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  • Ryan Cook recalled from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Ryan Cook from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Cook failed to crack the Opening Day roster following a poor Cactus League showing, but he bounced back with five scoreless appearances at Nashville. The A's will use him in middle relief.
    Today, 9:04 am
  • Kendall Graveman optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: There was some buzz surrounding Graveman following a great spring training, but he then went out and posted an 8.27 ERA and 2.02 WHIP over his first four starts. Jesse Chavez was terrific in a spot start last week and will presumably slide into Graveman's spot in the rotation, at least until Jarrod Parker (elbow) is ready.
    Today, 9:02 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • 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.
    Today, 8:53 am
    15-Day DL
  • Pedro Strop (foot) available to pitch
    Pedro Strop (foot) is available out of the Cubs' bullpen Sunday.

    Advice: He had been nursing a minor foot ailment but is fine now. Strop has been excellent so far this month, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 0.55 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio.
    Today, 8:44 am
  • Ross Ohlendorf (groin) returns to action
    Ross Ohlendorf (groin) pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday in his season debut with Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Ohlendorf has battled a right groin injury since mid-March. He'll be stretched out to where he can comfortably handle two innings before the Rangers consider adding him to their bullpen.
    Today, 8:05 am
    Not Active
  • Eric Surkamp designated for assignment
    White Sox designated LHP Eric Surkamp for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Scott Carroll. Surkamp posted a 4.81 ERA over 35 relief appearances for the White Sox last season.
    Today, 7:55 am
    Not Active
    12:10 pm vs KC
  • Scott Carroll called up from Triple-A
    White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's taking Matt Albers' (finger) spot in the bullpen. Carroll held a 2.45 ERA in his first three starts with Charlotte.
    Today, 7:44 am
  • Heath Hembree recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Hembree was off to a nice start with Pawtucket, tossing eight scoreless relief innings with 10 strikeouts. He'll work as a middle reliever with the Red Sox.
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Matt Barnes optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Matt Barnes to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He was only up for a day, throwing two scoreless relief innings. Barnes will return to a starting role at Pawtucket.
    Today, 7:37 am
    Not Active
  • Matt Stites (elbow) to throw off mound Tues.
    Matt Stites (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's his first since being shut down late in spring training with an elbow issue. There remains no timetable for Stites' return, but it appears he's finally making some progress.
    Today, 5:46 am
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Pit
  • Lucas Luetge optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: He tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames in his lone appearance on Saturday. Luetge is being sent out to clear room for Roenis Elias, who will start Sunday.
    Today, 5:29 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Min
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Graveman hammered for six runs by 'Stros
    Kendall Graveman was hammered for six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Graveman gave up nine hits and struck out only one in another ugly start. He tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings against this same Astros team on April 14, but the 24-year-old right-hander even had some issues in that outing. Graveman now has an 8.27 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in 16 1/3 frames this season. It may be time for the A's to install Jesse Chavez as their fifth starter.
    Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • '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.
    Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Rain postpones Cubs vs. Reds on Saturday
    Saturday's game between the Cubs and the Reds has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: The teams sat through a four-hour rain delay before the game was called. No makeup date has been announced. Anthony DeSclafani and Jake Arrieta will have their starts pushed back to Sunday. The Cubs won 7-3 Friday in the series opener.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Sox DL Shane Victorino, call up Matt Barnes
    Red Sox recalled RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The Red Sox placed Shane Victorino (hamstring) on the 15-day DL, opening up a roster spot for Barnes. The 24-year-old was starting for Pawtucket, but he'll be used out of the bullpen in Boston. This will be Barnes' second stint in the majors after appearing in five games for the Red Sox last September.
    Yesterday, 2:13 pm
    Not Active
  • Padres send Frank Garces down to Triple-A
    Padres optioned LHP Frank Garces to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: He was sent down to make room for Ian Kennedy. Garces pitched well during his six-game stint with the Padres, allowing just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old lefty will probably spend most of 2015 bouncing between El Paso and San Diego.
    Yesterday, 1:46 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs LAD
  • Soria works perfect ninth to earn sixth save
    Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a one-run advantage to earn his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Soria struck out one in his inning of work. He has been mighty impressive thus far for the Tigers, posting a 1.17 ERA, 0.26 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB mark through his first 7 2/3 innings of work. Locked into his role for the remainder of the season, Soria should remain among the elite ranks at closer so long as he remains healthy.
    Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • White Sox place Matt Albers (finger) on DL
    White Sox placed RHP Matt Albers on the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury.

