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  • Luke Hochevar (elbow) to return this weekend
    Luke Hochevar (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: Hochevar's 30-day rehab window is nearly up. He's posted a 7.84 ERA during his rehab assignment, although that's mostly the result of one poor outing when he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings. The Royals are expected to bring Hochevar along slowly with some low-leverage innings initially. Rotoworld.com
    24 minutes ago
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Bruce Rondon (biceps) felt sore last week
    The Tigers had Bruce Rondon (biceps) examined after the reliever felt soreness during a live batting practice session last week.

    Advice: The good news is that the exam didn't show anything new with Rondon's ailing biceps. Rondon has returned to Detroit to continue his rehab and will resume throwing on Friday. "We sent out his diagnostics to be reviewed, which came back with exactly the same diagnosis we've had," athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "We're bringing him back to Detroit to kind of get him underneath our group." Rondon should begin a rehab assignment before long if he can avoid any more setbacks. Rotoworld.com
    39 minutes ago
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Bobby Parnell (elbow) to throw off mound
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) will throw a bullpen session this week in New York in front of Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen.

    Advice: Parnell has been limited to flat-ground work for a few weeks while battling forearm soreness. Assuming the side session goes well, he'll be cleared to resume his rehab assignment. There's no timetable for Parnell's return to the Mets' bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:14 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Royals activate Holland from disabled list
    Royals activated RHP Greg Holland from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Holland has been on the shelf since April 18 with a pectoral strain but threw a simulated game over the weekend and is ready to go. He'll slide back into his closer's role, pushing Wade Davis to the eighth inning. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:30 am
  • Rosenthal earns ninth save in win over Cubs
    Trevor Rosenthal earned his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Rosenthal got a couple quick ground ball outs before Starlin Castro singled to add some intrigue. Rosenthal got Junior Lake swinging, though, to end any potential threat. It was a nice rebound for Rosenthal after he sustained his first blown save of the season his last time out. The right-hander owns a strong 1.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 17/6 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Tyler Lyons has mixed results in spot start
    Tyler Lyons was a mixed bag in a spot start Tuesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- while striking out seven over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lyons was mostly good until the fifth inning, when the Cubs got to him for three of the four runs against. In all he gave up six hits and walked two, throwing 96 pitches. The Cardinals still have a need for a fifth starter in Adam Wainwright's absence and Lyons showed well enough that he could get another start in five days. That spot, regardless of who makes the start, will come up Sunday at the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
     
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Chavez stifles Twins over 7 1/3 to earn win
    Jesse Chavez kept the Twins largely under wraps Tuesday, allowing only an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the Athletics' 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Chavez gave the Twins nothing all night, surrendering only four singles and one walk in the outing. He struck out seven on the evening. Things got a little dicey -- an error led to a run and Tyler Clippard had to work out of a jam in the eighth inning to retain the lead -- but the A's held on to give Chavez his first win. He'll try to keep his strong start to the season going Sunday at the Mariners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Clippard gets five outs to earn third save
    Tyler Clippard was asked to get five outs Tuesday, working 1 2/3 innings to earn the save against the Twins.

    Advice: The Twins pushed across a run in the eighth inning and were threatening to tie the game with runners on first and third with one out, but Clippard struck out Torii Hunter and got Joe Mauer to fly out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. Clippard has been shaky at points but owns a nice 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Robertson works perfect ninth for fourth save
    David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Tigers to earn his fourth save of the season Tuesday.

    Advice: Robertson threw 10 strikes among his 13 pitches in the efficient outing. The right-hander still hasn't allowed a run and has given up just four hits and a walk through 10 appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Cishek escapes hot water for his third save
    Steve Cishek got into and then out of ninth-inning trouble to close out Tuesday's 2-1 win against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cishek allowed a leadoff single to Wilson Ramos, then saw Ian Desmond reach base thanks to a fielding error from shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Cishek got out of the jam, though, as he got Dan Uggla hit into a fielder's choice to erase the lead runner, then struck out Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore to end the game. Cishek, now 3-for-5 in save chances, has been anything but automatic. He has a 7.71 ERA with a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Miller stifles Jays' rally for his 11th save
    Andrew Miller stifled the Blue Jays' attempt at a comeback, recording the final out of Tuesday's 6-3 win to earn his 11th save.

