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  • Hudson moving into late-inning role with ARI
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

    Advice: Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess. Today, 6:14 am
  • Enrique Burgos gives up four runs in ninth
    After entering the ninth with a 9-5 lead, Enrique Burgos gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Burgos just got the closer gig from Jake Barrett last week, but he's probably thrown it away now (he also blew a save on Monday). The Diamondbacks could go back to Barrett or turn to Daniel Hudson, who has put together a nice August following his July implosion. We'd say Hudson is worth a shot. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Mets bring southpaw Gilmartin up to majors
    Mets recalled LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Gilmartin held a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 innings last season, but he has yet to find that kind of success in 2016. The 26-year-old southpaw has made five appearances with the Mets this season and has allowed seven runs on 11 hits in nine innings. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
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  • Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just up for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of two-run ball in the 8-1 loss. Goeddel has pitched to a 4.55 ERA in 29 1/3 innings at the major league level this season. Now back to Triple-A. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Roark toasted for five runs in five innings
    Tanner Roark was charged with five runs -- four earned -- in five innings and got hit with a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits and walked three while fanning four in the ballgame. He struggled to throw strikes and the patient Oriole hitters caused him to rack up 111 pitches in just five frames. Roark's stats will take a hit after this one but they still look good for the season. He has a 13-7 record with a 2.99 ERA in 169 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Estrada pounded for six runs in five innings
    Marco Estrada got beat around for six runs in five innings and was charged with a loss against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up 10 hits, including a pair of first-inning home runs. He struck out four and issued three free passes. It was a rare clunker in what has been a solid season for the former Brewer. His record falls to 7-6 with a 3.47 ERA. He lines up against the Orioles on Monday in the first of two starts next week. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Brad Boxberger fans three in inning
    Brad Boxberger struck out the side in the 11th and picked up a win Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Boxberger has yet to allow a run in 10 innings since coming off the disabled list on July 29. There's little chance of his overtaking Alex Colome to regain the closer's role this year, but he's giving the Rays a nice one-two punch at the end of games. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Dyson tosses perfect inning for 28th save
    Sam Dyson tossed a spotless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and earn his 28th save of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He induced three consecutive ground-outs and got through the inning on only eight pitches. He is not a big strikeout guy but he has been effective at keeping the ball on the ground this year. He has a 2.83 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Bedrosian diagnosed with blood clot in arm
    Cam Bedrosian (finger) has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his upper right arm.

    Advice: The blood clot was discovered in an angiogram. Bedrosian will visit a vascular specialist to determine his next course of action. The Angels placed him on the disabled list with right middle finger flexor tendinitis at the beginning of August. This new health complication compounds matters. His path forward should become more clear after he receives his additional medical checkup. Yesterday, 6:24 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Jon Niese has torn meniscus in left knee
    Updating a previous item, Jon Niese will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Thursday.

    Advice: It had already been reported that Niese would be undergoing surgery on the knee, but the Mets have now shined a little light as to the exact nature of his injury. Per the New York Times' James Wagner, Thursday's arthroscopic surgery comes with an expected recovery period of around four weeks. Which will almost certainly end his season. Robert Gsellman is taking Niese's rotation spot for now. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Yankees option Mitchell after DL activation
    Yankees activated RHP Bryan Mitchell from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Mitchell underwent surgery all the way back in April to repair a fractured left big toe. While manager Joe Girardi said in late June that there was no expectation that Mitchell would be able to return this season, he might just have beaten his timetable. He will continue to work to regain his form at Triple-A. Yesterday, 4:11 pm
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  • Cubs knock Clemens for five runs into sixth
    Paul Clemens proved ineffective in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Clemens struck out six without walking a batter on the afternoon. The Cubs struck for three of the five runs on his line in the very first inning, with Ben Zobrist's two-run triple serving as the key blow. Through 42 2/3 innings, the 28-year-old right-hander holds a rough 5.06 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. A road start against the Braves shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Bauer yields five runs in loss to Athletics
    Trevor Bauer yielded five runs -- three earned -- over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: Bauer worked a 1-2-3 frame in the bottom of the first, but it all fell apart for him in the second. Khris Davis hit a leadoff triple, Yonder Alonso drew a walk, and then Ryon Healy scored Oakland's first run with an RBI single to left field. Four more runs would follow, with the help of a Danny Valencia fielding error. Bauer allowed 10 total hits over his 6 2/3 frames and watched his season ERA jump from 3.88 to 4.01. He'll try for better next time out against the light-hitting Twins. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Belisle unavailable for Wednesday vs. O's
    Matt Belisle will not be available for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Belisle tossed three innings in Tuesday's 8-1 loss, so Nationals manager Dusty Baker will give him a day off to let him rest up. This season, the 36-year-old right-hander holds an impressive 1.89 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio over 38 innings. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Ken Giles earns fifth save versus Pirates
    Ken Giles tallied his fifth save Wednesday in the Astros' victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Giles whiffed both Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in a flawless bottom of the ninth inning at PNC Park. He now has a 3.58 ERA and 78/15 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 total frames this season for Houston, and he's converted four straight saves since officially taking over the club's ninth-inning role on August 2. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • BoSox still waiting on decision from Papelbon
    Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski reiterated Wednesday morning that the team is still waiting on a decision from free agent Jonathan Papelbon.

    Advice: Dombrowski and Co. reached out to Papelbon last week after he was released by the Nationals, but there has been no movement toward a contract agreement. "We did express some interest, but he has to decide what he wants to do," Dombrowski told MLB Network Radio. "We are open, we did call, he has to decide." Papelbon had a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 35 innings this season with Washington. Yesterday, 9:59 am
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  • Blazek's forearm rehab slow-going so far
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Wednesday that Michael Blazek's forearm rehab is "going a little slower than we anticipated."

    Advice: Counsell added that there's no way of telling at this point when Blazek might return. The right-hander landed on the disabled list August 14 with a forearm strain. He had a disappointing 5.58 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and 36/25 K/BB ratio through 40 1/3 innings this season out of the Milwaukee bullpen. Yesterday, 9:50 am
    15-Day DL
  • A's recall J.B. Wendelken from Nashville
    Athletics recalled RHP J.B. Wendelken from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Wendelken has allowed five earned runs on three walks and six hits this season at the major league level. The right-hander might only be up for a day or two. Yesterday, 9:23 am
  • Huston Street undergoes right knee surgery
    Huston Street underwent successful surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

    Advice: Street is done for the season, but it was an arthroscopic procedure -- not something more involved -- and the veteran right-hander is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of spring training next February. He tweeted this from the hospital Wednesday morning: "Just got out of surgery, still pretty loopy, but the doc said I should come back throwing 98, but it could have been 89." Street, 33, finished the 2016 season with a rough 6.45 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, and 14/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings. Fernando Salas is currently serving as the Angels' closer, by default. Yesterday, 8:32 am
    15-Day DL
  • Friedrich proves ineffective in loss to Cubs
    Christian Friedrich failed to impress in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Friedrich struck out just two while walking four. Three of the five runs on his line came home via the home run, with Kris Bryant cracking a solo shot in the third and Addison Russell mashing a two-run shot as part of a three-run fifth. Friedrich will carry a limp 4.89 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a road start against the Braves next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:09 pm
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