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  • Mariners option Tyler Olson back to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned LHP Tyler Olson to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 25-year-old southpaw appeared in 11 games for the Mariners, posting a 5.40 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 8/10 K/BB ratio. He'll continue to function as organizational bullpen depth.
    Today, 2:31 pm
  • Despite walk, Gregerson picks up sixth save
    Luke Gregerson earned his sixth save on Sunday, walking one and striking out one Mariner in a scoreless ninth.

    Advice: After walking Rickie Weeks, Gregerson induced a double-play grounder from Brad Miller to end the game. It's been a sketchy few days for Gregerson, who allowed two home runs on Friday. He picked up the save in that one, too. While he's now 6-for-7 in save chances, he'll have to pitch more tightly if he expects to keep up the good percentage. For the season, he holds a 2.77 and 10/2 K/BB ratio over 13 innings.
    Today, 2:30 pm
  • Joel Peralta (neck) still shut down
    Joel Peralta (neck) has yet to resume a throwing program.

    Advice: Peralta hasn't made any progress after being diagnosed late last month with a strained neck. He'll remain shut down until he starts feeling better.
    Today, 11:42 am
    15-Day DL
  • Brandon League (shoulder) throws off mound
    Brandon League (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown from the bump since being diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement back in March. While League does appear to finally be making strides, it's still going to be a while before he's activated since he's on the 60-day DL.
    Today, 11:38 am
    60-Day DL
  • Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) to undergo MRI
    Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) will undergo an MRI Sunday.

    Advice: O'Flaherty was already placed on the disabled list Saturday with what the A's called a left shoulder strain, but they're sending him for an exam in order to get a better handle on the situation. The results of the MRI are expected to be available on Monday.
    Today, 10:51 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 @Tex
  • Sam Tuivailala recalled from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Tuivailala earned the promotion after allowing just one unearned run with 12 strikeouts over nine frames at Memphis, although he also walked six. He has the upside to be a late-inning relief arm, but the Cards figure to use him in the middle of games for now.
    Today, 10:01 am
  • Wright (shoulder) ready for game action
    Wesley Wright (shoulder) will appear in an extended spring training game on May 19.

    Advice: He should be ready for a rehab assignment shortly after that. Out since mid-April with inflammation in his left shoulder, Wright could rejoin the Orioles' bullpen before the end of the month.
    Today, 9:00 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs TB
  • Chad Smith recalled from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Chad Smith from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Smith earned the promotion after posting a 2.31 ERA over eight relief appearances at Nashville. He'll be used in the middle innings.
    Today, 8:56 am
  • Samuel Deduno to get another start
    Samuel Deduno will start on Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Deduno earned another outing after tossing four innings of one-run ball on Friday versus the Mariners. "I thought he competed very well," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think he had quite a few first-pitch strikes. I think his fastball was in the zone, which helped his breaking ball." Deduno could hold down the fifth spot in the rotation until Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is ready.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Angel Nesbitt earning more prominent role
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus plans to begin using Angel Nesbitt in more high-leverage situations.

    Advice: Nesbitt has been a pleasant surprise for Detroit so far in middle relief, holding a 3.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 8/1 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. Ausmus plans to use him in more of a setup role soon. "If I were to guess, I would say that at some point, he's going to be able to pitch in those types of situations, whether it's the seventh or eighth," Ausmus said.
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Rodon could join White Sox' rotation soon
    Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that "one scenario" has Carlos Rodon joining the White Sox' rotation on May 10 versus the Reds.

