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  • Michael Brantley (shoulder) hits off tee Thursday
    Michael Brantley (shoulder) progressed to hitting off a tee on Thursday.

    Advice: Brantley remains stuck in a bit of a holding pattern as his recovery from last year's right shoulder surgery has hit a bit of a wall. The veteran outfielder remains without an official timetable to return and it appears unlikely that he'll be ready until sometime around midseason at this juncture. 8 minutes ago
  • Pulled with apparent injury
    Sale was lifted from Thursday's game against the Reds with an apparent injury, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Advice: Sale was visited on the mound by trainers twice during the fourth inning before eventually being pulled. Not much is known regarding the specifics of his injury, but whatever is bothering him caused a significant dip in velocity through just 59 pitches. The Red Sox will take a look at him and provide more information relatively soon. 36 minutes ago
  • Designated for assignment
    The Dodgers designated Burdi for assignment Thursday, Matthew Moreno of reports.

    Advice: Less than a week after being claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay, Burdi will be the Dodgers' roster casualty after the team traded for Ricky Vanasco on Thursday. The 28-year-old righty holds a 8.44 ERA during his major-league career and will likely have to improve upon his 4.91 ERA in Triple-A this season before he gets another shot in the bigs. 46 minutes ago
  • Homers Thursday
    Tovar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The homer was Tovar's first since May 16, though it was his fifth extra-base hit in his last five games. After a slow start to the season, the rookie shortstop had a solid May, batting .266 with a .767 OPS over 27 games. Tovar is now slashing .241/.286/.396 with four home runs, 26 runs scored, 23 RBI and two stolen bases through 199 plate appearances. 50 minutes ago
  • Two doubles to extend streak
    Marte went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over Colorado.

    Advice: Marte cut the Rockies' lead to 4-3 with an RBI double in the seventh before eventually scoring the winning run after doubling again with two outs in the ninth. The 29-year-old Marte has hit safely in 11 straight games, going 15-for-48 with six extra-base hits in that span. He's now slashing .284/.342/.486 with eight homers, 33 runs scored, 23 RBI and six stolen bases through 231 plate appearances this season. 56 minutes ago
  • Yu Chang (hand) to resume swinging on Friday
    Yu Chang (hand) will attempt to resume swinging a bat on Friday.

    Advice: Chang was pulled off a minor league rehab assignment last week after experiencing some renewed pain in his surgically-repaired left hand, but will attempt to resume swinging a bat again in a few days. 56 minutes ago
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  • Traded to Dodgers
    The Rangers traded Vanasco to the Dodgers on Thursday in exchange for Luis Valdez.

    Advice: After being designated for assignment Monday, Vanasco will now join the Dodgers organization as he works his way toward the majors. The 24-year-old righty had been nursing a knee injury all season before returning to Double-A, where he's allowed six earned runs through 2.1 frames. If Vanasco is able to right the ship, he could reach Triple-A by the end of the season. In order to make room for Vanasco on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, Zack Burdi was designated for assignment. 57 minutes ago
  • Blows first save
    Johnson (0-2) blew the save and took the loss Thursday against the Diamondbacks. He allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning.

    Advice: Johnson had the Diamondbacks down to their final strike before surrendering a double to Ketel Marte, followed by Corbin Carroll's walk-off base hit. It's Johnson's first blown save of the year despite his 6.85 ERA and 1.88 WHIP through 22.1 innings. While the 32-year-old righty has struggled, Daniel Bard has pitched to a 0.57 ERA. Johnson's grip on the closing job may be slipping. Today, 4:55 pm
  • Mariners summon Mike Ford to active roster
    Mariners selected the contract of 1B Mike Ford from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Seattle had 48 hours to officially add Ford to their active roster after he elected earlier on Thursday to opt-out of his minor league contract with the club. He'll join the Mariners for Friday's series opener against the Rangers. The 30-year-old journeyman, who was hitting .302 with 13 homers across 45 games this season at Triple-A Tacoma, figures to occupy a reserve role on Seattle's bench moving forward. Today, 4:50 pm