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  • Rasmus could begin rehab assignment next week
    Cory Rasmus (abdomen) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Rasmus had surgery to repair a core muscle in late March. He'll likely need a few weeks on the rehab assignment before returning to the Angels in mid-June.
    Today, 4:24 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Sox transfer Anthony Varvaro to 60-day DL
    Red Sox transferred RHP Anthony Varvaro from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Varvaro underwent season-ending elbow surgery on Tuesday. The right-hander posted an impressive 2.63 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 50/13 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last year for the Braves, but he had a mess of a 2015 campaign.
    Today, 2:52 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 6-4 @Min
  • Dodgers acquire Ian Thomas in Uribe trade
    Dodgers acquired LHP Ian Thomas, INF Alberto Callaspo, LHP Eric Stults, and RHP Juan Jaime from the Braves for 3B Juan Uribe and RHP Chris Withrow.

    Advice: Thomas has posted some intriguing minor league numbers, but he's allowed 11 walks in 16 career major league frames. The 28-year-old lefty reliever will head to the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.
    Today, 1:39 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Atl
  • Estrada solid in 7 innings against White Sox
    Marco Estrada gave up three runs in seven innings, taking a no-decision as the Blue Jays lost in 10 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Estrada fell behind in the third inning when Jose Abreu brought in two runs with a double. The third run came in the sixth on a J.B. Shuck single. He allowed eight hits in total while walking none and striking out two. Estrada has been mediocre since moving into the rotation in early May, sporting a 5.02 ERA and a 22/9 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings as a starter. He'll look for better results in his next start, which comes on the road against the Nationals.
    Today, 1:24 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ CWS
  • Dodgers DFA right-hander Sergio Santos
    Dodgers designated RHP Sergio Santos for assignment.

    Advice: Los Angeles needed to clear out a 40-man roster spot following the six-player Juan Uribe trade, and Santos was the odd man out. The 31-year-old right-hander had registered a 4.73 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 15/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings this season for the Dodgers.
    Today, 1:17 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Atl
  • Hand's five shutout innings wasted by Marlins
    Brad Hand blanked the Pirates over five innings of work but took a no-decision as the Marlins lost on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hand allowed only four hits, issued no walks, and struck out two in the effort. Only one of the hits went for extra bases. The lefty was moved from the bullpen to make a spot start as the Marlins are dealing with a rash of injuries in their starting rotation. Hand has a 4.50 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP and a 20/6 K/BB ratio in 28 innings. If the Marlins call on him to start again, he would do so at home against the Cubs.
    Today, 12:23 pm
    L, 5-2 ^ @Pit
  • Chad Smith designated for assignment
    Angels designated RHP Chad Smith for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Smith was just acquired from the A's earlier this month after they had designated him for assignment.
    Today, 10:59 am
    Not Active
  • Erik Cordier clears waivers
    Erik Cordier has cleared waivers.

    Advice: He has three days to decide whether to accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Sacramento. Cordier holds a 1.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 12 frames for Sacramento this season.
    Today, 10:57 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • 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.
    Today, 10:49 am
    Not Active
    W, 4-2 vs KC
  • Jon Edwards recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Jon Edwards from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Edwards had one scoreless appearance with the big club earlier this season but has spent almost all of the year at Round Rock, where he's held a 1.15 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 frames. He'll work in middle relief initially.
    Today, 8:36 am
  • 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
    W, 7-0 vs Phi
  • 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
  • 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
    Bot 7, 0-2 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
    L, 3-0 vs Sea
  • Shoemaker holds Padres scoreless over 7 IP
    Matt Shoemaker hurled seven scoreless innings but got a no-decision as the Angels lost 4-0 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shoemaker was locked in a pitcher's duel with opposing starter Odrisamer Despaigne. The right-hander allowed only four hits -- all singles -- along with a walk and six strikeouts. He's had a forgettable 2015 campaign, carrying a 5.44 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP and a 48/10 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings, but he has plenty of time to turn things around. He has allowed 13 home runs, a rate of more than two per nine innings, which is not something he is likely to sustain over the long haul. Shoemaker will take on the Tigers in a home start next.
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Brad Hand to start on Wednesday
    Brad Hand will start Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

    Advice: The Marlins are scrambling for starters with Jarred Cosart (vertigo), Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) and Mat Latos (knee) on the disabled list. Jose Urena started Tuesday and now Hand will be pulled out of the bullpen to take the ball Wednesday. Hand last pitched two-thirds of an inning on Sunday and hasn't gone more than 2 2/3 frames this month. Obviously he won't be long for Wednesday's contest.
    Yesterday, 7:09 pm
    L, 5-2 ^ @Pit
  • 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
    Bot 7, 0-2 vs Was
  • Red Sox get back Varvaro, place him on DL
    Red Sox placed RHP Anthony Varvaro on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 29, with a torn right flexor tendon.

    Advice: This is an interesting one. Varvaro was claimed off waivers by the Cubs early this month after the Red Sox designated him for assignment. Chicago eventually removed him from their 40-man roster, as well, but he's now back in Boston because it's been discovered he suffered the elbow injury while with the Red Sox. Varvaro isn't expected to return this season, but at least he'll draw a major league paycheck now.
    Sunday, 10:45 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 6-4 @Min
  • Estrada takes loss against Mariners
    Marco Estrada was charged with four runs in seven innings in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: It was his longest outing of the season. Estrada gave up a solo shot to Nelson Cruz, but the big blow was a three-run inning in the fourth. He walked three and struck out five in the loss and now owns a 3.90 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings over four starts and six relief appearances this season. He lines up for a start against the
    Friday, 7:15 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ CWS
  • Ian Thomas recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled LHP Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Thomas held a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 3/3 K/BB ratio over his four innings of relief work earlier this season with the big club. He'll be used in middle relief.
    Friday, 1:59 pm
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs Atl
  • Matt Shoemaker gives up eight runs in loss
    Matt Shoemaker was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- in six innings by the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Shoemaker gave up two homers tonight, bringing his season total to 13 in 44 1/3 innings. Last year, he gave up a total of 14 in 136 innings. That's really the only difference between the campaigns; he has a fine 42/9 K/BB ratio and he's not giving up a ton of singles. One would think he's not going to maintain a 6.29 ERA all year, but the slight dip in his velocity has ruined his margin for error and his fantasy value.
    Thursday, 6:54 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
    L, 3-0 vs Sea
  • 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
    Bot 7, 0-2 vs Was
  • 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
    W, 7-0 vs Phi
  • 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.
    May 18, 3:42 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 0-2 vs Was
  • Erik Cordier designated for assignment
    Giants activated RHP Erik Cordier from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Cordier is over his forearm injury, but the Giants decided they had a better use for a 40-man roster spot. The 29-year-old has control issues but had touch the upper-90s with his fastball, so there could be some interest in him on waivers.
    May 17, 10:19 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Cory Rasmus (abdomen) nears mound work
    Cory Rasmus (abdomen) is expected to resume throwing off a mound this week.

    Advice: Rasmus has been long-tossing from 120 feet as he works his way back from March core muscle surgery. He could be an option for the Angels at some point next month.
    May 17, 9:01 am
    60-Day DL
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