    Advice: He sustained the finger injury during Thursday's brawl with the Royals. It's a tough break for the White Sox, who are short on reliable arms in the bullpen. It's unclear at the moment how much time Albers may miss.
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
    15-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs KC
  • Kelvin Herrera given two game suspension
    Kelvin Herrera was given a two-game suspension for his role in Thursday's altercation with the White Sox.

    Advice: Herrera is already appealing a five-game ban for his throwing at Brett Lawrie last week, so it's possible he appeals this one as well
    Yesterday, 9:42 am
  • A's designate Eury De La Rosa for assignment
    Athletics designated LHP Eury De La Rosa for assignment.

    Advice: The southpaw was unable to crack the talented A's bullpen out of spring training and is now exposed to waivers to create room on the roster for Max Muncy. There's a chance a team looking for bullpen depth could roll the dice here.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 5:59 am
    Player Note
    Scott Baker NYY - SP,RP
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs NYM
  • Heston smashed for six runs in loss to Rocks
    Chris Heston was knocked around over 5 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing six runs on 11 hits to the Rockies.

    Advice: Heston fell to 2-2 with the tough outing. The Rockies put up two runs in the second inning, another run in the third, then finished Heston off with a three run sixth. Coming into the game, Heston--who is filling in for the injured Matt Cain--had an ERA of just 0.87. The poor outing bumped it to 2.77. He's is still usable in NL-only leagues, though owners should watch him closely to see if the bloom has begun to wear off the rose. The 27-year-old right-hander is set to face the Dodgers in his next start.
    Friday, 11:44 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 11:02 pm
  • Chad Qualls records second save
    Chad Qualls retired the only batter he faced Friday to pick up his second save against the A's.

    Advice: Qualls was the third pitcher of the 11th, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to center to end the game with the tying run on second. It's Qualls' second save in four days, but the Astros won't be replacing Luke Gregerson anytime soon.
    Friday, 11:00 pm
  • Martinez fans eight Brewers in shutout win
    Carlos Martinez struck out eight and did not allow a run in Friday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Martinez was, in a word, brilliant. The Brewers managed just four hits off of the 23-year-old, only one of which went for extra bases. The seven innings pitched marked Martinez's longest outing of the year as he improved to 2-0. In 20 innings, the right-hander has allowed just 11 hits. Martinez is facing an innings limit and will have to maintain his health, but his 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP speak for themselves. He'll look to stay on a good roll when he faces the Phillies in his next start.
    Friday, 10:55 pm
  • Yimi Garcia closes out the Padres
    Yimi Garcia got to close Friday and struck out two in a perfect ninth against the Padres.

    Advice: Garcia has looked like the Dodgers' best reliever dating back to the spring, so he was due to get a look in the ninth at some point. Of course, it's probably too late for him to rack up a bunch of saves, what with Kenley Jansen's return getting nearer. But those with an open roster spot could pick him up anyway.
    Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Pedro Strop (foot) unavailable on Friday
    Pedro Strop was unavailable on Friday due to a foot issue.

    Advice: The injury appears to be minor and Strop is expected to be available for Saturday's contest. He has been exceptional in the early going in a setup role for the Cubs, hurling 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 0.55 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Mariners recall Lucas Luetge from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 28-year-old hurler appeared in 12 games for the Marlins in 2014, posting a 5.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over nine innings. His stay is likely to be short lived as the M's must decide how to handle Hisashi Iwakuma's vacant rotation spot on Sunday.
    Friday, 6:12 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Min
  • Royals to re-evaluate Holland on Saturday
    The Royals will re-evaluate Greg Holland (pectoral) on Saturday to see if he can begin a throwing program.

