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  • Orioles officially move Bud Norris to bullpen
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter officially announced Saturday that Bud Norris has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Kevin Gausman will remain in the Orioles rotation, and will make his next start on Tuesday against the Twins in Minneapolis. Norris has no one but himself to blame for the move, as he has registered a 6.79 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 39/19 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings.
    22 minutes ago
  • Roark allows two runs in relief Saturday
    Tanner Roark allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings of relief Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Roark entered the game in the fourth inning after Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent side injury. He pitched well under the circumstances, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out three. The Nationals stretched him out to 61 pitches, so he's an obvious alternative for the rotation if Strasburg needs a stint on the DL. It's also possible that Joe Ross could be called back up from the minors. It's nice to have quality options.
    31 minutes ago
  • Brandon Morrow throws successful bullpen
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) threw 40 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: The next step in his recovery is to throw a simulated game in Pittsburgh next week, and as long as everything goes well, he'll then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, he could return to the rotation before the end of July.
    Today, 10:36 am
    15-Day DL
  • Red Sox recall Steven Wright from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The 30-year-old knuckleballer owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings with the big league club this season. He'll function in long relief.
    Today, 8:13 am
  • Mariners option Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Tacoma
    Mariners optioned LHP Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 27-year-old left-hander pitched very well out of the Mariners bullpen, registering a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings. It's unclear exactly why he's being sent out though, unless they prefer to stretch him back out as a starter at Triple-A.
    Today, 6:16 am
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    1:05 pm @Oak
  • Rangers activate Matt Harrison from 60-day DL
    Rangers activated LHP Matt Harrison from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Harrison will make his long-awaited return to the Rangers rotation on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Harrison has been sidelined since undergoing spinal fusion surgery last June and has made a total of six starts in the big leagues since the 2012 season. He struggled in six starts on his minor league rehab assignment, compiling a 6.23 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 34 2/3 innings.
    Today, 5:36 am
  • Guthrie pitches into eighth against Twins
    Jeremy Guthrie pitched a strong game in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Despite Guthrie's strong performance, the pitcher did not receive a decision in the game, as the contest was knotted at 2-2 until the Royals snapped the tie in the bottom of the 10th inning. Guthrie struck out four and walked one, lowering his ERA to a still-awful 5.42. He also holds a 1.46 WHIP. None of these numbers are good, obviously. Guthrie will try to repeat his results from Friday when he faces the Rays in a home start next Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Twins option Alex Meyer back to Triple-A
    Twins optioned RHP Alex Meyer to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The 25-year-old struggled in his two appearances with the big league club, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings (16.88 ERA). He will continue to work out of the bullpen at Triple-A and should make his way back to the Twins at some point this summer.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
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  • Masterson rocked for five runs in fourth
    Justin Masterson unraveled in the fourth inning of Friday's loss to the Astros, allowing all five runs on his line before exiting with two outs in the frame.

    Advice: Masterson was cruising through the first three innings, but the cruise hit a whirlpool in the fourth when Masterson allowed seven hits and five runs in the frame. There was no huge hit, just a parade of singles and doubles. With the debacle, Masterson saw his ERA jump from an already poor 5.58 to an even more questionable 6.14. He's also pitching to a 1.68 WHIP. Given that he just reentered the rotation on June 28, it's likely he'll get at least one more start, but the numbers are discouraging. Said start would come in a high-profile environment, as the Red Sox will be facing the Yankees at Fenway when Masterson's next slated to take the ball.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Scott Baker leaves Triple-A start with injury
    Scott Baker was forced to leave Friday's start at Triple-A Oklahoma City with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Baker lasted just 2 2/3 innings before departing. It's unclear at the moment exactly what the injury that he sustained is, but the Dodgers should have an update on the veteran right-hander's status soon.
    Yesterday, 5:07 pm
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    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Derek Holland (shoulder) throws off mound
    Derek Holland (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since he went down with a subscapular strain in his left shoulder in early April. There's currently no timetable for Holland's return, but he should be able to begin a rehab assignment before long.
    Yesterday, 2:47 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:05 pm vs LAA
  • Jameson Taillon to have hernia surgery
    Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon will undergo surgery next week to repair an inguinal hernia.

