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  • Axford picks up his third save vs. D'Backs
    John Axford saw his way out of ninth-inning hot water, converting his third save as the Rockies won 5-4 against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Axford allowed the tying run to reach third base when Paul Goldschmidt singled to put runners on first and third with two outs in the ninth inning. Axford was able to get the dangerous Mark Trumbo to ground out to third base to end the game. As regular closer Adam Ottavino hit the disabled list, Axford should be seeing plenty of save chances for the foreseeable future. He's 3-for-3 in save opportunities with a spotless ERA and a 6/2 K/BB ratio in five innings.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Lincecum takes second loss in 4 IP vs. LAD
    Tim Lincecum got the loss on Monday versus the Dodgers, serving up four runs in four innings of work.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored all four runs in the third inning, but Lincecum just wasn't sharp in general. He gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out only two. The right-hander still sports a productive 3.27 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Lincecum will look for better results in his next start at home against the Angels.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Gibbons: Cecil would have closed on Monday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons revealed after Monday's loss to the Red Sox that he would have used Brett Cecil as his closer had an opportunity arisen.

    Advice: Miguel Castro has struggled lately, as he's been scored upon in four out of his last five appearances and blown two save chances over that stretch. The 20-year-old took the loss on Monday, retiring just one of the four batters he faced. Cecil has been worse this season with a 7.20 ERA, but it appears that, at the very least, the two might be in a committee at closer at this point. "Ideally, we'll get some defined roles," Gibbons said. "Right now it's really just kind of a crap shoot but we need to settle in and run with it and live with the results, is really the way we need to start approaching it." Needless to say, it's a less than ideal situation for fantasy owners.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Sanchez strikes out seven in a no-decision
    Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision on Monday, yielding four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays fell to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sanchez was staked to a 3-0 lead before he took the mound, but promptly gave two of those runs back on a Pablo Sandoval two-run single in the bottom of the first. In total, Sanchez gave up five hits and walked two while fanning seven. Sanchez has yet to complete the sixth inning in his first four starts and now owns a 5.03 ERA with a 1.68 WHIP and a 16/14 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He'll match up against the Indians in Cleveland next.
    Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Familia retires Marlins in order for the save
    Jeurys Familia recorded his ninth save with a perfect ninth inning on Monday as the Mets won late against the Marlins.

    Advice: It didn't look like Familia would be needed, as the Mets entered the top of the ninth of a low-scoring affair down 1-0. But Daniel Murphy clubbed a go-ahead three-run home run to create a save situation for Familia. The right-hander struck out Marcell Ozuna, then got consecutive ground outs from Mike Morse and J.T. Realmuto to end the contest. Familia moves to 9-for-9 in save situations and sports a 1.69 ERA with a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 6:21 pm
  • Shawn Kelley (calf) throw off mound
    Shawn Kelley (calf) faced live hitters on Monday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list over the weekend with a left calf strain. Kelley is eligible to return on May 8 and it sounds like he should have a good chance to be activated at that time.
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • David Hale activated, then optioned
    Rockies activated RHP David Hale from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Hale is over his oblique injury but will have to work his way back to the majors. He figures to be used in Albuquerque's rotation.
    Yesterday, 3:06 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Brian Duensing to be activated on Saturday
    Brian Duensing (intercostal) threw a bullpen session Monday with no issues.

    Advice: He'll next throw a simulated game on Thursday. Assuming he gets through that without any problems, Duensing will be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 2:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Gonzales to resume throwing this week
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) will resume throwing in 4-5 days.

    Advice: Gonzales was placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list late last week with soreness in his left pectoral/shoulder. Assuming all goes well from here on out, he should be ready to take Adam Wainwright's (Achilles) spot in the rotation before long. The Cards will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney in the meantime.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
    Not Active
    5:15 pm vs Phi
  • Casey Janssen (shoulder) throw live BP
    Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw live batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: The next step is a simulated game on Thursday. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he'll be back before long.
    Yesterday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Atl
  • Asher Wojciechowski optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Asher Wojciechowski to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: It's the second time he's been sent down in the last two weeks. Wojciechowski holds a 7.31 ERA and 1.88 WHIP over 16 innings this season. The Astros will have to bring someone else up later this week when they need a fifth starter.
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
    Not Active
  • Parnell (elbow) to resume throwing Thursday
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) is planning to resume throwing off flat ground on Thursday.

