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  • Santiago Casilla nails down fifth save
    Santiago Casilla converted his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Protecting a three-run lead, Casilla quickly disposed of the Reds on 11 pitches with two punchouts and a groundout. While he's blown two of seven save chances, Casilla also boasts a 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 12/2 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings. With Sergio Romo (elbow) hurt and Hunter Strickland struggling, Casilla's closer job is very safe. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Brewers designate LHP Freeman for assignment
    Brewers designated LHP Sam Freeman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Junior Guerra, who will be called up to start Tuesday against the Angels. Freeman was acquired from the Rangers last month and was tagged for 11 runs on 13 hits and nine walks over just 7 2/3 innings of work. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan notches quality start
    Brandon Finnegan yielded three runs over six innings in Monday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Finnegan was in line for his second victory of the season when he exited, but the Reds bullpen yielded six runs over the next two innings after he left. The southpaw issued three walks on the night and has walked 18 over 34 frames on the year. However, Finnegan also has 27 strikeouts and just 26 hits allowed. He tweaked his hamstring during Monday's start, but is hopeful of making his next turn against the Brewers. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Shawn Tolleson converts ninth save
    Shawn Tolleson nailed down his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tolleson allowed a leadoff single to Justin Smoak but then induced three straight fielder's choices to escape. While the closer's ERA still sits at an ugly 5.40, that's the result of one poor appearance. He's converted nine of 10 save opportunities and his job is very safe at the moment. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Furbush (shoulder) throws off mound
    Charlie Furbush (shoulder) threw 10-12 pitches off the mound on Sunday.

    Advice: Furbush began the year on the disabled list with left shoulder tightness, but he's getting closer to facing live hitters. He'll require a minor league rehab assignment prior to being activated. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Benoit (shoulder) ramping up throwing
    Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) felt good after throwing in the outfield on Sunday.

    Advice: Benoit has been sidelined for about a week and a half with with right shoulder inflammation, but he could be ready for a bullpen session by the end of the week. The veteran reliever should be back sometime this month if all goes well. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Dodgers' Ravin gets 80-game PED suspension
    Dodgers right-hander Josh Ravin has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

    Advice: The story was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Ravin tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2. The 28-year-old was already on the 60-day disabled list after breaking his left (non-throwing) arm in a car accident during spring training. He's the third player to receive a PED suspension in the past two weeks, joining Dee Gordon and Chris Colabello. Yesterday, 3:36 pm
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Padres designate LHP Kirkman for assignment
    Padres designated LHP Michael Kirkman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Alex Dickerson on the active roster. Kirkman was called up last week and allowed four runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings in his lone appearance. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Glen Perkins still strengthening shoulder
    Glen Perkins is still focused on strengthening his shoulder.

    Advice: In other words, he hasn't resumed throwing, so there's really no news since the most recent update on him. He's still quite a ways off from rejoining the Twins' bullpen. Kevin Jepsen will continue to hold down the closer role for now. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Devenski to start Thursday vs. Mariners
    Chris Devenski will start Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Devenski made his first major league start Saturday against the Athletics and gave up two runs over five innings. The Astros made no promises beyond that, but the performance was enough for him to keep a rotation spot over Scott Feldman in the short-term. He's worth keeping around in AL-only leagues for now. Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Hochevar (elbow) to play catch Monday
    Luke Hochevar (elbow) will play catch Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Hochevar was unavailable Sunday due to elbow tightness, but the Royals aren't concerned. Assuming his arm feels good, there's a chance he could be ready Monday. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Britton (ankle) expects to pitch again soon
    Zach Britton (ankle) expects to be available out of the Orioles' bullpen within the next few days.

    Advice: Britton sprained his left ankle Saturday while trying to field an Adam Eaton bunt. X-rays turned up negative and he told reporters Monday that he's already feeling much better. He should return at some point this week. Yesterday, 11:44 am
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Nesbitt (ankle) set for rehab assignment
    Angel Nesbitt (ankle) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday with High-A Lakeland.

    Advice: Nesbitt landed on the disabled list just before Opening Day after suffering a severe ankle sprain in mid-March. He could be an option for the Tigers' bullpen by the end of the week. The right-hander registered a 5.40 ERA over his first 21 2/3 major league innings in 2015. Yesterday, 10:47 am
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm @Cle
  • Giants option Steven Okert back to AAA
    Giants optioned LHP Steven Okert to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Okert allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings out of the San Francisco 'pen. Mac Williamson took his place on the roster ahead of Monday's series opener in Cincinnati. Yesterday, 9:57 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Braves option John Gant to AAA Gwinnett
    Braves optioned RHP John Gant to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Gant has already been up and down a couple times this year. He owns a 7.04 ERA in 7 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 7:07 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Zach Britton (ankle) to undergo MRI on Monday
    Zach Britton will undergo an MRI exam on his injured ankle on Monday.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Sunday, but the O's want to make sure there isn't any structural damage. As long as the results come back as expected, Britton could avoid a trip to the disabled list and only miss a couple of days. Darren O'Day is the most likely candidate to see save chances in his absence. Sunday, 2:18 pm
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • X-rays on Zach Britton's ankle are negative
    X-rays on Zach Britton's left ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Britton is using crutches and in a soft boot on Sunday, but he's feeling much better and expects to avoid the disabled list. The closer still figures to be unavailable for a few games, which means Darren O'Day or possibly Brad Brach or Mychal Givens could receive some save chances. Sunday, 7:53 am
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Zach Britton leaves with a sprained left ankle
    Zach Britton exited Saturday's game against the White Sox with a sprained left ankle.