    Advice: Van Schouwen says that "there’s speculation" Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale will drop the appeals of their five-game suspensions after their starts this week against the Tigers, which could open up a rotation spot next weekend for Rodon. Even if May 10 doesn't turn out to be the date of Rodon's first start, there's no doubting he's going to be entering the rotation soon. The lefty holds a 2.84 ERA over 6 1/3 relief innings, although it's come along with a 2.05 WHIP and 4/4 K/BB ratio. Still, the potential with Rodon is obviously sky-high, so feel free to stash him now if he's still on your waiver wire. Hector Noesi is expected to be booted from the rotation to make room for Rodon.
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Martinez surrenders five runs in six innings
    Nick Martinez allowed five runs (two earned) over six innings in Saturday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Martinez didn't factor into the decision here, as the Rangers pulled out the victory in the 10th inning. In his time on the mound, the 24-year-old right-hander struck out two without walking a batter. Martinez had allowed just one run heading into the seventh inning, but he unraveled after an Elvis Andrus fielding error and would, at one point, hit Josh Phegly with the bases loaded to force in a run. Martinez now holds a minuscule 0.84 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, plus a 13/8 K/BB ratio. Needless to say, we don't think this is sustainable. He will attempt to continue throwing up smoke and mirrors when he takes to the road against the Rays in his next start.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Baker surrenders four runs in loss to Arizona
    Scott Baker surrendered four earned runs in four frames Saturday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Los Angeles scored three runs between the seventh and eighth innings, saving Baker from the loss. He gave up seven hits, including a first-inning homer to Paul Goldschmidt and a fourth-inning homer to Aaron Hill. Baker has an ugly 5.73 ERA in 11 innings (two starts) this season for the Dodgers. He gets the Brewers on the road next.
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Kimbrel collects seventh save, Pads top Rox
    Craig Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday in the Padres' defeat of the Rockies.

    Advice: Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He's now 7-for-7 in save opportunities with San Diego and should remain a top tier fantasy closer all season.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Athletics place O'Flaherty on disabled list
    Athletics placed LHP Eric O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

    Advice: As talented as O'Flaherty is, he just can't seem to stay healthy. The 30-year-old posted a troublesome 11.57 ERA and 2.29 WHIP over seven innings before succumbing to the injury.
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 @Tex
  • Gregerson holds on for fifth save of season
    Luke Gregerson allowed two home runs in the ninth inning Friday against the Mariners, but managed to hold on for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: Gregerson was handed a three-run lead, but gave up a leadoff homer to Nelson Cruz and a one-out blast to Logan Morrison. However, he was able to get Brad Miller to ground out and struck out Rickie Weeks swinging for the final out of the ballgame. He's 5-for-6 in save chances and has a 3.00 ERA with a 9/1 K/BB ratio over 12 innings. The Astros have won eight straight games and are tied with the Royals for the AL's best record at 16-7.
    Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Deduno gives up one run in spot start
    Making a spot-start, Samuel Deduno held the Mariners to one run over four innings on Friday.

    Advice: Deduno threw 61 pitches and did pretty much as well as the Astros could have hoped under the circumstances. The only run scored on an RBI double by Robinson Cano in the third. Deduno struck out four and walked two and figures to move back into middle relief.
    Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Samuel Deduno to start vs. Mariners Friday
    Samuel Deduno is expected to start on Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Deduno holds a 2.89 ERA over five relief appearances this season. The 31-year-old went just 2 1/3 innings and threw 38 pitches in his last outing, so he'll obviously be on a pitch count. He could hold down the fifth spot in the rotation until Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is ready.
    Wednesday, 12:01 pm
  • Martinez pitches six innings of shutout ball
    Nick Martinez did not allow a run in Sunday's extra-innings win over the Angels.

    Advice: Over his six innings on the mound, Martinez scattered seven hits and walked two. He added a pair of strikeouts to complete the line. This was Martinez's second shutout outing of the season. He wouldn't factor into the decision, though, as the Rangers would need extras to cap off the 5-4 win. Through four starts, Martinez holds a microscopic ERA of 0.35, a slightly more visible WHIP of 1.12 and an 11/8 K/BB ratio covering 26 innings. These numbers are not sustainable, but we'll let him enjoy it while it lasts. He'll try to continue to baffle the universe when he takes on the A's at home in his next start.
    Apr 26, 6:01 pm
  • Gregerson pitches perfect ninth for save
    Luke Gregerson pitched a clean ninth inning against the A's on Sunday, notching his fourth save of the season.

