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  • Hunter Harvey (elbow) starting rehab assignment
    Hunter Harvey (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday with the Nationals' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate.

    Advice: Harvey has been sidelined since late April due to a right pronator strain. There isn't an exact timetable for his return to the Nationals' bullpen, but it sounds like he could be an option at some point in July. 1 minute ago
  • Pirates release veteran reliever Heath Hembree
    Pirates released RHP Heath Hembree.

    Advice: Hembree was designated for assignment last week after compiling a disastrous 7.16 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 12/14 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings (20 appearances this season for the Pirates. The 33-year-old veteran righty holds a pedestrian 4.33 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 387/142 K/BB ratio across 349 innings (351 appearances) in the majors since 2013. 16 minutes ago
  • Kolten Wong (calf) set to return Tuesday vs. Rays
    Kolten Wong (calf) will likely return for Tuesday's series opener against the Rays.

    Advice: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday that Wong has completed his minor league rehab assignment with High-A Wisconsin and will likely rejoin the team for Tuesday's matchup against the Rays. The veteran second baseman has been out since early June due to a right calf strain. 47 minutes ago
  • Brewers option Pablo Reyes to Triple-A Nashville
    Brewers optioned INF/OF Pablo Reyes to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Reyes has appeared in just four games this season for the Brewers, tallying four hits in 14 at-bats. The versatile 28-year-old utility specialist will head back to Triple-A Nashville where he's hit .249/.326/.434 with six homers and eight steals in 193 plate appearances this season. His demotion likely means that Kolten Wong will be activated from the injured list prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Rays. 50 minutes ago
  • Chris Sale (ribs) starting Thursday at Double-A
    Chris Sale (ribs) will make another minor league rehab start on Thursday for Double-A Portland.

    Advice: Sale is expected to throw three innings in his latest rehab start as he continues to progress towards a return to the Red Sox' starting rotation after next month's All-Star break. He'll likely require a few additional minor league outings to build up his pitch count and stamina. The 33-year-old left-hander has been out since spring training due to a stress fracture in his right rib cage. 57 minutes ago
  • Joey Wendle (hamstring) homers Sunday at Triple-A
    Joey Wendle (hamstring) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer on Sunday in a minor league rehab game for Triple-A Jacksonville.

    Advice: Wendle took Rays' righty Luis Patiño deep in the opening frame and also singled later in the contest before departing. The 32-year-old infielder has tallied four hits in two games on his current minor league rehab assignment and figures to rejoin the Marlins' lineup later this week. Today, 8:59 am
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  • Luis Patiño (oblique) fans seven in Triple-A start
    Luis Patiño recorded seven strikeouts over five innings on Sunday in a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Patiño has been built up slowly as he works his way back from an early-season left oblique strain. He got up to 78 pitches (57 strikes) in this latest outing. The 22-year-old righty figures to rejoin the Rays' pitching mix, likely as a traditional starter or bulk reliever at some point in early July. Today, 8:56 am
  • Phillies sign lefty Jace Fry to minors contract
    Phillies signed LHP Jace Fry to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Fry was released by the Nationals last weekend and quickly latched on with the division-rival Phillies. The 28-year-old lefty has posted a solid 3.77 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio across 14 1/3 innings (15 appearances) this season at the Triple-A level. He'll bolster Philadelphia's organizational relief depth moving forward. Today, 8:10 am
  • Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) likely back this week
    Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) fired a scoreless inning on Sunday in a minor league rehab appearance for Double-A Somerset.

    Advice: There's a possibility that Chapman could be activated from the injured list ahead of Monday's series opener against the Athletics in New York after tossing a pair of scoreless innings for Double-A Somerset in a brief minor league tune-up. The 34-year-old left-hander is expected to operate in a ninth-inning role for the Yankees when he does return. It doesn't sound like he's too far away. Stay tuned. Today, 8:06 am
  • Pirates place Max Kranick (elbow) on 60-day IL
    Pirates recalled RHP Max Kranick from Triple-A Indianapolis; placed him on the 60-day injured list with a right elbow injury.

    Advice: It's merely a procedural move to clear up a spot on the Pirates' 40-man roster. Kranick will miss the remainder of the 2022 campaign, and a significant chunk of next season as well, after undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery earlier this month. Today, 8:02 am
  • Tyler Matzek (shoulder) starting rehab assignment
    Tyler Matzek (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday with Low-A Augusta.

    Advice: Matzek played a pivotal role in the Braves' title run last year and has been out since early May due to left shoulder inflammation. The 31-year-old left-hander's return will provide a significant boost to Atlanta's bullpen. Today, 7:43 am
  • Tigers re-sign Drew Hutchison to minors contract
    Tigers re-signed RHP Drew Hutchison to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Hutchison returns to the Tigers' organization, signing a minor league pact for the fourth time since last February. The 31-year-old righty has pitched well this season at the major-league level, posting a serviceable 4.82 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 17/16 K/BB ratio across 24 1/3 innings (12 appearances, two starts). Today, 7:33 am
  • Cardinals planning to call up James Naile from AAA
    Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports that the Cardinals are calling up right-hander James Naile from Triple-A Memphis for Monday's series opener against the Marlins.