    Advice: He limped off in the ninth inning after trying to field a bunt by Adam Eaton, who reached on an infield single. Britton tried to flip the ball with his glove but couldn't connect with first baseman Chris Davis. He was later charged with a run when Vance Worley allowed the inherited runner to score. Manager Buck Showalter said Britton will be re-evaluated on Sunday before more is known. Darren O'Day would likely take over the closer role if Britton ends up missing significant time. Saturday, 8:30 pm
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Devenski limits A's to two runs in spot start
    Chris Devenski allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: Making a spot start, the right-hander gave up five hits and three walks while striking out four. He had been stellar coming out of the Astros' pen prior to Saturday's start, owning a 0.66 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 12/1 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 relief innings. He'll return to being a crack member of the Astros bullpen. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Tolleson converts eighth save of season
    Shawn Tolleson fired a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Angels on Friday for his eighth save.

    Advice: Tolleson whiffed two batters in the frame. The 28-year-old gave up five runs in a disaster outing back on April 6, so he still has an ugly 6.00 ERA, but he has allowed just one run over his last nine appearances. Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Zach Britton secures sixth save on Friday
    Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox on Friday to secure his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Britton retired all three hitters that he faced in order, one of them via the strikeout, to protect a three-run advantage. He now boasts a 1.93 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio through 9 1/3 innings while making good on all six of his save opportunities. Friday, 7:28 pm
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Glen Perkins (shoulder) not close to throwing
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that there have been no indications that Glen Perkins (shoulder) is close to resuming a throwing program.

    Advice: When Perkins went on the disabled list a couple weeks ago, the Twins expressed hope that he could be ready to return when he's eligible or shortly after. Obviously that turned out to be wishful thinking. Perkins has felt improvement with his left shoulder, but obviously he's a ways away from a return. Kevin Jepsen will continue to close while Perkins is out. Friday, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Britton locks down fifth save of the year
    Zach Britton worked around a two-out RBI single to the Rays' Steve Pearce in Wednesday's 3-1 win, locking down his fifth save of the year.

    Advice: Britton has been so dominant over the past three years that his current 2.16 ERA would be higher than any of his full-season ERAs since 2013. The lefty has 10 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings and remains one of the premier closers in Major League Baseball. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
    4:05 pm vs NYY
  • Braves recall John Gant from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP John Gant from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Gant saw action in three games with the Braves earlier in April. That didn't go so hot, as the 23-year-old right-hander surrendered four runs (including two homers) in just three innings. He could see low-leverage action now that he is back with the major league club, but don't expect any fantasy relevance. Ryan Weber was optioned down to Triple-A to make room for Gant on the 40-man roster. Wednesday, 3:11 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Brandon Finnegan good early but fades late
    Brandon Finnegan pitched well for most of the night Tuesday against the Mets but finished it having allowed three runs over 6 1/3 frames.

    Advice: Finnegan was in control for most of the night, but things fell apart in the seventh. After striking out Wilmer Flores, Finnegan issued a walk to Juan Lagares and then a single to Kevin Plawecki. Rather than go to his bullpen, Bryan Price left Finnegan in to face pinch-hitter Yoenis Cespedes and lined the first pitch he saw over the left field wall. It was kind of reminiscent to Finnegan's outing versus the Cubs where he flirted with a no-hitter, lost it, was left in too long and ultimately wound up with a worse line than he deserved. Finnegan will take a 3.86 ERA into a start against the Giants. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Chris Devenski to make spot start Saturday
    Chris Devenski will make a spot start for the Astros on Saturday in Oakland.

    Advice: Devenski has registered an impressive 0.66 ERA, 0.878 WHIP, and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this season out of the Astros' bullpen, but he probably won't be able to go very deep against the A's and he makes for a poor fantasy streaming option in standard leagues. Tuesday, 5:02 pm
  • Padres add Michael Kirkman to bullpen
    Padres purchased the contract of LHP Michael Kirkman from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Kirkman will join the Padres' bullpen on Tuesday. The left-hander is obviously not fantasy-relevant. Tuesday, 3:52 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Col
  • Perkins (shoulder) hasn't resumed throwing
    Glen Perkins is seeing improvement with his strained left shoulder, but hasn't resumed throwing.

    Advice: Perkins was recommended to rest and rehab his shoulder after getting a second opinion last week. "His tests are showing more strength every day," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "I think he’s a ways away but at least he’s going the right way." Kevin Jepsen will continue to fill in at closer for Minnesota. Monday, 5:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Charlie Furbush (shoulder) making progress
    Charlie Furbush (shoulder) will throw for a third straight day Monday.

    Advice: Furbush, who began the year on the DL with left shoulder tightness, has been throwing from a distance of 135 feet. It's unclear when he'll be ready for game action, but he's getting closer. Monday, 4:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) placed on 15-day DL
    Mariners placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 22, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Benoit has been dealing with discomfort in the area for a while now, so he'll get some extended rest. The Mariners have called up Mayckol Guaipe to take his place in the bullpen. Monday, 2:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
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