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  • Reds option Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A
    Reds optioned RHP Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in just one game in his brief stay with the Reds, hurling a pair of scoreless innings. He should get another opportunity with the big league club later in the season.
    38 minutes ago
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  • Josh Collmenter hurls shutout against Giants
    Josh Collmenter pitched his second career shutout and went 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: He ended up with almost as many hits as the four he allowed on the night. He struck out just two, but allowing the Giants to put the ball in play hasn't hurt many pitchers of late (Collmenter being one exception, having given up five runs in a loss to the Giants on Opening Day). Collmenter's previous shutout came last May 29 against the Reds. Unless the Diamondbacks decide to rearrange their rotation and pitch him Wednesday against the Rangers, he's due to face the Pirates next time out.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Siegrist notches first save of career
    Kevin Siegrist was credited with the first save of his career after tossing two scoreless innings Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Cardinals won by five runs, but they had a three-run lead when Siegrist entered the game in the eighth inning, so he was eligible for the save. The southpaw struck out three in his two innings of work while allowing one hit, one walk, and hitting a batter. Saves are going to be few and far between for him, but he's capable of being a valuable piece in this bullpen if he can avoid the injuries he dealt with last year.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Mets' Familia notches another save
    Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Marlins for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: Familia struck out two in the inning and worked around a two-out single to lock down the win. Pushed into the closer role after Jenrry Mejia's elbow injury and PED suspension, the 25-year-old appears poised to run away with the opportunity. He's currently tied with Atlanta's Jason Grilli for the major league lead in saves.
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Phelps gives up one run in no-decision
    David Phelps yielded one run over 4 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Phelps, who was making his first start of the season, didn't allow his first hit until the fifth inning. He unraveled a bit from there before reaching his pitch-limit. He struck out two and walked three before exiting. Phelps figures to get another couple of turns while Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is sidelined and makes worth a worthwhile addition in NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Mark Melancon secures first save of 2015
    Mark Melancon picked up his first save of the 2015 season, needing just two pitches to record the final out against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates began the ninth inning with a four-run advantage, but Antonio Bastardo got himself into a jam before Melancon was called in to put out the fire. He's been shaky in the early going, posting a 6.23 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over his first 4 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Dodgers recall Adam Liberatore from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled LHP Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler will be active an in uniform for Friday's game against the Rockies. He made a strong impression in Cactus League play and could stick around as a situational left-hander if he performs well.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel nails down save Friday
    Craig Kimbrel converted his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Kimbrel got everyone's blood pumping when he allowed a two-out single to Dexter Fowler and then Fowler stole second base. However, the closer then got Jorge Soler to ground out to preserve the one-run victory. Kimbrel has permitted just five baserunners and no runs in his six appearances with the Padres.
    Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Vic Black could return within a week
    Vic Black (shoulder) could rejoin the Mets' bullpen within the next week.

    Advice: Black has already made one rehab appearance. He'll be used in a setup role once activated.
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Craig Stammen to have flexor tendon surgery
    Craig Stammen will have surgery Sunday to repair a flexor tendon tear.

    Advice: "Bring it on," Stammen said. "I've got another challenge to try to overcome." The Nationals haven't provided a timetable for Stammen's return, but he's fully expected to miss the rest of the season. It's a big blow to a Nats bullpen that's already without fellow setup man Casey Janssen (shoulder).
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
    Disabled List
    10:05 am vs Phi
  • Ryan Dennick designated for assignment
    Dodgers designated LHP Ryan Dennick for assignment.

    Advice: The Dodgers had just claimed him on Wednesday, but they decided they'd rather have Daniel Corcino. Dennick could have a shot to pass through waivers this time.
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Neil Ramirez (shoulder) placed on DL
    Cubs placed RHP Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any structural damage. It's not clear at this point how long Ramirez will be sidelined. Chris Denorfia (hamstring) has been activated from the DL to take his spot on the roster.
    Yesterday, 7:57 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Henderson (shoulder) begins rehab assignment
    Jim Henderson (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Brevard County on Friday.

