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  • Royals outright Albuquerque to AAA Omaha
    Royals sent RHP Al Alburquerque outright to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Alburquerque was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Sunday after posting a 6.75 ERA in five relief appearances. He can refuse the outright assignment and become a free agent. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
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  • MRI reveals no damage in Cahill's shoulder
    An MRI taken Tuesday on Trevor Cahill's right shoulder showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: Cahill was sent for the exam after experiencing lingering soreness in his right shoulder while attempting to play catch from 75 feet this weekend. He'll be shut down from throwing for the next 10-14 days and will then have to begin a rehab program from scratch. It's doubtful we see him again on a major league mound before mid-to-late June. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:29 pm
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  • Dodgers option Josh Ravin to AAA OKC
    Dodgers optioned RHP Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Ravin was only in the majors for one game and did not see an appearance. The right-hander has posted good numbers this season in the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:04 pm
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  • Marlins place David Phelps on bereavement
    Marlins placed RHP David Phelps on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Phelps will miss the Marlins' two-game series against the Athletics following a death in his family. The 30-year-old right-hander has posted a cool 3.68 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of relief this season for Miami and could soon move into the starting rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:59 pm
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  • Jose Leclerc (finger) nearing mound work
    Jose Leclerc (finger) could be cleared to begin throwing off a mound later this week.

    Advice: He'll first have to make it through back-to-back flat-ground sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. The 23-year-old has been on the disabled list since May 8 because of tendinitis in his right index finger. Leclerc was sporting a 2.31 ERA and 18 strikeouts through 11 2/3 innings this season out of the Rangers' bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:16 pm
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  • Cubs recall RHP Pena from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Pena has allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk over five innings with the Cubs this season. He'll pitch in middle relief in his return to the majors. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:53 pm
  • Cubs option Rosscup to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned LHP Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Rosscup was just called up on Monday and retired two batters in his lone appearance against the Giants. Felix Pena will replace him in the Cubs' bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:52 pm
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  • Orioles recall Jayson Aquino from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled LHP Jayson Aquino from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Aquino has a 9.00 ERA this year in the majors and a 5.13 ERA at the Triple-A level. No matter what role he fills, the 24-year-old left-hander carries no fantasy relevance in Baltimore. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:50 pm
  • Orioles option Stefan Crichton to AAA level
    Orioles optioned RHP Stefan Crichton to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Crichton has allowed six earned runs on 15 hits over 8 1/3 innings of relief this season at the major league level. He's being replaced on the O's active roster by left-hander Jayson Aquino. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:48 pm
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  • Cardinals option Tuivailala to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Tyler Lyons will take his place on the active roster as he returns from the disabled list. Tuivailala has compiled a 3.27 ERA and 8/5 K/BB ratio over 11 innings at the major league level this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:42 pm
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  • Cards activate Tyler Lyons from 10-day DL
    Cardinals activated LHP Tyler Lyons from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Lyons posted a 5.56 ERA with three home runs allowed in 11 1/3 innings, but the good news is that he's over his right intercostal strain. The 29-year-old will return to a middle relief role. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:40 pm
  • Mets recall LHP Smoker from Triple-A
    Mets recalled LHP Josh Smoker from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Smoker will rejoin the Mets' bullpen with Hansel Robles headed to the minors. The southpaw owns a 7.88 ERA and 20/10 K/BB ratio over 16 innings with the big club this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
  • Mets option Robles to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: It wasn't too long ago that Robles looked like one of the club's better relief arms, but he has been rocked for 12 runs on 10 hits (including four home runs) and four walks in his last three appearances. His ERA now stands at 6.23 for the year. Josh Smoker will take his place in the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:15 pm
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  • Blanton (shoulder) plays catch Tuesday
    Joe Blanton (shoulder) played catch Tuesday.