    Advice: David Carpenter took the mound at the start of the ninth with a 6-0 lead, but the Jays were all over him, scoring three times on a home run, a walk, a ground-rule double, and a single. Miller came in with a runner on first base and two outs to put out the fire. He walked pinch-hitter Jose Bautista to bring the winning run to the plate, but got Devon Travis to fly out to end the game at long last. Miller is 11-for-11 in save chances with a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Davis closes out Indians to earn sixth save
    Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Indians to earn his sixth save of the season Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis gave up a hit while striking out one. The save was likely Davis' last for a while, as Royals closer Greg Holland is scheduled to be activated Wednesday. With Holland's return, Davis will go back to being the most dominant setup man in baseball. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Estrada, back to starting, struggles vs. NYY
    Marco Estrada, making his first start of the season, was hit around by the Yankees in a loss on Tuesday as he allowed five runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Estrada had been used out of the bullpen but moved into the starting rotation when Daniel Norris went down with an injury. The right-hander allowed eight hits -- including a two-run home run to Mark Teixeira -- while striking out three and allowing no walks. Estrada isn't a bad streaming option. He doesn't carry a platoon split but he does have a propensity to allow home runs, so choose your match-ups wisely. He'll face the Orioles in Baltimore next. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Familia gives up a homer, but still gets save
    Jeurys Familia earned his 11th save of the season despite allowing a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 win against the Orioles.

    Advice: Familia gave up a leadoff solo home run to Chris Davis to cut the Mets' lead to 3-2, but he got a strikeout from Delmon Young, a fly out from Caleb Joseph, and a ground out from Travis Snider to end the contest. Familia is now 11-for-11 in save opportunities with a 1.88 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, and a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. The Mets couldn't have asked for much more in a pinch after losing Jenrry Mejia. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Wilhelmson to throw simulated game
    Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) is most likely going to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bob Dutton, of the Tacoma News Tribune, wrote that a Wilhelmsen simulated game for Wednesday was the "tentative plan." The right-hander has been on the shelf since April 10 with a hyperextended right elbow, but he threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and reported that it went well. He appears on track for a return in the middle of May. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:26 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Padres place Brandon Morrow (shoulder) on DL
    Padres placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 3, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Big blow for Morrow and the Padres. The right-hander had been superb through the first month of the 2015 campaign, posting a 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings. Injuries have limited Morrow to fewer than 20 starts in each of the last two seasons, but none of them have been shoulder-related. There's no current timetable for his return, though Morrow himself indicated that he believes that the disabled list stint is a precautionary measure and that he should be able to get back on the field when he's eligible to return in late May. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Cubs determining if Grimm needs more rehab
    The Chicago Cubs are still determining whether Justin Grimm (forearm) needs another rehab outing.

    Advice: Grimm has been sidelined with right forearm inflammation since the beginning of the season. He's currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and appears to be close to a return, though the Cubs are still deciding whether he'll need another rehab appearance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:31 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Jordan Walden (arm) seeking second opinion
    Jordan Walden is seeking a second opinion for his right biceps inflammation.

    Advice: Walden had MRIs recently on his shoulder and bicep, and they'll now be looked at by a different set of eyes. He was complaining about shoulder stiffness on Saturday. While the hope is that there's no structural damage to the arm and that this is merely inflammation, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has indicated that there's at least some concern this could be more serious. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:12 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Matt Albers undergoes surgery for finger
    Matt Albers underwent surgery for his finger injury and will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: Albers was placed on the disabled list April 25 and his finger hadn't improved much over the last 10 days. The right-handed reliever can now be ruled out until at least mid-June. He injured his finger in Chicago's brawl with the Royals on April 23. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Holland (pectoral) to be activated Wednesday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will be activated Wednesday.

