple years but is hoping that this operation finally puts them to bed. He could potentially get a shot at some point with all the Dodgers' pitching injuries, but they certainly won't be counting on him.
    Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Carlos Martinez excellent in no-decision
    Carlos Martinez had to settle for a no-decision but was superb nonetheless Monday, tossing seven shutout frames in a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Martinez surrendered just five hits -- all singles -- while walking two and striking out eight. Of the 21 outs he recorded on the day, 19 of them came either via a strikeout or groundball. After back-to-back poor starts to kick off the month, Martinez has now allowed just two runs over his last three outings to lower his ERA to 3.54. He'll try to keep it going against the Dodgers this weekend.
    Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Joe Paterson inks minors deal with A's
    Athletics signed LHP Joe Paterson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Paterson was cut loose by the Royals recently after holding a 5.68 ERA over 12 relief appearances at Triple-A Omaha. He'll provide some lefty relief depth for the A's.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Roark wins in return to rotation
    In his first start back in the Nationals' rotation, Tanner Roark fired five innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Taking the place of the injured Doug Fister (forearm) in the rotation, Roark held the Cubs to three hits and one walk while striking out three. He threw 66 pitches, which is right about where the Nationals were planning to cut him off for his first start back. Roark isn't going to amass a ton of strikeouts -- he averaged just 6.25 K/9 last year -- but he should be mixed league relevant as a starter. The NL East is full of light-hitting teams.
    Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • Storen locks down 15th save of season
    Drew Storen struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Cubs for his 15th save of the season.

    Advice: Storen began the ninth inning by hitting Kris Bryant with a pitch -- it was originally ruled as a check swing, but overturned on replay -- but he was able to retire the final three batters to end it. He leads the NL in saves and has an excellent 0.89 ERA and 26/3 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Rondon shoots to return middle of next week
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) is hoping to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen by the middle of next week.

    Advice: Rondon had a 1-2-3 inning Sunday in his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo, hitting 98 mph a couple times on the radar gun. The goal is for him to make back-to-back appearances on Friday and Saturday and then a final appearance of more than one inning after that. If he gets through that with no issues, he'll be activated. Rondon has been out all season with right biceps tendinitis.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Dylan Bundy nursing sore pitching shoulder
    Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been scratched from Tuesday's start at Double-A Bowie due to a sore right shoulder.

    Advice: The club thinks it could just be tendinitis, but they'll know more when Bundy visits the doctor on Tuesday. The young righty has pitched well this season, posting a 3.68 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio over 22 innings.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Hou
  • Doolittle (shoulder) due back from DL Tues.
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Doolittle has spent the first two months of the 2015 regular season rehabbing a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. He allowed five runs in five innings on his rehab assignment, so the A's will likely ease him back into high-leverage situations. The 28-year-old southpaw should eventually take over for Tyler Clippard at closer.
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Gausman (shoulder) to throw sim. game June 2
    Kevin Gausman (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game on June 2.

    Advice: Gausman first has to make it through a bullpen session Tuesday and a live batting practice session Friday. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since early May with shoulder tendinitis. It's not exactly clear what his role will be once he's deemed ready to pitch in major league games.
    Yesterday, 8:37 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Hou
  • Royals recall Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A
    Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Finnegan had a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of relief for the Royals when they optioned him to the minors on May 7. He's presumably going to return to a long relief role, though he had made three starts on the farm.
    Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Danny Duffy (shoulder) lands on disabled list
    Royals placed LHP Danny Duffy on the 15-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: Duffy reported feeling discomfort around his left shoulder last week and he's been rocked in his last few starts, so the Royals will give him some extended rest. Jason Vargas will be activated to start in his place Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium and Brandon Finnegan will join the Royals from Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
    Yesterday, 7:04 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Fields (knee) tosses scoreless inning Sun.
    Josh Fields (knee) tossed a scoreless inning in the Astros' win over the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Fields struck out two of the four batters he faced. He was shut down for a bit after taking a comebacker off the outside of his right knee last Thursday. It was no big deal. Fields, 29, boasts a 0.87 ERA and 18/3 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings this season for Houston.
    Yesterday, 5:41 am
  • Storen K's two as Nats beat the Phillies
    Drew Storen worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 14th save as the Nationals wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Storen allowed a one-out double to Grady Sizemore, but struck out Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera to end the contest. The right-hander is 14-for-15 in save opportunities with a stellar 0.93 ERA and a 25/3 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.
    Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Fields (knee) expected to be available Sunday
    Josh Fields (knee) could be available to pitch as soon as Sunday.