    Advice: Naile, who signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals last November, will be making his major-league debut when he gets into a game. The 29-year-old righty has pitched extremely well this season at Triple-A Memphis, compiling a 3.28 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 42/11 K/BB ratio across 46 2/3 innings (27 appearances, three starts). Today, 7:27 am
  • Luis Garcia's next start pushed back to Thursday
    Luis Garcia will have his next start pushed back to Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Framber Valdez and Justin Verlander will start on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, against the Mets in New York. Houston has opted to push Luis Garcia back a couple days to Thursday's series opener against the Yankees to avoid having both Valdez and Verlander pitch against the Yankees in two consecutive starts. It's a tough assignment for Garcia, but it certainly helps out both Valdez and Verlander. Today, 7:22 am
  • Pirates outright Jerad Eickhoff to Triple-A
    Pirates sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Eickhoff was crushed for 10 runs over 4 1/3 innings last week in a spot start against the Cubs and was designated for assignment shortly thereafter. The 31-year-old righty passed through waivers unclaimed and will remain with the Pirates as organizational pitching depth. Today, 7:20 am
  • Mariners acquire Trey Amburgey from Reds in trade
    Mariners acquired OF Trey Amburgey from the Reds for cash.

    Advice: Amburgey will provide the Mariners with some extra outfield depth at Triple-A Tacoma. The 27-year-old appeared in two games last year for the Yankees and has hit .226/.302/.429 with seven homers across 149 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Louisville. Today, 7:14 am
  • Kudrna pitches four scoreless for Fireflies
    Royals RHP prospect Ben Kudrna fired four scoreless innings for Low-A Columbia on Sunday.

    Advice: Kudrna allowed two hits and struck out three, but did hit a batter and issue two free passes. The right-hander has been treated carefully by the Royals in his first full professional season with the club, and the 19-year-old has posted a 1.96 ERA over seven starts and 23 innings with the Fireflies. The 43rd pick of last year’s draft, Kudrna can miss bats with three plus pitches, but his command is miles away as seen in 14 free passes in those 23 frames. As he fills out his 6-foot-3 frame he should be able to repeat his delivery on a more consistent basis, and he projects as a starter in the long-term. You may not see him in the majors until 2025, but if Kudrna fulfills his potential, he could end up a top-of-the-rotation arm. There’s a wide variety of outcomes with this type of profile, however. Today, 6:38 am
  • Davis doubles, homers for Curve on Sunday
    Pirates C prospect Henry Davis went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double on Sunday for Double-A Altoona.

    Advice: The homer is the seventh of the season for Davis, and the second in 13 games with the Curve. The first-overall pick of last year’s draft is hitting just .191 in his time with Altoona, but much of that is due to a 0-for-15 slump; he’s picked up two hits in his last three games and showing the talent that makes him one of the best prospects in the sport. Davis likely won’t make his debut until 2023, but he’ll be worth fantasy consideration whenever that debut occurs. There’s a lot to like. Today, 6:37 am
  • Medina fires six scoreless for Double-A Somerset
    Yankees RHP prospect Luis Medina allowed just a hit over six scoreless innings Sunday for Double-A Somerset.

    Advice: Medina, 23, struck out five while issuing a pair of walks. The right-hander has been solid in his 13 starts for the Patriots, and he lowered his ERA to 3.00 over 54 frames with a 66/28 K/BB ratio along with a .166 average allowed. The right-hander has seen his stock drop a bit because of lackluster control, but the stuff is outstanding; you’ll see an 80-grade fastball that gets into triple digits along with two plus secondary pitches. If Medina doesn’t improve his command he could be an outstanding reliever, but the Yankees will give him every chance to start before making that move. Either way, he should be on radars -- if not rosters -- in keeper leagues. Today, 6:36 am
  • Three hits, two homers for Canario on Sunday
    Cubs OF prospect Alexander Canario homered twice while going 3-for-4 for Double-A Tennessee on Sunday.

    Advice: Canario has shown off the power stroke at a pair of levels in 2022, as he has gone deep 17 times over 65 games with 10 of those coming in 41 games with the Smokies. What he has not shown in Double-A that he did in High-A is much in the average category, as he’s hitting just .213 in Tennessee compared to .281 while with South Bend. Acquired by the Cubs in the Kris Bryant deal last July, Canario has easy plus power in his right-handed bat, but needs to tone down the swing-and-miss if he’s ever going to contribute in the average category as seen in 88 strikeouts over 253 at-bats. He’s an above-average runner as well, so he could be a factor in the steals category if he gets on enough to run. Canario has work to be done, but if he can make enough contact, he has a chance to be a 30-homer player someday. Today, 6:35 am