    Advice: Henderson showed diminished velocity in spring training as he worked his way back from surgery to repair a torn right labrum. The Brewers will give him plenty of rehab outings before activating him.
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Parnell's (elbow) velocity down in rehab
    Adam Rubin of reports that Bobby Parnell (elbow) was throwing 89-93 mph in his second rehab appearance with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

    Advice: Rubin adds that his lone 93 mph offering came on his final pitch of the night in an outing where he allowed a double, triple and walk and was charged with two runs in an inning of work. The report also says that Parnell was throwing 91-92 mph in his first rehab appearance. Parnell's fastball averaged 95.0 mph in 2013 and occasionally reached the upper-90s. It's certainly possibly that the velocity picks up in time, but don't expect him to challenge Jeurys Familia for the closer job anytime soon.
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Reed blows first save of the year in win
    Addison Reed blew his first save of the season in Thursday's 7-6, 12-inning victory against the Giants.

    Advice: It wasn't his fault. Protecting a 4-3 lead in the ninth, Buster Posey reached on an infield single and Reed proceeded to record two straight outs. He induced a towering fly to Joe Panik which should have been caught by Ender Inciarte but which turned into a game-tying RBI triple. On the other hand, the shot to right center probably would have been a home run in most any park but AT&T. Regardless, Reed issued an intentional free pass to Brandon Crawford and then walked Casey McGehee to load the bases. Andrew Chafin was brought in to face the lefty Nori Aoki and struck him out to strand the bases loaded. Though this was the first run Reed has given up all year, he now has an unsightly 2.63 WHIP in three appearances. Perhaps his shoulder is still bothering him a bit.
    Thursday, 11:46 pm
  • Bobby Parnell allows two runs in rehab outing
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) allowed a pair of runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work during his minor league rehab appearance with Class-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

    Advice: Parnell is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and will make several appearances in minor league games before he's an option to rejoin the Mets' bullpen. With Jenrry Mejia suspended, he should work his way into a late-inning role and could challenge Jeurys Familia for save chances once he proves his health and effectiveness.
    Thursday, 8:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Jeurys Familia notches fourth save
    Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for a save against the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Familia got Wednesday off after pitching three straight days, but he was right back in the saddle tonight. One wonders if the Mets will risk using him for the fifth time in six days if they generate another save chance tomorrow. They could turn to Jerry Blevins or Carlos Torres instead, since they don't want to burn Familia out in April.
    Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Craig Stammen needs surgery for flexor tear
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday that Craig Stammen (forearm) was diagnosed with a flexor tear following an MRI and will require surgery.

    Advice: Williams told reporters that Stammen could miss the rest of the season. It's a tough break for the Nationals, as the 31-year-old has thrown at least 72 2/3 innings in each of the past three seasons while compiling a 2.93 ERA. He's going to be hard to replace.
    Thursday, 1:25 pm
    Disabled List
    10:05 am vs Phi
  • Neil Ramirez will have MRI on right shoulder
    Neil Ramirez will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder.

    Advice: Ramirez felt discomfort in the shoulder Wednesday while warming up to enter the Cubs' game against the Reds. He faced a batter anyway but had to leave after three pitches. "It's nothing real positive I don't think," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his setup man. "I don't like to go to negative town too quickly but we'll see."
    Thursday, 6:25 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Ramirez leaves with right shoulder discomfort
    Neil Ramirez left Wednesday's game against the Reds with right shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: There's a fairly wide range of diagnoses for such an affliction, so we'll have to wait until Thursday to learn more about the setup man's outlook. Ramirez has been very active early this season for the Cubs, making five appearances in the club's eight games.
    Wednesday, 8:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Ramirez leaves game with undisclosed injury
    Neil Ramirez left Wednesday's game against the Reds with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Ramirez came on to pitch the ninth inning with a five-run lead, but after three straight balls to Joey Votto he was visited by Cubs trainer PJ Mainville on the mound. Ramirez left with the trainer. Brian Schlitter replaced him in the game. The Cubs should shed some light on his situation shortly.
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs SD
  • Dodgers claim Ryan Dennick off waivers
    Dodgers claimed LHP Ryan Dennick off waivers from the Reds; optioned him to Double-A Tulsa.

    Advice: Dennick gave up seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings last season with Cincinnati. The 28-year-old will be nothing more than organizational depth for the Dodgers.
    Wednesday, 2:19 pm
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  • Familia getting night off on Wednesday
    Jeurys Familia will be unavailable Wednesday.