    Advice: Fields suffered a bone contusion on the outside of his right knee when he was hit by a comebacker Thursday. He threw a bullpen session Saturday and is expected to be fine.
    Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Sean Doolittle to be re-evaluated on Monday
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday.

    Advice: The A's received glowing reports from Doolittle's last rehab outing on Friday, and barring any setbacks it looks as though he will be cleared to rejoin the bullpen at some point next week. Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that he would probably be used in lower leverage situations his first couple of times out, easing the hard-throwing southpaw back into the closer's role. His return would spell the end of the fantasy value for Tyler Clippard.
    Saturday, 11:30 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Tanner Roark to start for Nats on Monday
    Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals on Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: That will push Jordan Zimmermann back a day until Tuesday and line Roark up for a pair of starts next week. He'll occupy the spot in the Nationals rotation until the ailing Doug Fister returns and is certainly worth a look in all mixed leagues.
    Saturday, 10:37 am
  • Drew Storen slams door on Phillies in ninth
    Drew Storen worked a scoreless ninth inning on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage against the Phillies to earn his 13th save of the season.

    Advice: He did allow a pair of hits which put the game, and Max Scherzer's win, in jeopardy, but was able to battle back with a fly ball and a strikeout to end the evening. He has done a terrific job in his transition back to the closer's role, compiling a 0.98 ERA and 23/3 K/BB ratio across 18 1/3 innings.
    Friday, 7:02 pm
  • Danny Duffy (shoulder) pushed back to Tuesday
    Danny Duffy's (shoulder) next scheduled start has been pushed back from Saturday to Tuesday.

    Advice: Duffy is dealing with some stiffness in his pitching shoulder, which could at least partly explain his erratic performance of late. It doesn't appear to be something the Royals are overly concerned with since they're merely pushing him back a few days, but anytime the shoulder is involved there's some worry. Edinson Volquez and Yordano Ventura will move up a day but will be on regular rest.
    Friday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Roark to join Nationals' rotation next week
    Tanner Roark is expected to start either on Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: With Doug Fister (elbow) out indefinitely, it appears the Nationals are ready to move Roark back into the rotation. He hasn't pitched in five days, but he faced hitters on Friday and is expected to be able to get to 70 pitches during his start. The owner of a career 2.70 ERA over 36 starts, Roark should be scooped up in fantasy leagues where he remains unowned.
    Friday, 1:25 pm
  • Joe Paterson released by Royals
    Royals released LHP Joe Paterson.

    Advice: Paterson posted a 5.68 ERA over 12 relief appearances at Triple-A Omaha this season. The 29-year-old has spent time in the majors in each of the last four seasons and shouldn't be out of a job long.
    Friday, 7:53 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Rondon touches 99 mph in first rehab game
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) touched 99 miles per hour on the radar gun during his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

    Advice: The hefty right-hander allowed one run on two hits over his 2/3 of an inning, throwing 14 of his 22 pitches for strikes. As long as he feels good after this outing, he'll work again on Sunday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has indicated that he'd like Rondon to work on back-to-back days at Toledo before he's cleared to rejoin the Tigers bullpen, which could happen before the end of the month.
    Thursday, 6:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Fields diagnosed with knee contusion
    Josh Fields was diagnosed with a bone contusion on the outside of his right knee.

    Advice: Fields was forced to exit Thursday's game after he was hit in the leg by a comebacker. Fortunately, X-rays came back negative and it sounds like he won't have to miss much time.
    Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Fields exits game after being hit by liner
    Josh Fields left Thursday's game against the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning after he was hit in the right leg by a comebacker.