    Advice: As noted by Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Blanton was playing catch with teammate Sammy Solis (elbow) as both pitchers are working their way back from injuries. Blanton struggled to the tune of a 9.49 ERA through 12 1/3 innings before landing on the disabled list last week with right shoulder inflammation. The Nationals haven't mapped out a specific timetable for his return, but he's already moving in the right direction. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:43 am
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  • Solis (elbow) plays catch Tuesday
    Sammy Solis (elbow) played catch Tuesday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for Solis, who is working his way back from elbow nerve inflammation. However, there's no clear timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:40 am
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  • Lugo (elbow) set for second rehab start
    Seth Lugo (elbow) is set to make his second minor league rehab start on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lugo, who is coming back from a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, allowed two hits with no strikeouts and no walks over 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his first rehab start with High-A St. Lucie last Thursday. Assuming no setbacks, he appears on track for a return in the early part of June. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:35 am
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  • Padres option RHP Valdez to Triple-A
    Padres optioned RHP Jose Valdez to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Carlos Asuaje on the active roster. Valdez, who was claimed off waivers from the Angels earlier this month, was just called up on Saturday and threw 41 pitches in relief in his lone appearance. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:21 am
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  • Hunter (calf) to begin rehab stint Tuesday
    Tommy Hunter (calf) is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Hunter should only need a couple of appearances before rejoining the Rays. The veteran reliever has been sidelined for a month due to a right calf strain. He had a 1.08 ERA over 10 appearances prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 am
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  • Bradley makes another scoreless appearance
    Archie Bradley turned in another scoreless appearance Monday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Bradley relieved Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and induced a groundout from Avisail Garcia to seal Arizona's 5-1 victory. The former top prospect has been excellent in a dynamic relief role for the Diamondbacks this season, with a 1.35 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 27/5 K/BB ratio over 13 appearances covering 20 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Devenski earns win Monday versus Tigers
    Chris Devenski earned a win Monday with 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Tigers.

    Advice: Devenski relieved spot starter Brad Peacock in the top of the fifth inning and retired all seven batters he faced on just 26 pitches to keep the Astros' shutout alive. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out two batters and now boasts an outstanding 46/7 K/BB ratio in 27 innings this season, along with a 2.67 ERA and 0.74 WHIP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Melancon earns ninth save Monday vs. Cubs
    Mark Melancon recorded his ninth save of the season Monday in the Giants' 6-4 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Melancon gave up a two-out single to Javier Baez but fanned Ian Happ to seal the victory for San Francisco. The veteran closer is 3-for-3 in save opportunities since coming off the disabled list May 17. He has a 2.63 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 total innings this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Blach limits Cubs to three runs over seven
    Ty Blach limited the Cubs to three earned runs over seven-plus innings Monday for his second win.

    Advice: The lefty was working on a shutout until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Jason Heyward singled, Javier Baez struck a two-run homer, and Ian Happ tripled to drive Blach from the game. He yielded eight hits in all but struck out three and didn't issue a single walk. Brach now stands 2-2 with a 4.10 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 14/10 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season. He lines up to face the Braves at home in his next outing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Nate Jones (elbow) throws simulated game
    Nate Jones (elbow) appeared in a simulated game Monday.

    Advice: Jones has been on the shelf for nearly three weeks with right elbow neuritis. It's not clear whether he'll require a rehab assignment before being activated, but it doesn't look like the veteran reliever is far off from a return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:09 pm
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  • Zac Rosscup called up from Triple-A
    Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Rosscup was non-tendered by the Cubs over the winter before being re-signed to a minor league deal and he earned a spot back on the 40-man roster with a 3.45 ERA and 25/3 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 relief innings for Iowa. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:45 pm
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  • Burdi keeps missing bats
    White Sox prospect Nick Burdi pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Burdi did allow a hit, but he also struck out two hitters. Those strikeouts give him 27 on the season, and he's done it in just under 18 innings. With one of the best fastballs in minor-league baseball and a plus slider, Burdi has the stuff to be a dominant closer. When you add in his above-average change? You could be looking at a special reliever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:28 am
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  • Lopez impresses
    White Sox pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez gave up just one run in his six innings of work on Sunday for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Lopez gave up just three hits on the afternoon, and he struck out five hitters while walking just one. That start pushed his ERA down to 2.94, and he's striking out more than a hitter an inning in the International League. Long story short, he's probably ready to face big-league hitters for the surprising White Sox. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 am
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  • Josh Ravin recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Ravin has allowed just one run with a 15/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings in the minors this season. He'll work in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:02 pm
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  • Cahill (shoulder) has setback, will have MRI
    Trevor Cahill is headed for an MRI after feeling continued soreness in his right shoulder while throwing from 75 feet Saturday.

