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  • Coleman (shoulder) makes appearance for OKC
    Louis Coleman (shoulder) made a rehab appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday.

    Advice: Coleman hurled a scoreless inning of relief in OKC's 5-0 loss to Colorado Springs. This was his second rehab outing after appearing in the Arizona League on Monday. Obviously Coleman's shoulder is feeling better and it looks like he'll be back in L.A.'s bullpen next week. The 30-year-old has pitched to a 3.70 ERA in 50 games for the Dodgers this year. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Herrera strikes out two in earning ninth save
    Kelvin Herrera struck out two in a scoreless inning of work Thursday against the Marlins, earning him his ninth save.

    Advice: Herrera has now rattled off seven straight scoreless appearances since melting down against the White Sox earlier this month. He's got five saves in those seven appearances, aided by the Royals' recent re-entry into the American League Wild Card race. Herrera is one of the elite, posting a 1.87 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 73/8 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Luis Avilan sent down for Shawn Zarraga
    Dodgers optioned RHP Luis Avilan to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Shawn Zarraga was called up in the corresponding roster move. Avilan has spent most of the year shutting between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. The right-hander has produced a 5.91 ERA over 16 outings for the Dodgers this year. Yesterday, 7:31 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Seth Lugo departs game with calf cramp
    Seth Lugo left Thursday's game against the Cardinals with a right calf cramp.

    Advice: Lugo started cramping up while warming up in the sixth inning. He had a terrific night before the injury, scattering two hits and three walks over five shutout frames. Lugo should be fine for his next start though he might not be needed with Steven Matz (shoulder) a candidate to return on Tuesday. Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Jake Peavy to make spot start on Saturday
    Jake Peavy will start Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Peavy is filling in for Matt Cain, who was placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain. Cain could be back next week, so this might be the only start Peavy gets. He was dropped from the rotation after the Giants acquired left-hander Matt Moore at the trade deadline. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • RHP Silvino Bracho returns to Arizona
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Bracho has put on the frequent flyer miles this year with his repeated trips from Reno to Phoenix. He hasn't had the year he was hoping for after pitching well at the end of last season. The right-hander holds a lackluster 6.75 ERA in 15 games for the Snakes in 2016. Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Vicente Campos called up for the first time
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Vicente Campos from Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: The D'Backs could use some backup after last night's game finished in just under five hours. Campos was acquired last month in a deal that sent Tyler Clippard to the Yankees. He's pitched reasonably well since the trade with a 3.60 ERA over four starts for Mobile. This is the right-hander's first stint in the big leagues. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Steve Hathaway headed back to the minors
    Diamondbacks optioned LHP Steve Hathaway to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Hathaway's first month in the big leagues was a mixed bag. He logged a disappointing 5.79 ERA over 14 appearances but he only allowed runs in two of those outings. Dominic Leone is also getting sent down. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • Diamondbacks option RHP Dominic Leone
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Dominic Leone to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks wanted to bring up some fresh arms after Wednesday's 11-inning marathon against the Braves. Leone carries an unsightly 7.52 ERA across 20 relief outings this year. He'll be back in September. Yesterday, 4:18 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • RHP Brandon Cunniff called up to Atlanta
    Braves recalled RHP Brandon Cunniff from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves needed a fresh arm after losing to the Diamondbacks in 11 innings on Wednesday night. Cunniff logged a 7.36 ERA in three appearances with the big club earlier this month. He's fared much better in the minors with a 3.38 ERA over 41 outings for Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Braves send down Madison Younginer
    Braves optioned RHP Madison Younginer to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Younginer got hit hard in his first stint in the big leagues, recording an ugly 6.43 ERA over eight appearances. Right-hander Brandon Cunnif will head to Atlanta in the corresponding roster move. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Andrew Albers headed back to Minnesota
    Twins purchased the contract of LHP Andrew Albers from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins have taken a beating the past few days and could use a fresh arm out of the bullpen. The veteran left-hander made one appearance for Minnesota earlier this month, allowing five runs (three earned) over six innings in a lopsided loss to Houston. He'll work in long relief. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Francisco Rodriguez picks up 35th save
    Francisco Rodriguez notched his 35th save with a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was Rodriguez's 421st career save. He'll move into fourth place on the all-time list within the next week or two, overtaking Billy Wagner (422) and John Franco (424). Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Clay Buchholz headed back to the bullpen
    Clay Buchholz will move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) returns to the starting rotation Sunday against the Royals.