    Advice: Parnell was shut down for a week with some renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow, but it doesn't sound like it was a significant setback. He's on track to debut at some point in mid-to-late May and could quickly be pitching in high-leverage situations for the Mets.
    Yesterday, 12:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Steven Wright recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Wright will give the Red Sox some much-needed bullpen depth in the wake of Sunday's 18-7 drubbing in Baltimore. The 30-year-old righty has a cool 3.66 career ERA.
    Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • McGee (elbow) cleared for rehab assignment
    Jake McGee (elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: McGee was originally slated to join Charlotte on Monday, but the Rays wanted to see a couple more bullpen sessions from the left-hander, who's coming off December elbow surgery. He's now trending toward an early-May debut, and the talented 28-year-old should move back into Tampa Bay's ninth-inning gig rather quickly. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season.
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Chris Perez opts out of deal with Brewers
    Brewers released RHP Chris Perez.

    Advice: Perez signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on March 31 but exercised his opt-out Monday after allowing 14 hits and eight earned runs in 7 2/3 innings at Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 29-year-old former All-Star closer will hope for better results with a change of scenery. He posted a 4.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 46 1/3 innings with the Dodgers in 2014.
    Yesterday, 8:05 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Wojciechowski roughed up for five runs vs A's
    Adam Wojciechowski allowed five runs in four innings during Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Wojciechowski did not factor into the decision. He surrendered two runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth while striking out four and walking two. This was the right-hander's second start since being recalled from Triple-A to replace an injured Brad Peacock (hip). In those two starts, he's allowed nine runs in eight innings. He'll get the Mariners at home in his next outing.
    Sunday, 4:38 pm
    Not Active
  • Giants/Rockies postponed because to rain
    Sunday's game between the Giants and Rockies has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No makeup date has been announced yet. Scheduled starters Tim Lincecum and Tyler Matzek will presumably be pushed back a day.
    Sunday, 10:52 am
  • McGee (elbow) to throw bullpen on Saturday
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: McGee had his minor league rehab assignment pushed back after he experienced general soreness after an appearance in extended spring training last week. If all goes well, he should begin that rehab assignment at some point during the week, with a return to the Rays bullpen not long after.
    Saturday, 5:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Padres place Shawn Kelley on disabled list
    Padres placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain.

    Advice: The 30-year-old hurler has struggled in his time with the Padres, and perhaps the strained calf is an underlying cause. In his 5 1/3 innings of work, he's allowed six runs (10.13 ERA) while amassing a 2.63 WHIP. Kevin Quackenbush will replace him in the Padres bullpen.
    Friday, 4:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Hou
  • Casey Janssen (shoulder) throws off mound
    Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday this week.

    Advice: Assuming he recovers fine, he'll be cleared to throw a simulated game. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he's turned a corner with his shoulder ailment.
    Friday, 2:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Atl
  • Bobby Parnell (forearm) shut down for a week
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) will be shut down for the next week due to forearm soreness.

    Advice: The Mets don't appear to be overly concerned at this point, but Parnell's velocity has been down and he's been knocked around in his three rehab outings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. Obviously, he's not going to rejoin the big club's bullpen anytime soon.
    Friday, 1:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Axford shuts down Padres for his second save
    John Axford picked up his second save of the season on Thursday with a scoreless ninth inning, polishing off the Rockies 2-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Regular closer Adam Ottavino was given the day off due to what he described as "usual pitcher's soreness". Axford worked around a one-out walk of Yonder Alonso by striking out Will Venable and Alexi Amarista. Ottavino has been superb as the Rockies' regular closer, but Axford should be expected to perform reasonably well when presented with the odd save chance. Given how few and far between those opportunities will come, though, he's not worth stashing as long as Ottavino is healthy and getting the job done.
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Familia earns 8th save in Mets' win vs. ATL
    Jeurys Familia earned his eighth save of the season after finishing off the Braves in a win on Thursday.

    Advice: Jeurys Familia, major league leader in saves. Familia got two quick outs, walked Andrelton Simmons, then struck out Jace Peterson to end the contest. Familia has been excellent in the closer's role, taking over for Jenrry Mejia. In 10 games, he's 8-for-8 in save chances with a 1.86 ERA and a 12/3 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.
    Thursday, 2:09 pm
  • John Axford works scoreless inning
    John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his return to the Rockies Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was a quick 10-pitch inning for Axford, with one strikeout mixed in. He could be next in line for saves in Colorado if Adam Ottavino falters, though that's showed no signs of happening.
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Sanchez picks up win despite walking seven
    Aaron Sanchez issued seven walks in 5 1/3 innings, but still got the win on Wednesday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: The Orioles capitalized on only one of the seven walks. Following a leadoff walk to Caleb Joseph, Jimmy Paredes hit a two-out, two-run home run in the third inning to give the Orioles a temporary 2-0 lead. Sanchez allowed two hits in total and struck out four. The right-hander hasn't missed bats often and walks continue to be an issue as he carries a 9/12 K/BB ratio in 14 innings. Sanchez will have a tough match-up in his next start as he'll take on the Red Sox at Fenway.
    Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • Duensing (intercostal) plays catch Wednesday
    Brian Duensing (intercostal) played catch Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll continue to do so over the next few days. The right intercostal strain appears to be minor, and he should be back when first eligible.
    Wednesday, 5:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Rockies activate reliever John Axford
    Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the restricted list.