    Advice: Holland was diagnosed with a Grade 1 pectoral strain late last week. He told reporters that he was ready to start throwing this coming weekend, but the Royals are being rightly cautious here and will make sure Holland isn't rushing anything before they set him on a throwing program. Wade Davis has done a stellar job closing in his absence and the team has no reason to push Holland back into action faster than necessary.
    Thursday, 2:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Holland (pectoral) set to throw this weekend
    Greg Holland (pectoral) said he will start to throw Saturday or Sunday.

    Advice: Holland told reporters he is feeling better after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 pectoral strain late last week. It's a good sign and points to a return when his mandatory 15 days on the DL are up. Wade Davis has performed wonderfully as the Royals' closer in Holland's absence.
    Wednesday, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Casilla gets the final out for his fifth save
    Santiago Casilla recorded the final out of the Giants' 6-2 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday, picking up his fifth save.

    Advice: Jean Machi started the inning with the Giants ahead by five runs, but the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs, forcing manager Bruce Bochy to bring in his closer. Casilla uncorked a wild pitch to allow the Giants to score a run and move everybody else up a base, but Justin Turner grounded out to second base to end the game. Casilla is a perfect 5-for-5 in save chances with a 3.00 ERA and a 5/2 K/BB ratio in six innings.
    Tuesday, 10:59 pm
  • Qualls picks up first save with a clean ninth
    Chad Qualls struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to record his first save as the Astros earned a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Qualls was filling in for regular closer Luke Gregerson, who had pitched on three consecutive days with a total of 41 pitches. Qualls made quick work of the Mariners, striking out Kyle Seager and Justin Ruggiano before getting Logan Morrison to ground out to shortstop to end the game. Barring injuries, Qualls shouldn't see save situations with any regularity.
    Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Herrera has appealed five-game suspension
    Kevin Herrera has appealed his five-game suspension.

    Advice: And he'll be available out of the Royals' bullpen until there's a decision on the appeal. Herrera was handed the five-game sentence from Major League Baseball on Tuesday for throwing at A's third baseman Brett Lawrie on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. Herrera, who throws 100 mph, also pointed to his own head as he was walking off the field -- which looked like a threat toward Lawrie. The five-game sentence should probably stand.
    Tuesday, 1:47 pm
  • MLB suspends Kelvin Herrera for five games
    MLB suspended Kelvin Herrera for five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for throwing at Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie on Sunday.

    Advice: No word on whether he'll appeal. Herrera didn't actually hit Lawrie with a pitch, but it prolonged more bad blood between the two sides. Yordano Ventura, who hit Lawrie on Saturday, was issued a fine. No punishments were levied to members of the Athletics.
    Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Gregerson grabs third save in win vs Mariners
    Luke Gregerson picked up his third save of the season, closing out the Astros' 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Gregerson brought the tying run to the plate after issuing a two-out walk to Kyle Seager, but he got Seth Smith to strike out swinging to end the ballgame. Gregerson remains unscored upon while converting all three save opportunities with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
    Monday, 10:46 pm
  • Graveman needs 73 pitches to get thru 3 IP
    Kendall Graveman was inefficient in a no-decision against the Angels on Monday, throwing 73 pitches while allowing three runs (two earned) in three-plus innings.

    Advice: Graveman issued back-to-back walks to start the fourth inning before he was replaced by Dan Otero. The right-hander allowed four hits in total along with three walks and two strikeouts. Despite a strong spring showing, Graveman has not looked good in two of his three starts thus far. He'll try to improve on his 6.94 ERA in his next start against the Astros at home.
    Monday, 10:15 pm
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Ausmus won't commit to closer yet
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Monday's game that he would worry about the closer situation when Joe Nathan (elbow) returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: He has previously stated that Nathan would get his job back when he returned, but the skipper appears to be backpedaling a bit here. Perhaps he might finally be willing to face reality and admit that Joakim Soria, who is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, is a better choice for the ninth inning. As for Nathan, he could throw a simulated game soon, which might be the last step before he's activated.
    Monday, 7:15 pm
  • DeSclafani fires 8 shutout innings vs. MIL
    Anthony DeSclafani held the Brewers scoreless over eight innings on Monday as the Reds won 6-1.