    Advice: The initial plan called for Holland to be activated Tuesday, but the Royals will give their closer one extra day of rest before throwing him back into the fire. Holland has been on the shelf since April 18 with a pectoral strain. He'll push Wade Davis back into a setup role. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Cubs recall Anthony Varvaro from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled RHP Anthony Varvaro from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Varvaro was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox over the weekend and could be an asset for the Cubs in middle relief. The 30-year-old righty had a career ERA below 3.00 before his rough first month with Boston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Cubs outright Joseph Ortiz to AAA Iowa
    Cubs sent LHP Joseph Ortiz outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Ortiz was designated for assignment by the Cubs on May 3 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 24-year-old lefty hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
     
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Rangers claim Mike Kickham off waivers
    Rangers claimed LHP Mike Kickham off waivers from the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners cut bait with Kickham to clear a spot on the roster for Joe Biemel. Kickham had struggled in Triple-A this season, with a 7.29 ERA and 28 walks in just 21 innings. Unless he's able to show significant improvement in his control, he's not touching the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
     
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Cards recall LHP Lyons from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Tim Cooney got the first opportunity as a fill-in option for Adam Wainwright (Achilles) last week, but now it's Lyons' turn, as he'll start Tuesday night against the Cubs. The 27-year-old had a 2.91 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over his first 21 2/3 innings with Memphis this season and should be relevant in NL-only leagues for now. Marco Gonzales figures to be a candidate to join the rotation later this month. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:45 am
     
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Casilla preserves Bumgarner gem for 8th save
    Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save as the Giants enjoyed a 2-0 win over the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Casilla worked around a one-out Brandon Belt fielding error, which allowed Justin Upton to reach safely and bring the tying run to the plate. He struck out Yangervis Solarte, then got Jedd Gyorko to fly out to right field to end the game. Casilla is 8-for-10 in save situations thus far with a 2.13 ERA and a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Martinez whipped for seven runs in 3 2/3 IP
    Carlos Martinez lucked into a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Cardinals held off the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Martinez walked three of the first four batters he faced to open the game, then watched as the Cubs plated five runs in four consecutive singles. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the second and Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' seventh run with a double in the fourth, chasing Martinez from the game. Overall, he gave up nine hits, walked four, and struck out four. Martinez had been brilliant in his first four starts, so treat Monday's outing as an outlier. He still has a 3.64 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 28/14 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Martinez will look for redemption over the weekend when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Maness records second save in win over Cubs
    Seth Maness allowed a run but still managed to grab his second save of the season in Monday's victory versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Maness allowed a two-out solo home run to Addison Russell to cut the Cardinals' lead in half, but he got Dexter Fowler to line out to end the game. As regular closer Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in three consecutive games to open up the month of May, and blew a save on the 3rd, Maness got a rare save chance. The right-hander, with a 3.27 ERA and a 6/0 K/BB ratio in 11 innings, shouldn't see many more save situations the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Mike Kickham designated for assignment
    Mariners designated LHP Mike Kickham for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Joe Beimel. Kickham has a 7.29 ERA and has walked a whopping 28 batters over 21 innings at Triple-A Tacoma this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:37 pm
     
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Wilhelmsen (elbow) throws 35-pitch bullpen
    Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: "I threw everything," he said after the workout. "It went well." Wilhelmsen will make a simulated relief appearance on Wednesday and then likely head out on a minor league rehab assignment. The right-hander has been sidelined since April 10 with a hyperextended right elbow but should only wind up missing around a month. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:31 am
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Andrew Miller slams door on Red Sox Sunday
    Andrew Miller worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Red Sox on Sunday, protecting a three-run advantage and picking up his 10th save of the season.

    Advice: It wasn't as easy as most of the hard-throwing southpaw's save chances have been this year, as a pair of walks put the tying run at the plate in the form of David Ortiz, but Miller was able to escape unscathed. He still has yet to allow a run in 13 1/3 innings on the season and sports a dazzling 23/6 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:03 pm
  • Rosenthal blows first save but Cardinals win
    Trevor Rosenthal blew his first save of the season Sunday in the Cardinals' 14-inning win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rosenthal entered in the top of the ninth inning with the Cardinals leading 1-0 and promptly gave up a game-tying solo blast to Jung Ho Kang. It was the Korean shortstop's first major league homer. Rosenthal kept the damage at one run and the Cardinals won it in the bottom of the 14th. He still owns an impressive 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season and should remain a top-tier fantasy closer all summer on another good St. Louis team. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • Joseph Ortiz designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Joseph Ortiz for assignment.