    Advice: Well, that's not a positive development. Cahill has been a pleasant surprise out of the Padres' rotation this season, but it's beginning to look like he could be sidelined for a while. Obviously, more will be known about his status once the exam results are in. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:18 am
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  • Al Alburquerque designated for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Al Alburquerque for assignment.

    Advice: Alburquerque held a 6.75 ERA over five relief appearances. Mike Francesa's favorite player could clear waivers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:43 am
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  • Mark Melancon secures eighth save
    Mark Melancon allowed one earned run and two hits in a 22-pitch 13th inning for his eighth save of the season in Saturday's game in St. Louis.

    Advice: Melancon has back-to-back saves in St. Louis since coming off the 10-day disabled list. He has allowed seven hits over his past four innings over four appearances but he remains a solid fantasy option all most formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:06 pm
  • Padres call up Valdez to replace Weaver
    Padres recalled RHP Jose Valdez from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: The Padres had an open roster spot with Jered Weaver (hip) headed to the disabled list. Claimed off waivers from the Angels earlier this month, Valdez has not been effective at any level this season. He let up two runs in his only inning of big league work this year and carries a sluggish 5.74 ERA in 13 appearances at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:19 pm
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  • Leclerc (finger) shut down after injection
    Jose Leclerc received an injection in his right middle finger.

    Advice: Leclerc hasn't shown much improvement since landing on the DL with finger tendinitis about two weeks ago. The injection will shut him down for at least a few days. Leclerc has had success in a setup role this year, earning a terrific 2.31 ERA with a 13.89 K/9 over 10 outings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:12 pm
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  • Mark Melancon notches first save since return
    Making his first appearance since coming off the DL, Mark Melancon threw a scoreless ninth Friday for his seventh save.

    Advice: Melancon gave up a hit, but he started a double play afterwards and threw just nine pitches in his inning. Since he was so efficient, the Giants will probably use him Saturday if they have another save chance. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:00 pm
  • David Phelps a candidate to start Sunday
    David Phelps is a candidate to start Sunday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Odrisamer Despaigne is also being considered. The Marlins need someone to take the place of Tom Koehler, who was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Despaigne started in the minor leagues before his call-up while Phelps has amassed 64 big league starts including five last season. Phelps isn't stretched out so he'd probably be limited to four or five innings if he gets the call on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
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  • Leclerc (finger) not yet throwing off mound
    Jose Leclerc (finger) has yet to begin throwing off the mound.

    Advice: Leclerc has been sidelined with a bruised right index finger since May 8. He has been playing catch, albeit only while throwing his changeup. Manager Jeff Banister addressed this, saying, "It’s not because of pain, it's more strengthening of the finger until we get him to where the strength of the finger is there and he's able to feel good about where he's throwing his fastball." It remains somewhat unclear just when the 23-year-old right-hander will be able to rejoin the team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:31 pm
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  • Trevor Cahill (shoulder) placed on 10-day DL
    Padres placed RHP Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 14, with a right shoulder strain.

    Advice: There is no current timetable for his return, but one should clarify as Cahill progresses in his rehab. He had been pitching well this season prior to going down injured and held a 3.48 ERA across seven starts. With the right-hander hitting the disabled list, Jarred Cosart is a probable candidate to start in his place against the Brewers on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:10 pm
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  • Joe Blanton (shoulder) heads to disabled list
    Nationals placed RHP Joe Blanton on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Blanton last pitched on May 13 and was struggling to a 9.49 ERA in 12 1/3 innings before he was placed on the disabled list. It is unclear just when he started to feel discomfort in his right shoulder. He was dealing with mechanical issues in mid-April, but otherwise had not previously reported any issues. There is no current timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:24 pm
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  • Orioles recall Stefan Crichton from Norfolk
    Orioles recalled RHP Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The right-hander has allowed four runs on nine hits over just 3 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. He will work in a low-leverage role for the O's. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:56 pm
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  • Giants activate closer Mark Melancon from DL
    Giants activated RHP Mark Melancon from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: The club was going to hold off until Friday to give Melancon's right elbow a bit of extra rest, but the 32-year-old closer felt great after a full-intensity 22-pitch bullpen session on Monday and he will be available at the back end of the Giants' bullpen Wednesday against the Dodgers. Derek Law returns to a setup role for San Francisco. Melancon only really spent eight days on the disabled list with his mild right pronator strain. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • David Phelps could move into MIA rotation
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly hinted Wednesday that the organization is considering moving David Phelps from the bullpen into the starting rotation.