    Advice: Axford was away from the club for 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona. Jameson suffered some nerve damage in his foot but should ultimately be fine.
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • Marco Gonzales (pectoral) goes on Triple-A DL
    Marco Gonzales has been placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list with soreness in his left pectoral muscle.

    Advice: The Redbirds are saying the move is precautionary, though it's unclear how much time Gonzales might miss. He's posted a 4.50 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in his first 16 innings with Memphis. Obviously Gonzales won't be an option for the big club anytime soon, although with the way their rotation is performing there's certainly no need at the moment.
    Wednesday, 8:23 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm vs Phi
  • Lincecum hurls six solid frames as Giants win
    Tim Lincecum allowed just one run over six innings to help lead the Giants past the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lincecum worked around five hits and three walks, relenting just once in the fifth inning when Alex Guerrero plated a run with a double. The right-hander struck out five on the evening as he picked up his first win. It's been a while since Lincecum was an effective starting pitcher, but he has been solid in his first three starts, owning a 2.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, and a 14/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Lincecum will face the Rockies at Coors Field in his next outing, which may prove to be a troublesome endeavor.
    Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Brian Duensing to begin soft-tossing
    Brian Duensing (intercostal) will begin soft-tossing on Wednesday.

    Advice: Duensing is dealing with a minor right intercostal strain. He's expected to be ready for activated on or around the time he's first eligible.
    Tuesday, 4:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Jake McGee has rehab assigment delayed
    Jake McGee (elbow) said Tuesday that his minor league rehab assignment has been delayed after his body felt sore after an extended spring training appearance last week.

    Advice: McGee was originally slated to join Triple-A Durham on Monday, but it's now a day-to-day type of situation. The good news is that he says his elbow feels fine, but he might not be ready by the start of May as some fantasy owners were hoping.
    Tuesday, 1:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Wojciechowski lasts 4 innings in no-decision
    Asher Wojciechowski got a no-decision in Monday's win against the Mariners, yielding four runs in four innings.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed a bunch of base runners, as the Mariners racked up eight hits and drew two walks. Wojciechowski struck out six on the evening. Getting through the Mariners' tough lineup without allowing any home runs is an achievement at least. He'll get the Athletics on Oakland in his next start.
    Monday, 10:41 pm
    Not Active
  • Jake McGee (elbow) set for rehab assignment
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to join Triple-A Durham on Monday for a rehab assignment.

    Advice: McGee has already pitched in a few extended spring training games without issue. He expects to make several appearances for Durham before joining the Rays' bullpen around May 1. The left-handed closer is on his way back from December elbow surgery. He saved 19 games last season alongside a 1.89 ERA and should promptly steal ninth-inning duties back from Brad Boxberger.
    Monday, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Familia dances around leadoff walk for a save
    Jeurys Familia worked around a leadoff walk to convert his sixth save as the Mets defeated the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: With a one-run lead, Familia walked Reid Brignac to start the ninth inning. Brignac was promptly moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dee Gordon, but Familia got back-to-back ground outs to third base to end the game. Despite the win, it was a terrible afternoon for the Mets. Nevertheless, Familia moved to 6-for-6 in save chances since taking over for the injured and suspended Jenrry Mejia.
    Apr 19, 1:11 pm
  • John Axford moved to restricted list
    Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the restricted list.

    Advice: It's a paper move, as Axford had already been on the family medical emergency list after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake. The reliever is eligible to be activated at any time, though it's unclear when it will happen.
    Apr 19, 11:27 am
  • Familia to serve as closer over Parnell
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Jeurys Familia will continue to serve as the team's closer even after Bobby Parnell (elbow) and Vic Black (shoulder) return.

    Advice: It's no surprise given how well he's pitched (2.70 ERA, 9/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings, 5-for-5 in save chances) and the fact that Parnell's velocity has been down during his rehab assignment. Parnell could be another couple weeks away from being activated and Familia is talented enough to run away with the job.
    Apr 19, 7:25 am
  • David Hale to begin rehab assignment Monday
    David Hale (oblique) will make a rehab appearance at High-A Modesto on Monday.

    Advice: Hale is working his way back from a strained oblique. The goal Monday is for him to throw about 45 pitches. Prior to getting hurt, Hale had been in the mix for a rotation spot. If he comes back as a starter, Christian Bergman might have to settle for bullpen duty.
    Apr 18, 5:49 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm @Ari
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