    Advice: The move cleared space on the 40-man roster for Anthony Varvaro. Ortiz, 24, has a 1/5 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 relief innings at Triple-A Iowa this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:19 am
     
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Anthony Varvaro claimed off waivers by Cubs
    Cubs claimed RHP Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Red Sox.

    Advice: Varvaro had a rough month for the Red Sox, but his sub-3.00 ERA for his career entering the season pretty much assured him of not passing through waivers unclaimed. He'll report to Triple-A Iowa for now but should get a shot with the big club before long. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:17 am
  • Tyler Lyons to start for Cards on Tuesday
    Tyler Lyons will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Tim Cooney flopped in his chance at the No. 5 starter spot last week, so now Lyons will get a chance. The southpaw was off to a great start at Memphis, posting a 2.91 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. He could receive 2-3 starts while Marco Gonzales (pectoral) works his way back. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:03 am
     
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Jordan Walden (biceps) placed on DL
    Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, with right biceps inflammation.

    Advice: Walden had complained of stiffness in his shoulder, but it's apparently his biceps that's the concern. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but that it's being diagnosed as merely inflammation suggests that he's not dealing with any structural damage. Sam Tuivailala has taken Walden's spot in the bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:59 am
     
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Grimm (forearm) beginning rehab assignment
    Justin Grimm (forearm) is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: It's not clear how many rehab appearances he'll require before being activated. Grimm has been on the shelf all season with right forearm inflammation. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:58 am
     
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Holland (pectoral) expected to return Tuesday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holland got through a simulated game on Saturday with no issues. As long as he bounces back OK, he'll resume his closing duties on Tuesday, pushing Wade Davis back to a setup role. "I felt really good," Holland said. "It was exciting. I was able to execute most of my pitches. With that layoff, without really getting off the mound and facing hitters, it was very encouraging." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:59 am
  • Morrow moves to 2-0 as Padres beat Rockies
    Brandon Morrow held the Rockies to two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a Padres victory.

    Advice: Morrow gave up seven hits, but he only issued a single walk and fanned four. The right-hander is now 2-0 with an excellent 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings this season for the Padres. He's been a great offseason pickup for San Diego and will try to keep it all rolling next week at Arizona's Chase Field. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:57 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Walden dealing with right shoulder stiffness
    Jordan Walden acknowledged Saturday that he's dealing with some "stiffness" in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Walden said he's not concerned about the discomfort, but more should be known Sunday. The 27-year-old setup man has registered a stellar 0.87 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings this season for the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:17 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Wade Davis secures fifth save on Friday
    Wade Davis worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Tigers on Friday, protecting a three-run lead to secure his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: He did allow a pair of hits that brought the tying run to the dish, but was able to avert any damage. The dominating right-hander hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings on the season and boasts an 11/1 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Familia notches five-out save vs. Nationals
    Jeurys Familia notched a five-out save in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins really wanted this one, so he called on Familia with one on and one out in the top of the eighth. He ended up retiring all five batters he faced and struck out two of them. The 25-year-old is now a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities while posting a 1.46 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings. He has done a wonderful job stepping after Jenrry Mejia's elbow injury and suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:54 pm
  • Holland (pectoral) to throw sim game Saturday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not clear whether he'll require a rehab assignment before returning, but either way Holland appears to be nearing activation. The closer is eligible to return on Sunday after missing the last couple weeks with a Grade 1 pectoral strain. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:43 pm
  • Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) 3-4 weeks away
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday that Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) is 3-4 weeks away from a return.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen resumed throwing from a mound on Friday, but obviously the M's plan to bring him along slowly. The reliever is coming back from a hyperextended right elbow. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:47 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Marco Estrada moves into Blue Jays' rotation
    Marco Estrada will take Daniel Norris' spot in the Blue Jays' rotation.

