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  • Morton (hip) out until late May/early June
    Charlie Morton (hip) isn't expected to be activated until late May/early June.

    Advice: Morton threw six innings and 93 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday and will next have a bullpen session Tuesday. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment after that and could use his entire 30-day allotment before rejoining the Pirates' rotation. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
     
    15-Day DL
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    57 minutes ago
  • 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
    59 minutes ago
     
    15-Day DL
    11:15 am vs Pit
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:00 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Rockies flip-flop Kendrick, Matzek
    Kyle Kendrick will start for the Rockies on Sunday in San Diego, pushing Tyler Matzek back to Monday.

    Advice: The club wants to split up left-handers Matzek and Jorge De La Rosa, who started Saturday. It's good news for Kendrick, who now gets to start at Petco Park rather than Coors Field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:18 am
  • O'Sullivan (knee) set for rehab assignment
    Sean O'Sullivan (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Lakewood on Thursday.

    Advice: It's uncertain how many rehab outings he'll need. With David Buchanan being sent to Triple-A, it appears that O'Sullivan will retain his rotation spot for now even with Chad Billingsley (elbow) returning from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:00 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Hatcher earns second save as Dodgers win
    Chris Hatcher picked up his second save of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hatcher gave up a one-out single to Jordan Pacheco, but the game ended when Pacheco was then struck by a batted ball on his way to third base following a David Peralta single up the middle. It was the second game that ended that way on Saturday. Hatcher hasn't been great at limiting hits or runs this season, but he does have good swing-and-miss stuff and he should be the Dodgers' primary fill-in at closer until Kenley Jansen (foot) is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
     
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Hellickson yields three runs, D'Backs lose
    Jeremy Hellickson yielded three runs over 5 1/3 innings Saturday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hellickson struck out six Los Angeles batters and walked just one, but the Dodgers tagged him for six hits -- including a Justin Turner home run and doubles from Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. Hellickson escaped with a no-decision, but he's 1-3 with a rough 5.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 27 2/3 innings this season. The 28-year-old right-hander doesn't have much fantasy promise at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:04 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • De La Rosa allows three earned in loss
    Jorge De La Rosa allowed three earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: De La Rosa struck out nine San Diego batters, but he walked three and gave up five hits -- two of which were doubles. The left-hander has now had two bad starts and one good start since debuting on April 20. He'll carry an 0-2 record, 9.00 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP into his next scheduled outing at home against the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 3:17 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    11:15 am vs Pit
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Charlie Morton (hip) won't begin rehab yet
    Charlie Morton (hip) will pitch in another extended spring training game on Saturday rather than begin a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton.

    Advice: No reason was given for the change, but it doesn't look like a setback. Morton had been slated to throw seven innings and/or 90 pitches for Bradenton but will instead do it at the Pirates' spring training complex. He remains ticketed for a return to the big club's rotation pretty soon. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:39 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:01 pm
  • Kendrick pelted over 4 1/3 IP in loss to ARI
    Kyle Kendrick was shelled in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, as he was taken for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Kendrick gave up 10 hits in total, five of which went for extra bases. He issued only one walk but also didn't strike anyone out. The D'Backs scored multiple runs in three frames against the right-hander: three in the first, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth. The Kyle Kendrick experiment has gone poorly for the Rockies so far, as he owns an 8.36 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP and a 19/10 K/BB ratio in 28 innings. He'll try to exact revenge in his next start, as he takes on the D'Backs again. It will be at Coors Field, which could prove even more problematic. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:06 pm
  • Morton (hip) beginning rehab assignment Sat.
    Charlie Morton (hip) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll go seven innings and/or 90 pitches. Morton has been fully recovered from hip surgery for a while, but the Pirates have had him work on his mechanics in extended spring training. Manager Clint Hurdle wasn't sure how many rehab starts Morton would need before being activated. "We're taking 'em one at a time," Hurdle said. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:05 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:01 pm
  • Hellickson gives up four runs in loss to Bucs
    Jeremy Hellickson struggled in a losing effort against the Pirates on Sunday, surrendering four runs on seven hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Hellickson did manage to rack up six strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing a pair of free passes. The Pirates struck for two in the first on a two-run single by Pedro Alvarez and added a pair on the fifth on a Neil Walker double. Hellickson has had a rough time in the D'Backs rotation thus far, registering a 5.24 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 16/8 K/BB ratio over his 22 1/3 innings. He'll look to turn things around on Saturday when he takes on the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:33 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
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:42 pm
     
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 10:07 am
     
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • De La Rosa fans seven in second start
    Jorge De La Rosa struck out seven Giants on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits.

    Advice: De La Rosa missed most of April with a groin injury. His first start, on April 20th against the Padres, was a nine-run disaster, but the pitcher showed improvement on Saturday. De La Rosa put up respectable numbers for the Rockies last season, posting a 4.10 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 184 1/3 innings. He'll try to give up fewer than nine runs when he faces the Padres again in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 9:09 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:59 am
     
    1:10 pm vs Ari
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