    Advice: The procedure will sideline him for two months. It's some more rotten luck for Taillon, who now is facing a second straight lost season after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Taillon will turn just 24 over the winter but will need to make up for the time he's lost.
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
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    1:05 pm vs Cle
  • Cubs acquire Clayton Richard from Pirates
    Cubs acquired LHP Clayton Richard from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations; purchased his contract from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Richard could have opted out of his deal, but instead the Pirates will get a little money to move him elsewhere. The veteran left-hander will start on Saturday versus the Marlins, as the Cubs have sent down Donn Roach. Richard hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013 but has had a nice year at Triple-A Indianapolis, posting a 2.09 ERA over nine starts. He struck out just 25 over 56 innings.
    Yesterday, 2:37 pm
    4:15 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Alvarez (shoulder) to return just after break
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Marlins' rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Plagued all season by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, Alvarez will need a rehab assignment but it's unclear when he'll begin one. The right-hander has been limited to just four starts this season due to injury.
    Yesterday, 8:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm @ChC
  • Brandon Morrow (shoulder) throws off mound
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's slated to throw off the bump again on Saturday. Morrow has hit some bumps in the road in his recovery from inflammation in his right shoulder, but at least for the moment he's starting to get back on track. There remains no timetable for his return.
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
    15-Day DL
  • Doc 'a little more concerned' about Nolasco
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Dr. Robert Anderson "was a little more concerned" about Ricky Nolasco (ankle) after a visit Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco is dealing with a bone fragment in his right ankle and has been unable to throw off a mound without pain. There's been no decision made yet as far as surgery goes, but it may be a foregone conclusion. It's unclear how long Nolasco would be sidelined if he does go under the knife.
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
    15-Day DL
  • Harrison (back) to join Rangers next week
    Matt Harrison (back) is expected to be activated to start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's been a long road back for Harrison, who had spinal fusion surgery last June. The 29-year-old posted a 6.23 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings over six minor league rehab starts between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He's a wait-and-see option in fantasy leagues right now.
    Thursday, 2:01 pm
  • Matt Harrison (back) ready to join Rangers
    Matt Harrison (back) said he's ready to return to the Rangers' starting rotation.

    Advice: He scattered three runs over six innings Wednesday in his sixth rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock. Harrison's 30-day rehab window expires on Thursday so the Rangers have to make a decision on where he'll make his next start. They could go with a six-man rotation and address the situation after the All-Star break. Rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez has lost three of his last four starts and could be the odd man out when Harrison returns.
    Thursday, 9:52 am
  • Norris hammered again in loss to the Rangers
    Bud Norris served up four home runs, leading to five runs in six innings, taking the loss on Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Norris hasn't pitched well all year, but home runs were never the problem. They were on Monday, allowing the Rangers to go yard once in four consecutive innings between the second and fifth innings, leading to all five runs. Norris allowed nine hits and a walk overall while striking out four. Norris owns a 6.79 ERA with a 1.62 WHIP and a 39/19 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings. One has to wonder how much longer the first-place Orioles will tolerate him in the rotation. He's on track to face the White Sox in Chicago next.
    Monday, 7:35 pm
  • Nolasco (ankle) to see another specialist
    Ricky Nolasco (ankle) will visit foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco had yet another setback with his right ankle last Friday when he had to cut a bullpen session short. The Twins had been optimistic that he could avoid surgery, but that might not be the case anymore. More should be known about his status later this week.
    Monday, 1:36 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Roark hit around by the Phillies in a loss
    Tanner Roark took a beating, yielding eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Death by singles. 11 of the 12 hits Roark allowed were of the one-base variety, but the Phillies did a good job of bunching them up, plating four runs in each of the second and fourth innings. Roark also walked one without recording a strikeout. He should return to the Nationals' bullpen after this effort. He has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 26/11 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
    Sunday, 6:42 pm
  • Jeremy Guthrie allows two runs in victory
    Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs over six innings in a victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

    Advice: Guthrie picked up his 1,000th career strikeout along the way. His seven strikeouts were a season high.
    Sunday, 5:16 pm
  • Tanner Roark to start second game Sunday
    Tanner Roark will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.25 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 26/10 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings on the season. He should make for a nice streaming option against the struggling Phillies offense.
    Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Masterson sharp in 5 frames in return for BOS
    Justin Masterson, making his first start since May 12, held the Rays to one unearned run in five innings en route to a win on Sunday.