    Advice: Steven Wright (shoulder) is also returning this weekend. Buchholz is coming off arguably his best start of the season (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R Tuesday against Tampa Bay) and has been a much improved pitcher in the second half with a 3.00 ERA over 11 appearances. There's a good chance we'll see him back in the rotation at some point this year. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Enny Romero records first career save
    Enny Romero struck out David Ortiz for his first career save Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Rays didn't want to use Alex Colome or Brad Boxberger today, so Tyler Sturdevant started the ninth in a 2-1 game. He was able to retire both Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr., and Romero took over after Ortiz was called on as a pinch-hitter. Had the inning continued, Danny Farquhar likely would have taken over. Still, it's Boxberger who is the primary fallback to Colome. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz strikes out 11 Rays
    Drew Pomeranz took a loss against the Rays after allowing two runs and striking out 11 in six-plus innings.

    Advice: Working in a 1-1 game, Pomeranz gave up a single and an RBI double to open the seventh before being lifted. The Red Sox went on to lose 2-1. It's still worth wondering if Pomeranz will fade down the stretch as his innings count continues to build, but he's been very good lately after a rough first three starts for the Red Sox. Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Indians release right-hander Tommy Hunter
    Indians released RHP Tommy Hunter.

    Advice: Hunter had been sidelined since mid-July with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back and was struggling badly on his minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old right-hander is now a free agent. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Mariners option Tony Zych to AAA Tacoma
    Mariners optioned RHP Tony Zych to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Zych just returned Tuesday from a three-month rotator cuff injury, but he allowed two walks and three hits over his first 1 2/3 innings (two appearances) out of the Seattle bullpen. He'll try to get right at Triple-A. Yesterday, 9:30 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Orioles option Parker Bridwell to Norfolk
    Orioles optioned RHP Parker Bridwell to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Bridwell surrendered five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings out of the Baltimore bullpen during his short stay at the big league level. He could be back in September. Yesterday, 8:46 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Orioles recall Logan Ondrusek from Norfolk
    Orioles recalled RHP Logan Ondrusek from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Baltimore needs a fresh bullpen arm after a messy game Wednesday night against the Nationals, and with Ubaldo Jimenez scheduled to start on Thursday. Ondrusek, 31, has allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski from A's
    Nationals acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics for INF Max Schrock.

    Advice: Rzepczynski has walked 24 batters and yielded 38 hits in 36 innings this season for a nasty 1.72 WHIP, but he has somehow managed a 3.00 ERA. Washington is desperate for bullpen help, especially from the left side. "Scrabble" will function in a lefty specialist role. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Hudson moving into late-inning role with ARI
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

    Advice: Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess. Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Enrique Burgos gives up four runs in ninth
    After entering the ninth with a 9-5 lead, Enrique Burgos gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Burgos just got the closer gig from Jake Barrett last week, but he's probably thrown it away now (he also blew a save on Monday). The Diamondbacks could go back to Barrett or turn to Daniel Hudson, who has put together a nice August following his July implosion. We'd say Hudson is worth a shot. Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Mets bring southpaw Gilmartin up to majors
    Mets recalled LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Gilmartin held a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 innings last season, but he has yet to find that kind of success in 2016. The 26-year-old southpaw has made five appearances with the Mets this season and has allowed seven runs on 11 hits in nine innings. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just up for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of two-run ball in the 8-1 loss. Goeddel has pitched to a 4.55 ERA in 29 1/3 innings at the major league level this season. Now back to Triple-A. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Mets recall Goeddel after Niese injury
    Mets recalled RHP Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just sent down on Saturday, but the Mets recalled him with Jon Niese landing on the disabled list due to a left knee injury. In 28 bullpen innings with the Mets this season, Goeddel held a 4.18 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio. His is a serviceable filler arm out of the pen, but there is no fantasy intrigue here. Tuesday, 9:56 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Kelvin Herrera nails down eighth save
    Kelvin Herrera notched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Herrera induced a flyout, groundout back to the pitcher and a strikeout to finish it off. He's converted all eight of his save chances since taking over closing duties and might keep the job even if Wade Davis (forearm) makes it back. Tuesday, 7:35 pm
  • Buchholz strikes out nine in win over Rays
    Clay Buchholz struck out nine while allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Buchholz scattered five hits and two walks in the start, which was supposed to be his last before Steven Wright rejoined the rotation this week. That may be thrown into question with the good turn, his second in a row allowing just one run over six or more innings. Of course, he's got a 5.18 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 107 2/3 innings, so the Sox would be justified in sending him back to the bullpen as well. We'll know their plans soon enough. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Dodgers recall Luis Avilan from AAA OKC
    Dodgers recalled RHP Luis Avilan from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Avilan has a 5.91 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this year at the big league level. He'll pitch in middle relief. Tuesday, 6:41 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Mariners activate Tony Zych off 60-day DL
    Mariners activated RHP Tony Zych from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Zych will be available out of the Seattle bullpen on Tuesday night against the Yankees after missing nearly three full months with right rotator cuff tendinitis. He had a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 12 innings of relief before landing on the shelf. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Enrique Burgos blows save
    Giving the ninth with a one-run lead, Enrique Burgos gave up a homer to Freddie Freeman and took a blown save Monday.