    Advice: There's a serious starting pitcher crunch on the Marlins' roster with Wei-Yin Chen fighting an elbow injury and Adam Conley and Tom Koehler both sitting at Triple-A New Orleans due to ghastly results in Miami. Mattingly said if the Marlins make Phelps a starter, they'll keep him a starter for the remainder of the year. The right-hander has been sharp over the last three weeks after struggling for a bit in early-to-mid April and makes for a worthy stash in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Phelps holds a 2.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts over his last 105 2/3 innings with Miami. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:51 am
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  • Blach limits Dodgers to one run over seven IP
    Ty Blach pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Blach coughed up a solo home run to Chris Taylor in the sixth inning, but he otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. He struck out four and walked two on the evening. Through 11 appearances (seven relief outings, four starts), Blach holds a 4.15 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Up next on the docket, a road date with the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:09 pm
  • Melancon (elbow) due back from DL on Fri.
    Mark Melancon (elbow) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: Melancon reported feeling good Tuesday after his 22-pitch bullpen session on Monday. He'll probably throw one more side session before getting official clearance to return to the Giants' bullpen. Derek Law is currently manning San Francisco's ninth-inning gig and may be worth keeping around for a bit in most fantasy leagues given the unpredictable nature of arm injuries. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:59 pm
  • Lyons to make another rehab start
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Tyler Lyons (intercostal) will make one more rehab start.

    Advice: Lyons has allowed five earned runs over 6 1/3 innings (two starts) between Low-A Peoria and Triple-A Memphis, and the Cardinals' bullpen has been excellent in May. The left-hander will return to a long relief role next week if things go well in his next appearance at Memphis. There is not a spot for him in the St. Louis rotation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:01 pm
  • Seth Lugo (elbow) ready for rehab games
    Seth Lugo (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll make a piggyback start with fellow rehabber Steven Matz (elbow). Lugo is attempting to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, which he suffered during the World Baseball Classic. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:15 pm
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  • Mark Melancon (elbow) throws bullpen session
    Mark Melancon (elbow) threw a successful 22-pitch bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: "I was going pretty much full go," Melancon said. The closer is eligible for activation from the disabled list on Tuesday, but it sounds like it will be a little longer than that before he returns. Derek Law is filling in as the Giants' closer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:53 pm
  • Melancon (elbow) could throw off mound Mon.
    Mark Melancon (elbow) could throw a bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: Melancon played catch Saturday and Sunday and is progressing nicely as he works his way back from a right pronator strain near his pitching elbow. He's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on Tuesday as the Giants had initially hoped, but a return by the end of the week would seem to be possible. Rotoworld.com May 14, 11:56 am
  • Cahill yields four runs in six innings Sat.
    Trevor Cahill surrendered four runs -- three earned -- in six innings and took a no-decision against the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up a home run to Avisail Garcia in the second inning, then allowed a run to score on a wild pitch in the fourth. The last two scored in the fifth on a series of hits. All told, Cahill allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out seven. He spent last year as a solid reliever for the Cubs, but moved to the Padres over the winter to get a chance as a starter. The move has paid off so far as he owns a 3-2 record with a 3.48 ERA in seven starts. He has a very nice 51/17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 41 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com May 13, 7:35 pm
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    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Seth Lugo goes two innings in extended spring
    Seth Lugo (elbow) logged two innings Saturday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Lugo threw 30 pitches in his two innings of work. He's made steady progress since suffering a partial UCL tear during the World Baseball Classic. The Mets are hoping to have him back early next month. Rotoworld.com May 13, 1:58 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SD
     
  • Cubs option Felix Pena to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs optioned RHP Felix Pena to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The Cubs needed to clear up a roster spot to bring up Ian Happ on Saturday and Pena was the odd-man out. The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 3.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 4/1 K/BB ratio in his five innings with the big league club. He should get another opportunity soon. Rotoworld.com May 13, 11:26 am
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