    Advice: Masterson is taking the rotation spot of Joe Kelly and pitched well enough to warrant that decision, scattering five hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The lone run came across in the fifth, helped in part by a passed ball from catcher Blake Swihart. In eight starts overall this season, Masterson has a 5.58 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 30/19 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. He'll start against the Astros at home next weekend.
    Sunday, 1:35 pm
  • Nolasco suffers setback in bullpen session
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Ricky Nolasco's (ankle) bullpen session "did not go well".

    Advice: By all accounts, Nolasco's recovery from his ankle injury has hit a wall. The Twins were optimistic he would be able to avoid surgery and make a relatively quick return to the rotation, but this doesn't sound encouraging.
    Friday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Alex Meyer recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled RHP Alex Meyer from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Meyer put up a 0.53 ERA and 20/6 K/BB in 17 innings since being moved to the bullpen at Rochester. His future might still be in the rotation, but he'll be used in relief for now and could earn a high-profile role in the Twins' bullpen in short order.
    Friday, 5:39 am
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  • Twins calling up Alex Meyer for bullpen
    According to Brandon Warne of 105 The Ticket, the Twins will call up Alex Meyer on Friday.

    Advice: Meyer has registered a 0.53 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio in 17 innings since being converted into a reliever at Triple-A Rochester. The 25-year-old right-hander could quickly slide into a setup role with the Twins if he's able to keep his control in check.
    Thursday, 11:33 am
    Not Active
  • Masterson to start for Red Sox on Sunday
    Justin Masterson will start for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon against the Rays.

    Advice: He is taking over for Joe Kelly, who was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday morning. Masterson has an ugly 6.37 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 35 1/3 innings this season for the Red Sox. He is a bad fantasy option.
    Thursday, 8:29 am
  • Harrison (back) struggles at Double-A Frisco
    Matt Harrison (back) allowed five earned runs over six innings Wednesday at Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: Harrison finished the outing strong, but he again experienced early-inning woes due to a lack of velocity and lifeless breaking stuff. "I didn’t feel as loose in the beginning. I wasn’t getting extension on the ball and was leaving some balls flat and up," Harrison said. "After that third inning, I felt great. There was more life on the ball. The off-speed stuff was better. Hopefully, we can do that all at the beginning of a game." It's not clear when he might be ready for another shot with the Rangers.
    Thursday, 7:25 am
  • Bud Norris allows five unearned runs in loss
    Bud Norris allowed five runs, all of them unearned, over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to Boston.

    Advice: Two errors, one of them committed by Norris, fueled Boston's five-run rally in the sixth inning. It was shaping up as Norris' best outing of the year until then. Even afterwards, it still did wonders for his ERA, which dropped from 7.57 to 6.70.
    Wednesday, 7:11 pm
  • Padres transfer Brandon Morrow to 60-day DL
    Padres transferred RHP Brandon Morrow to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move is procedural to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Marcos Mateo. Morrow remains on the comeback trail from shoulder inflammation.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Derek Holland (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Derek Holland (shoulder) is expected to be cleared to resuming throwing off a mound when he has a follow-up MRI on July 3.

    Advice: Holland is currently long-tossing from 120 feet and having no issues. "We’re going very slow, not by my choice," Holland said. "After the MRI we’re hitting the gas pedal." The left-hander isn't expected to rejoin the Rangers' rotation until at least late July.
    Wednesday, 7:35 am
    60-Day DL
    6:05 pm vs LAA
  • Jeremy Guthrie gives up six runs in loss
    Jeremy Guthrie was tagged for six runs and nine hits in five innings by the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is doubly ugly with the way the Mariners have been hitting. Guthrie had been pitching a little better lately, allowing eight runs over his previous four starts. Still, his season overall has been nothing less than a disaster. He's sporting a 5.90 ERA with just 36 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 9:49 pm
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