    Advice: Burgos got the win when the Diamondbacks came back and scored in the bottom of the ninth. He's taken three blown saves in his last four appearances, but this is the first of those that have come in the ninth. He could get the Diamondbacks' next save chance anyway. Monday, 10:20 pm
  • Hunter (back) won't return until September
    Tommy Hunter (back) has been informed that he's not likely to return until after rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Hunter, out since mid-July with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back, has allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings since beginning a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus earlier this month. The Indians want him to get more work in the minors before bringing him back. The 30-year-old owns a 3.74 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings this season. Monday, 6:24 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Buchholz to start for Red Sox on Tuesday
    Clay Buchholz will make another start for the injured Steven Wright on Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has actually done a decent job filling in this time around and could be worth a look as a streaming option in mixed leagues. He's slated to return to the bullpen once Wight returns over the weekend however. Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Parker Bridwell recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Parker Bridwell from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Bridwell has put up an unimpressive 4.13 ERA and 53/31 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings across multiple stops in the minors this season. The 25-year-old will work in long relief and will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. Sunday, 7:34 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Pomeranz yields one run in five frames in win
    Drew Pomeranz held the Tigers to just one run on four hits while striking out three in five innings to earn a win in the Red Sox' 3-2 victory.

    Advice: He gave up four hits and did not walk anyone. The lone run he allowed was a James McCann solo homer. The win gets him over the .500 mark at 10-9 with a stellar 2.95 ERA. He struggled early in his Red Sox tenure but has righted the ship in his last four starts. He has a nice date with the Rays next on the docket. Saturday, 10:27 pm
  • Burgos strikes out two, snares first save
    Enrique Burgos struck out two and walked one in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the season on Saturday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Burgos may have become the current occupant of the Diamondbacks' musical chair at closer. He is not a great option but everyone else in their bullpen has tried and failed to hold the job. Burgos has a good strikeout rate but walks have been a real problem throughout his career, even in the minors. He has a 3.07 ERA with 31 punchouts and 15 walks in 29 1/3 innings. Owners should grab him if he is available but don't expect him to run away with the job for long. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Rays activate Enny Romero from 15-day DL
    Rays activated LHP Enny Romero from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Romero has struggled out of the Rays bullpen this season, registering a 5.23 ERA and 32/20 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings this season. He has been on the shelf since August 4 due to a back strain. Saturday, 11:40 am
  • Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was sent out to make room on the roster for Jim Henderson who is returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The 27-year-old registered a 4.18 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 28 innings out of the Mets bullpen. He'll surely return once rosters expand in September. Saturday, 10:42 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Lugo charged with three runs in loss
    Seth Lugo was charged with three runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: The final two runs scored after he was replaced by Jerry Blevins in the seventh inning. Lugo was asked to fill in for Steven Matz (shoulder) and did a respectable job under the circumstances, giving up seven hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Matz is convinced his shoulder issue isn’t a big deal, but Lugo could get more chances if he needs to miss extended time. We just don’t expect much fantasy value here. Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Enrique Burgos moving into closer role?
    Enrique Burgos holds a 0.87 ERA and 23/10 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 relief innings since being recalled last month.

    Advice: He hasn't earned any saves yet over that stretch, but Jake Barrett has struggled of late and it looks like Burgos might move into the ninth inning. The 25-year-old hasn't given up an earned run in his last 13 appearances, although he did serve up a bases-clearing double Thursday (all three runs were charged to Barrett). Burgos is worth a speculative pick-up in fantasy leagues. Friday, 8:53 am
  • Clay Buchholz strong for six innings
    Clay Buchholz pitched six innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Tigers.

    Advice: Buchholz made his case to remain in the rotation following Steven Wright's return from the disabled list. He might head back to the bullpen anyway, but it would likely be just temporary; he'll be needed to make more starts in September. Thursday, 1:45 pm
  • Herrera strikes out two in clean ninth
    Kelvin Herrera struck out two batters and did not allow a baserunner while notching his sixth save of the year on Wednesday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Herrera has been excellent since taking over the Royals' closer job when Wade Davis went down. He has a 2.01 ERA with 68 strikeouts and eight walks in 53 2/3 innings. The flame-thrower has been one of the most reliable set-up men in the league the last few years. He is likely to remain a closer either in Kansas City or elsewhere for the foreseeable future. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Enny Romero (back) set for rehab games
    Enny Romero (back) will make a rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Romero had a successful simulated workout on Monday and got the go-ahead Tuesday to begin a minor league rehab assignment. He owns an underwhelming 5.23 ERA and 32/20 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings of relief this season at the major league level. Tuesday, 2:03 pm
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