    Advice: The ball, which was hit by Anthony Gose, appeared to hit him around his knee. He limped off the field before being replaced by Will Harris. The Astros should provide an update soon.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Martinez spins 6 1/3 shutout innings vs. Mets
    Carlos Martinez hurled 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball, earning his fourth victory as the Cardinals ran roughshod over the Mets 9-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez scattered four hits, a pair of walks, and a hit batsman in his outing. It's the first time he pitched into the seventh inning since April 24. The right-hander has a 4.08 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 48/22 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. Martinez will look to start another winning streak when he starts an afternoon game against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
    Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Rondon (biceps) needs back-to-back outings
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Bruce Rondon (biceps) will have to make back-to-back rehab appearances before he is activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Rondon is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Toledo and will then pitch again Sunday. He's not scheduled for Monday, so it's probably going to be at least a week before the hard-throwing right-hander arrives in the Tigers' bullpen. He's been out all season with biceps tendinitis and missed the entire 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery.
    Wednesday, 2:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Kevin Gausman (shoulder) to throw live BP
    Kevin Gausman (shoulder) will throw live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Gausman has expanded his sessions of catch to 60 feet and will move back to 90 feet on Thursday before stepping on the mound. The goal is for him to throw a simulated game on May 27. Working his way back from right shoulder tendinitis, will join Triple-A Norfolk's rotation when ready, but the open spot for him with the Orioles may still be in the bullpen.
    Wednesday, 5:59 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Hou
  • Kimbrel escapes with the save after a homer
    Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo home run but still picked up his 11th save as the Padres escaped with a 4-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Staked to a two-run lead, Kimbrel got two quick outs on strikeouts before Chris Coghlan took him out to center field for a solo home run. The flame-throwing right-hander got Mike Baxter to ground out to end the game. Kimbrel has been remarkably hittable this season as he has a 5.74 ERA and has allowed three home runs in 15 2/3 innings. Nevertheless, he's 11-for-12 in save chances with a 23/5 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Bruce Rondon (biceps) cleared for rehab
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment this Thursday with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Rondon is scheduled to make appearances on Thursday and Sunday and could then be cleared to join the Tigers' bullpen. The hard-throwing right-hander has been on the shelf all season with biceps tendinitis. He missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery.
    Tuesday, 1:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Bruce Rondon (biceps) throws sim game
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Bruce Rondon (biceps) "looked really good" during a 25-pitch simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Assuming Rondon feels fine on Tuesday, the Tigers will then decide whether the reliever will throw another simulated game or begin a rehab assignment. "The thing with him, it's been the day after," Ausmus said. "So we are keeping our fingers crossed that it'll be the same as his recent track record where he's felt pretty good coming in the next day. We will know more tomorrow. But as far as his simulated game or live BP, he looked strong."
    Monday, 5:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Gausman could have sim game on May 27
    Kevin Gausman (shoulder) could throw a simulated game on May 27.

    Advice: He'll need to get through some flat ground and bullpen session before that. Gausman is slated for Triple-A Norfolk's rotation once healthy but could eventually rejoin the Orioles in a relief role.
    May 17, 9:00 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Hou
  • Danny Duffy could be booted from rotation
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Sunday that Danny Duffy will need to show improvement in order to avoid being removed from the rotation.

    Advice: Yost said that Duffy will "probably" make his next scheduled start, but the left-hander is on thin ice after another poor showing Saturday. He has a 5.87 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings this season and could be replaced by Jason Vargas (elbow) when the latter is ready to return from the disabled list.
    May 17, 8:33 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Duffy allows three runs in loss to Yankees
    Danny Duffy surrendered four earned runs over five innings Saturday in the Royals' loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Duffy gave up a run on a Carlos Beltran sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning and then three runs on a Chase Headley homer in the top of the fifth. Duffy walked four and gave up four total hits in his third straight poor outing. He has a rough 2-3 record, 5.87 ERA, and 1.70 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings this season. A tough matchup with the cross-state Cardinals is next.
    May 16, 7:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Bruce Rondon to throw simulated game soon
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) felt good after a bullpen session on Friday and will soon throw a simulated game.

    Advice: If all goes well in that simulated game, he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, he could return to a setup role in the Tigers bullpen before the end of the month.
    May 16, 12:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Martinez allows two runs vs. Tigers
    Carlos Martinez allowed two runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Martinez gave up a solo homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the second inning and a sacrifice fly to Ian Kinsler in the fifth, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. Still, it was an obvious improvement over his previous two outings. Martinez struck out eight and walked two and now owns a 4.73 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio through 40 innings this season. He'll get the struggling Mets next week in New York.
    May 15, 10:11 pm
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