    Advice: The Astros scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning on an Evan Gattis double and Gregerson made sure that his teammates' comeback efforts were not in vain, nailing down the save to secure a 7-6 win. It was a nice rebound, as it comes just two days after Gregerson blew a 10th inning opportunity. He's now 4-for-5 in save opportunities and sports an even 2.00 ERA and 8/1 K/BB ratio over nine innings.
    Apr 26, 4:55 pm
  • Kimbrel secures sixth save of the season
    Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Dodgers on Sunday, striking out two and locking down his sixth save of the year.

    Advice: Kimbrel had allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but there were no dramatics on Sunday. He entered the ninth inning with his team up 3-1 and went right at the Dodgers, fanning the first two hitters before getting Yasmani Grandal to foul out to end the game. Of Kimbrel's 13 pitches, 10 went for strikes. He's now 6-for-6 in save chances and holds a 2.16 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings. As long he's healthy, any little bumps in the road are just that.
    Apr 26, 4:02 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.
    Apr 26, 3:53 pm
  • Baker pitches competently in loss to Padres
    Scott Baker allowed three runs in seven innings in a loss to the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Considering that Baker had been toiling away for Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game, this was a pretty impressive start. He lasted seven innings and struck out six while allowing just four hits and three runs. If Baker continues throwing well, there's no reason why the Dodgers wouldn't keep him in the rotation, especially given the tenuous nature of the team's pitching staff. Brandon McCarthy (elbow) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) are both out for the foreseeable future and on top of that, the Dodgers are about to embark on a 17-game stretch without a day off. Long-time Twin Baker struggled in 2014, posting a 5.47 ERA in 80 2/3 innings for the Rangers, but the move to the NL should benefit the 33-year-old right-hander. He could be worth a look as a streaming option.
    Apr 26, 3:42 pm
  • Brandon League moved to 60-day DL
    Dodgers transferred RHP Brandon League from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears space on the 40-man roster for the addition of Scott Baker. League will miss at least the first two months of the season with a right shoulder injury.
    Apr 26, 11:27 am
    60-Day DL
  • Joel Peralta (shoulder) lands on DL
    Dodgers placed RHP Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, with right shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Peralta first started dealing with a shoulder issues in spring training and it's dragged into the season. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined.
    Apr 26, 11:19 am
    15-Day DL
  • Scott Baker called up from Triple-A
    Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Scott Baker from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He'll get the ball on Sunday against the Padres. With Brandon McCarthy (elbow) presumably out for a while and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) still on the shelf, Baker could stick around for a bit if he pitches well. He came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out.
    Apr 26, 10:07 am
  • 'Dead arm' could send Joel Peralta to the DL
    Joel Peralta is dealing with "dead arm" and may require a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: Peralta doesn't have any pain but his shoulder feels weak. Dead arm happens to pitchers often in spring training but isn't as common during the regular season. Peralta has done well as the Dodgers' fill-in closer, converting all three of his save opportunities without allowing a run. If Peralta lands on the DL, Los Angeles would likely turn to Chris Hatcher in the ninth inning. Kenley Jansen (foot) is nearing a rehab assignment but might not be back with the team until mid-May.
    Apr 25, 3:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Scott Baker to start for Dodgers on Sunday
    Scott Baker will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make a spot start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: With a tough schedule coming up where the team plays on 17 consecutive days, the Dodgers want to give their regular starters an extra day of rest while they have the chance. It had been reported that the club would give Joe Wieland a start, but they've decided to go with Baker instead. The 33-year-old came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out. He could be worth a look as a streaming option.
    Apr 25, 5:59 am
  • Luke Gregerson blows first save
    Luke Gregerson blew his first save Friday after giving up two runs in the 10th against the A's.

    Advice: Gregerson came in after the Astros scored twice in the top of the inning, but he faltered for the first time this year. Part of the blame goes to Jose Altuve, who should have had Stephen Vogt at first for the final out of the game, except he made a high underhand toss of the wet ball, giving Vogt time to race down the line and beat it out. The two runs Gregerson allowed were the first he's given up this season.
    Apr 24, 11:02 pm
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