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  • Cubs recall James Russell from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP James Russell from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The team signed Russell to a minor league contract on April 8. He'll provide them with some necessary, proven bullpen depth. Last season, he posted a 2.97 ERA and a 42/20 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings between the Cubs and the Braves.
    37 minutes ago
  • Cubs designate Blake Parker for assignment
    Cubs designated RHP Blake Parker for assignment.

    Advice: Parker's being DFA'ed to make room for James Russell. The 29-year-old Parker posted a 5.14 ERA and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings last season. He has a chance to pass through waivers.
    40 minutes ago
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  • Scott Baker outrighted to Triple-A
    Dodgers sent RHP Scott Baker outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers designated Baker for assignment on May 3. In 11 innings, he had posted a 5.73 ERA. The veteran right-hander will continue to provide the Dodgers with pitching depth and it's possible he'll see major league time later in the season.
    58 minutes ago
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  • Neil Ramirez (shoulder) to throw off mound
    Neil Ramirez (shoulder) is expected to throw off the mound on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez is currently on the mend from right shoulder inflammation. There's no structural damage in the shoulder. The right-hander has been throwing on flat ground and looks ready to move forward in his rehab. While there's no timetable for his return, once he throws off the mound the team should have a better gauge for how long his recovery might take.
    Today, 3:34 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.
    Today, 3:31 pm
    15-Day DL
  • 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.
    Today, 3:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • Gonzales (pectoral) to start at Memphis Sat.
    Marco Gonzales (pectoral) is scheduled to return to the Triple-A Memphis rotation on Saturday.

    Advice: Gonzales has been on the shelf since April 22 with a sore left pectoral muscle. If he pitches well on Saturday, the Cardinals might go ahead and insert the 23-year-old left-hander into their starting rotation next week. There's a vacancy with Adam Wainwright (heel) ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season, and Gonzales is capable of providing a good amount of fantasy production in that spot.
    Today, 2:43 pm
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    Bot 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • 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.
    Today, 2:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Cubs option Gonzalez Germen to AAA Iowa
    Cubs optioned RHP Gonzalez Germen to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Germen had allowed five earned runs in six innings for the Cubs. He may get another look later this year.
    Today, 1:58 pm
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  • 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.
    Today, 1:57 pm
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  • 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.
    Today, 11:38 am
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  • 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.
    Today, 10:45 am
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs ^ ChC
  • Shoemaker goes toe-to-toe with King Felix
    Matt Shoemaker pitched quite well on Monday, but relented late as he allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Shoemaker and opposing starter Felix Hernandez traded goose eggs, bringing a scoreless ballgame into the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz got the scoring started with a solo home run and Logan Morrison followed up with one of his own. Seth Smith added a third solo home run in the eighth, chasing Shoemaker from the game. Shoemaker only allowed four hits on the night along with one walk while striking out 10. Despite the loss, Monday's effort was the best Shoemaker has looked in five starts. He has a 5.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He'll have to deal with the first-place Astros at home the next time he takes the mound.
    Yesterday, 9:56 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Neil Ramirez (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Neil Ramirez (shoulder) is close to resuming throwing off a mound.

    Advice: Ramirez has been throwing on flat ground for a little while now and is almost ready to take the next step. There's no timetable for his return, but he would seem to have a shot to be back sometime this month if he keeps progressing.
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
    15-Day DL
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
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  • Dodgers designate Scott Baker for assignment
    Dodgers designated RHP Scott Baker for assignment.

    Advice: The Dodgers are expected to recall an extra bullpen arm to fulfill his spot on the active roster. Baker posted a 5.73 ERA over 11 innings with the Dodgers. There's a decent chance that he'll attract interest from elsewhere.
    Sunday, 8:14 pm
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  • Dodgers to designate Baker for assignment
    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers plan to designate Scott Baker for assignment.

    Advice: After using seven relievers in Sunday's 13-inning affair the Dodgers will need a fresh arm in the bullpen and it seems Baker is the odd-man out. He posted a troublesome 5.73 ERA in his 11 innings for the Dodgers. The veteran right-hander should attract interest elsewhere from team's in need of rotation depth.
    Sunday, 6:02 pm
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  • 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.
    Sunday, 11:19 am
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  • 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.
    Sunday, 10:03 am
    Bot 1, 0-0 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.
    Sunday, 9:59 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 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.
    Sunday, 8:58 am
    15-Day DL
  • 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."
    Sunday, 7:59 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-2 vs Cle
  • 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.
    Saturday, 10:08 pm
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  • 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.
    Saturday, 3:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • 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.
    Friday, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Marco Gonzales (pectoral) nearing return
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Thursday that Marco Gonzales (pectoral) could be "back throwing in a game, at the minor league level, somewhere around May 10th."

    Advice: Gonzales has been on the disabled list at Triple-A Memphis since April 22 with a sore left pectoral muscle, but he might move into the Cardinals' rotation around the middle of May if everything goes smoothly from here on out. Adam Wainwright (heel) is done for the season and Jamie Garcia (shoulder) is a bit behind Gonzales. Tim Cooney could delay things if he pitches well.
    Thursday, 10:44 am
    Not Active
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • Shoemaker allows 3 runs in no-decision vs A's
    Matt Shoemaker yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday in a no-decision as the Angels beat the A's 6-3.

    Advice: Shoemaker was activated from the bereavement list (to tend to an unspecified personal issue) earlier in the day. He didn't end up missing a start. Shoemaker has been more lucky than good in accruing a 2-1 record. He's surrendered a .301 opponent's batting average in posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through four outings. The right-hander gets the Mariners next week.
    Wednesday, 10:12 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.
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Ramirez (shoulder) limited to playing catch
    Neil Ramirez (shoulder) has been playing catch in Arizona but has yet to throw off a mound.

    Advice: The Cubs are taking it slow with their right-hander, who hit the shelf on April 17 with right shoulder inflammation. Ramirez doesn't have any structural damage so he should be back at some point. When that will be remains unclear.
    Wednesday, 3:15 pm
    15-Day DL
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 3:13 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Shoemaker activated from bereavement
    Angels activated RHP Matt Shoemaker from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Shoemaker will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday in Oakland. The right-hander holds a 6.46 ERA through three starts this season.
    Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Gonzales to resume throwing this week
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) will resume throwing in 4-5 days.

    Advice: Gonzales was placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list late last week with soreness in his left pectoral/shoulder. Assuming all goes well from here on out, he should be ready to take Adam Wainwright's (Achilles) spot in the rotation before long. The Cards will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney in the meantime.
    Apr 27, 2:46 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs ChC
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
    Apr 26, 8:53 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-2 vs Cle
  • 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
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  • 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.
    Apr 24, 10:55 pm
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