    Advice: Familia has pitched three days straight, so he's getting the night off Wednesday against the Phillies. Carlos Torres and Jerry Blevins are the most likely fill-in options if a save opportunity arises.
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Pedro Villarreal recalled from Triple-A
    Reds recalled RHP Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Villarreal holds a 6.33 ERA over 15 appearances across the last three seasons with the Reds. He won't be used in high-leverage innings.
    Wednesday, 12:13 pm
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  • David Phelps back from paternity leave
    Marlins activated RHP David Phelps from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Phelps will start on Friday against the Mets in place of the injured Henderson Alvarez (shoulder). The Marlins don't think Alvarez will be sidelined too long, but Phelps figures to get a chance for a handful of starts.
    Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • Craig Stammen (forearm) placed on DL
    Nationals placed RHP Craig Stammen on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm stiffness.

    Advice: He first felt pain in the forearm on Sunday and it worsened after Tuesday's appearance. The reliever passed manual tests but will undergo an MRI to see if there's any structural damage. Taylor Jordan has taken Stammen's spot in the Nats' bullpen.
    Wednesday, 7:22 am
    Disabled List
    10:05 am vs Phi
  • Pirates will be eyeing Melancon's velocity
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that while he's not concerned, he will be keeping an eye on Mark Melancon's velocity.

    Advice: Melancon is averaging just 88.7 mph with his fastball so far this season, which is a notable drop from the 91.6 mph he averaged last year. Pitchers sometimes take a little while before their velocity returns, and obviously that's what the Pirates are hoping will occur here. "We’re going watch and we’re going to communicate," Hurdle said. "Concern is not a word that I’m going to use. Disappointed is not a word I’m going to use."
    Wednesday, 6:59 am
  • Familia allows homer but still gets 3rd save
    Jeurys Familia allowed a solo home run but was still able to record his third save of the season in Tuesday's win versus the Phillies.

    Advice: After Familia got the first out of the inning, Jeff Francoeur crushed a home run to left field to bring the Phillies to within one run. Familia, however, recovered with consecutive strikeouts of Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis to wrap up his third save. Despite the small hiccup, Familia should be reliable in the closer's role while Jenrry Mejia serves his 80-game suspension and Bobby Parnell continues to rehab.
    Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Black (shoulder) ready for rehab stint
    Vic Black (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Black was sidelined for most of the spring with shoulder tendinitis, but he's feeling better now. He might only need a few appearances before joining the Mets' bullpen.
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Parnell (elbow) to begin rehab assignment
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Parnell will likely make a handful of appearances at a couple of different levels as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. The 30-year-old could be an option to join the Mets' bullpen around the end of the month and might threaten for his old closer job if he shows his pre-Tommy John surgery form. Jeurys Famila is currently holding down the gig after Jenrry Meija's elbow injury and PED suspension.
    Tuesday, 12:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Ryan Dennick designated for assignment
    Reds designated RHP Ryan Dennick for assignment.

    Advice: Both Dennick and Daniel Corcino were removed from the 40-man roster with Kyle Skipworth and Josh Smith added. Dennick turned 28 in January and isn't considered a prospect.
    Monday, 3:39 pm
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  • David Phelps to start Friday vs. Mets
    David Phelps will start on Friday against the Mets in place of the injured Henderson Alvarez (shoulder).