    Advice: Though it was against the lowly Brewers, DeSclafani gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out five. DeSclafani was a popular sleeper pick coming into the season and he's already paying dividends. The right-hander owns a 0.86 ERA, a 0.62 WHIP, and a 16/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. DeSclafani will attempt to remain undefeated in his next start at home versus the Cubs.
    Monday, 6:59 pm
  • Soria sets down the Yankees for fifth save
    Joakim Soria retired the Yankees in order in the ninth inning, recording his fifth save on Monday.

    Advice: Soria got Brett Gardner to ground out, followed by fly outs from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The right-hander, filling in for Joe Nathan in the closer's role, is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA and a 4/0 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
    Monday, 6:33 pm
  • Holland dealing with Grade 1 pectoral strain
    An MRI has revealed that Greg Holland is dealing with a Grade 1 pectoral strain.

    Advice: That, of course, is the least severe strain and means that the closer could be ready to return after his 15 days are up. Wade Davis will continue to fill in as the Royals' closer while Holland is on the shelf.
    Monday, 2:00 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Scott Baker nearly perfect for Oklahoma City
    Scott Baker lost a perfect game in the seventh inning Monday in a start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Addison Russell broke it up with a two-out single. Baker held on for the shutout, lowering his ERA to 1.06 in the process. With the Dodgers in need of a starter, Baker could get the call Saturday against San Diego. David Huff got first dibs at the No. 5 spot but was quickly sent down to Triple-A after a tough outing on April 14.
    Monday, 1:36 pm
    Player Note
    Scott Baker NYY - SP,RP
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs NYM
  • Kelvin Herrera tossed for throwing at Lawrie
    Kelvin Herrera was ejected from Sunday's game against the Athletics for throwing at Brett Lawrie.

    Advice: Lawrie was drilled by Yordano Ventura on Saturday after he had slid hard into second base earlier in the series, which led to a benches clearing altercation. Herrera didn't actually succeed in drilling Lawrie, throwing well behind him, but the intent was quite clear.
    Apr 19, 1:44 pm
  • Joel Peralta records third save
    Joel Peralta earned save No. 3 in Saturday's victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Peralta pitched a hitless ninth in a 6-3 game in his first appearance in five days. The 39-year-old right-hander had been bothered by a sore neck. With six straight scoreless appearances to begin the season, he looks like the Dodgers' full-time closer in Kenley Jansen's absence.
    Apr 18, 10:24 pm
  • Chris Heston earns win over Arizona
    Chris Heston held the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Heston has a 0.87 ERA in three starts in place of Matt Cain in the Diamondbacks rotation. We still wouldn't recommend him in mixed leagues -- his stuff isn't all that impressive -- but he's certainly worth playing in NL-only leagues for however long he's in the Giants rotation.
    Apr 18, 10:09 pm
  • Martinez gives up just one run in win
    Carlos Martinez held the Reds to just one run over six innings in a 5-2 victory on Saturday.

    Advice: Facing the Reds for a second straight start, Martinez gave up just three hits and a pair of walks while notching three strikeouts. The only run scored on a solo homer from Zack Cozart in the fifth inning. The 23-year-old owns a 2.08 ERA with a 13/5 K/BB ratio over his first 13 innings of work this season. He's likely going to face an innings limit, but there's breakout potential here.
    Apr 18, 3:00 pm
  • Royals place closer Holland (pectoral) on DL
    Royals placed RHP Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

    Advice: Holland hasn't allowed a run in four appearances this season, but must have incurred the injury during Friday's appearance. Wade Davis will presumably handle the ninth-inning gig while Holland is sidelined and is a tremendous addition in any mixed leagues where he's unowned.
    Apr 18, 12:43 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Greg Holland secures fourth save on Friday
    Greg Holland worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Athletics on Friday, preserving a two-run advantage to earn his fourth save of the season.

    Advice: Holland issued one walk in the inning and surprisingly didn't record a strike out. The dominant right-hander hasn't allowed a run yet in four innings this season and owns an exceptional 0.25 WHIP and 3/1 K/BB ratio.
    Apr 17, 8:01 pm
    15-Day DL
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