    Advice: Norris was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. Estrada has been great out of the bullpen with the Jays with a 0.84 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 10 2/3 innings. He's not a bad option as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but his proclivity to the home run ball isn't an ideal fit at Rogers Centre. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Jesse Chavez hit hard in loss to Angels
    Jesse Chavez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Angels on Thursday afternoon, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Chavez punched out five on the day while walking three. He seemed to tire a bit as the game wore on, with most of the damage against him coming in a three-run uprising in the fifth inning. Even with the rough outing, Chavez sports a 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to get in the win column for the first time when he does battle against the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Rondon (biceps) to throw to hitters Thursday
    Bruce Rondon (biceps) is scheduled to throw to hitters Thursday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland, Florida.

    Advice: Rondon began the season on the disabled list due to right biceps tendinitis, but he's beginning to make some progress. However, it's unclear when he'll be ready for a rehab assignment. The hard-throwing 24-year-old missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:31 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Parnell (elbow) throws from 60 feet
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) threw from a distance of 60 feet on Thursday.

    Advice: Parnell was recently shut down for a week due to forearm soreness, but he's slowly picking things back up. He's still a ways out from rejoining the Mets' bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:58 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Rosenthal escapes trouble for his 8th save
    Trevor Rosenthal got out of a ninth-inning jam for his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's victory versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Rosenthal was tasked with protecting a three-run lead against the light-hitting Phillies. After getting two quick outs, he allowed a single to pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore and a walk to Ben Revere to bring up the tying run in the form of Odubel Herrera. Rosenthal powered a fastball by Herrera to close out the contest. The right-hander moves to 8-for-8 in save chances with a 0.93 ERA and a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Martinez moves to 3-0 with a win vs. Phillies
    Carlos Martinez limited the Phillies to two runs over six innings to improve to 3-0 with Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Phillies had a few opportunities to tack on more runs, but their poor fundamentals bailed Martinez out. Ben Revere failed to execute a bunt in the third inning and was caught in a rundown between third base and home in the fifth. Martinez allowed six hits and walked three batters while striking out only three. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Grimm (forearm) threw bullpen session Tuesday
    Justin Grimm (forearm) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Grimm is tentatively scheduled to throw this weekend in Arizona, either in an extended spring game or a simulated game. Grimm has been out since April 2 with forearm inflammation. It's still unclear when he'll return to the Cubs' bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:13 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • Anthony Varvaro designated for assignment
    Red Sox designated RHP Anthony Varvaro for assignment.

    Advice: Varvaro lost his roster spot after allowing four runs over his last three relief appearances. He had a sub-3.00 ERA for his career entering the season and could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Casilla uses 10 pitches to pick up 6th save
    Santiago Casilla needed only 10 pitches to mow down the Dodgers for his sixth save of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Casilla got Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke to ground out before striking out pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez to end the contest, preserving a one-run lead. Casilla is 6-for-7 in save opportunities with a 2.79 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Wilhelmsen (elbow) to throw off mound Friday
    Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen has been playing catch since last Friday and will soon take the next step. He'll then either throw another bullpen session or possibly a simulated game early next week. Wilhelmsen could begin a rehab assignment by the middle of next week and is on track for a mid-May return. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:16 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Back in the saddle, Cishek earns second save
    One night after suffering a blown save, Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Mets Tuesday.

    Advice: Cishek couldn't do much right on Monday, allowing three runs on a Daniel Murphy homer in taking the blown save, but he bounced back with a strong showing Tuesday. The right-hander walked Curtis Granderson to start the inning but worked through the heart of the order to secure the save. He's had some meltdowns, but the 28-year-old is plenty good enough to close and should hold onto the job for the foreseeable future, barring more meltdowns. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Holland (pectoral) may return early next week
    Greg Holland threw a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list on April 18 with a Grade 1 pectoral strain.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said after the workout that he thinks Holland could be ready by early next week. Wade Davis has been filling in at closer for Kansas City and has been fantastic, but the job is Holland's. He had converted four saves in four opportunities without allowing a run before suffering the pectoral injury. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
  • Miller picks up his eighth save vs. the Rays
    Andrew Miller picked up his eighth save of the season with a clean ninth inning as the Yankees topped the Rays 4-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Miller allowed a leadoff single to Evan Longoria, but was able to see his way out of the inning without any further damage, culminating with a strikeout of Jake Elmore. Miller continues to excel in the ninth inning for the Yankees, going 8-for-8 in save chances with a spotless ERA and a 17/4 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:23 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:21 pm
  • Cishek blows second save as Marlins lose
    Steve Cishek blew the save on Monday against the Mets, allowing three runs in the ninth inning, resulting in a Marlins loss.