    Advice: The Marlins have opted for Phelps over Brad Hand even though hand has pitched much better out of the bullpen so far. While Phelps has allowed four runs over two relief appearances with the Fish, he has the potential to be a solid stop-gap in the rotation. The 28-year-old holds a career 4.34 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 40 starts and should be able to post better numbers than that away from the American League and Yankee Stadium. He's worth a roster spot in NL-only formats.
    Monday, 2:17 pm
  • David Phelps goes on paternity leave
    Marlins placed RHP David Phelps on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He can be away from the club for up to three days. Jose Urena has taken Phelps' spot on the roster.
    Monday, 1:51 pm
  • Mark Melancon gives up three runs to Tigers
    After coming in with a 5-1 lead, Mark Melancon gave up three runs in the ninth before finishing off the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: It wasn't just a "closer pitches badly in non-save situation" thing; Melancon's velocity is well down right now and it cost him, as he gave up two doubles, a homer and a single before escaping the frame with a double play and a strikeout. Melancon, who typically throws 91-94 mph, has been mostly at 89-90 mph through three appearances. He did have a similar blip early last season, so maybe he'll get his velocity back in short order. If not, there could be more rough times ahead. His owners might want to add Tony Watson as insurance just in case.
    Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Jeurys Familia earns second save
    Jeurys Familia pitched a hitless ninth for his second save Monday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Familia walked one and threw just six of his 15 pitches for strikes, but that was good enough today. He's 2-for-2 closing out games since Jenrry Mejia went down, and he should be available to close tomorrow.
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Dodgers rack up nine hits against Collmenter
    Josh Collmenter allowed nine hits and three earned runs over five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: This marks two straight starts in which Collmenter has failed to make it past the fifth inning. He was pulled despite throwing just 74 pitches. The Dodgers slashed him for solitary runs in the third, fourth and fifth, with Yasiel Puig capping off the scoring on Collmenter's line with a solo home run. While he's struggled early this season, Collmenter has never posted an ERA higher than 3.69. He'll try to move the numbers in that direction when he takes on the defending champion Giants in his next start.
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
  • Familia sets down Braves for his first save
    Jeurys Familia retired the side in order in the ninth inning, earning his first save of the season as the Mets topped the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Familia got A.J. Pierzynski to ground out, Jonny Gomes to strike out, and Phil Gosselin to fly out to preserve the Mets' one-run lead. Familia should get plenty of save opportunities since the injured Jenrry Mejia (elbow) was suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Familia finished with a 2.21 ERA and a 73/32 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings last season and should be able to handle closing duties well.
    Sunday, 1:16 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel earns first save for Padres
    Craig Kimbrel picked up his first save for the Padres with a scoreless ninth Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: It was Kimbrel's third appearance in four days, but his first in a save situation. The Padres are already using him more aggressively than the Braves did. Last year, 51 of his 63 appearances resulted in a save or a blown save.
    Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Vic Black (shoulder) set for rehab assignment
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday that Vic Black (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment "within the next two days."

    Advice: Black has been battling shoulder tendinitis for the better part of a month but is ready for game action again. He shouldn't need too many rehab appearances before rejoining the Mets' bullpen.
    Friday, 7:02 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Parnell (elbow) beginning rehab assignment
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday that Bobby Parnell (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment "within the next two days."

    Advice: It's not clear how many rehab appearances Parnell will require, but the feeling is that he could rejoin the Mets' bullpen by the end of the month. There's an opening at closer with Jenrry Meija (elbow) sidelined, but it might take Parnell a while to get up to speed since he hasn't pitched in a major league game in over a year.
    Friday, 7:00 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Collins confirms: Familia will close for Mets
    Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Wednesday that Jeurys Familia will act as the team's primary closer while Jenrry Mejia (elbow) is sidelined.

    Advice: Mejia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with posterior inflammation in his right elbow. Familia has nasty raw stuff and posted an exceptional 2.21 ERA with 73 strikeouts across 77 1/3 innings last season for New York. He needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues while Mejia is on the shelf.
    Wednesday, 1:06 pm
  • Kimbrel strikes out the side in Padres debut
    Craig Kimbrel, making his debut as a Padre, struck out the side in the ninth inning in a non-save situation in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: It appeared as if Kimbrel would be protecting the one-run lead the Padres had just taken in the top of the ninth, but his team just kept tacking on runs, ending the frame with a four-spot. Kimbrel fanned Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, and Justin Turner to end the contest. The flamethrowing right-hander should continue to post elite numbers, especially with a move to a more pitcher-friendly ballpark.
    Tuesday, 11:15 pm
  • Reed holds on for a one-run win over Giants
    Addison Reed worked around a two-out walk to preserve the Diamondbacks' one-run lead in Tuesday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Reed got the first two outs on a Hector Sanchez strikeout and a Norichika Aoki ground out, but walked Joe Panik to put the tying run on first base. He was able to strike out Angel Pagan to end the ballgame. Due to a balky shoulder, Reed logged only 3 1/3 innings during the spring, but he was still ready in time for the regular season. Given his health and last year's performance, however, he's not exactly the most reliable closer to have for fantasy purposes.
    Tuesday, 10:00 pm
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