    Advice: Cishek allowed a leadoff double to Juan Lagares, walked Lucas Duda, then served up a one-out, three-run home run to Daniel Murphy to turn a 1-0 lead into a 3-1 deficit. Cishek has only faced three save situations so far this season, but he has converted only one of them and now owns an unsightly 11.37 ERA with a 6/3 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings. The rough start is concerning, but it's worth waiting a little while longer before pressing the panic button. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:17 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:59 pm
     
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  • Andrew Miller slams door on Mets to earn save
    Andrew Miller slammed the door on the Mets on Sunday night, preserving a two-run advantage to earn his seventh save of the season.

    Advice: At this point, Miller is the Yankees closer and Dellin Betances has been relegated to eighth inning duty. Miller has been simply outstanding in pinstripes, he hasn't allowed a run in 8 1/3 innings while posting an absurd 16/4 K/BB ratio and converting all seven of his save chances. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:55 pm
  • Morrow superb over seven innings vs. LAD
    Brandon Morrow pitched a gem against the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing just one run over seven innings.

    Advice: This is the third time in four starts that Morrow has pitched seven innings (he went six innings in his other start). Pretty impressive for a guy who had to win the No. 5 spot in the rotation out of spring training. Against the Dodgers on Sunday, he struck out four, scattered five hits, and walked just one. Morrow's only mistake came on a solo home run by Alex Guerrero in the fifth inning. Otherwise, everything came up aces. Through 27 innings, he holds a 2.67 ERA and a 19/6 K/BB ratio. And he has the talent to keep it rolling as long as he stays healthy. Morrow will look to continue his sparkling run next Saturday at home against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:53 pm
     
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  • Robetson pitches shaky ninth to pick up save
    David Robertson allowed two hits to the Royals on Sunday, but still managed to secure his third save of the season.

    Advice: Robertson has yet to allow a run this season, though he played with fire in his latest save attempt. With the White Sox holding a 5-3 lead, Alex Gordon hit a one-out single. Robertson then fanned Salvador Perez before allowing a Paulo Orlando base-knock to put runners on first and second. The former Yankee survived, though, inducing an Omar Infante grounder to walk away with his third save of the season. Through seven innings, he's compiled a 14/1 K/BB to go with that sweet 0.00 ERA. He could contend for the league lead in saves when all is said and done. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:22 pm
  • Jesse Chavez moving into A's rotation
    Jesse Chavez will take Kendall Graveman's spot in the Athletics' rotation.

    Advice: It was the presumed move after Graveman was sent down Sunday. Chavez was mostly very good as a starter for the A's last season (3.44 ERA) and allowed just one run and one hit over six frames in a spot start last week. He should be owned in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 10:20 am
  • Holland (pectoral) cleared to resume throwing
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown since being diagnosed with a Grade 1 right pectoral strain. Holland is eligible to be activated from the disabled list in a week, though it's possible he'll need a little more time than that. Wade Davis will continue to serve as the Royals' closer in the meantime. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:53 am
  • Casilla blows save in win over Rockies
    Santiago Casilla blew the save on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

    Advice: Casilla entered the game with one out and the Giants clinging to a one-run lead. After allowing singles to Nick Hundley and D.J. LaMahieu, Casilla induced a grounder from Drew Stubbs to score a run. The Giants would ultimately win the game on a Joe Panik bunt. Casilla had been a perfect 5-for-5 on saves coming into the game. The rough outing bumped his ERA up to 3.12, but he remains a serviceable, if unspectacular, ninth-inning option. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 9:15 pm
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