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Cubs sign Daniel Schlereth to minors deal 05-04-2015
Daniel Schlereth P BAL
Cubs signed LHP Daniel Schlereth to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Baseball America
Schlereth yielded 19 hits, 11 walks, and 13 runs in 18 innings last season for the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate. The left-hander owns a rough 4.35 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 94 career appearances at the major league level.
Reds release right-hander Chris Carpenter 05-04-2015
Chris Carpenter P BOS
Reds released RHP Chris Carpenter.

Baseball America
Carpenter had allowed 12 runs on 18 hits in 6 2/3 innings this season with Louisville. The 29-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in a major league game since the 2012 campaign and he spent all of 2014 in Japan. He might not have much of a future in MLB-affiliated ball.
Benoit (arm) throws scoreless frame in return 05-04-2015
Joaquin Benoit P SD
Joaquin Benoit (arm) threw a scoreless inning in his return to action Sunday against the Rockies. So much for that dead arm. Benoit hadn't appeared in a game since last Monday due to fatigue and there was talk this weekend that he might have to spend some time on the disabled list, but he looked plenty sharp on Sunday afternoon in earning his fifth hold of the season. The 37-year-old setup man should be a full-go moving forward.
Mesoraco (hip) retired as pinch-hitter Sun. 05-04-2015
Devin Mesoraco C CIN
Devin Mesoraco (hip) was retired as a pinch-hitter in the Reds' loss to the Braves on Sunday. Mesoraco hasn't started a game since April 11 due to a left hip impingement, but the Reds have refused to place him on the disabled list and are instead using him as a bench bat. He is 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in that role since April 12. It's a very odd situation, though Mesoraco can at least draw some starts at DH next weekend when the Reds visit the White Sox in Chicago. It's not clear when he might be able to return to catcher.
Wilhelmsen (elbow) throws 35-pitch bullpen 05-04-2015
Tom Wilhelmsen P SEA
Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon.

Tacoma News Tribune
"I threw everything," he said after the workout. "It went well." Wilhelmsen will make a simulated relief appearance on Wednesday and then likely head out on a minor league rehab assignment. The right-hander has been sidelined since April 10 with a hyperextended right elbow but should only wind up missing around a month.
J.P. Crawford (oblique) due to return from DL 05-04-2015
J.P. Crawford SS PHI
Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford (oblique) is set to return from the disabled list this week at High-A Clearwater.

Philadelphia Inquirer
"If everything goes as planned, he should be with the Clearwater club more than likely on Wednesday," director of player development Joe Jordan said Sunday. Crawford had been on the shelf since late March with a severe oblique strain. The 20-year-old shortstop was named the sport's 14th overall prospect by Baseball America this winter after batting .285/.375/.406 with 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 123 games last season between two different levels of Single-A.
Cobb (forearm) working in offspeed pitches 05-04-2015
Alex Cobb P TB
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that Alex Cobb (forearm) will work on his offspeed pitches in his next throwing session, which will be on flat ground.

Tampa Tribune
Cobb is being eased along slowly in his recovery from right forearm tendinitis and no longer seems certain to debut by the end of May. He began throwing bullpen sessions on April 22 and would typically progressing toward a rehab assignment at this point. But the Rays don't want to rush the 27-year-old right-hander, who posted a 2.87 ERA, 1.136 WHIP, and 149/47 K/BB ratio over 166 1/3 innings last season.
Franklin (oblique) ready for rehab assignment 05-04-2015
Nick Franklin SS TB
Nick Franklin (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Durham.

Tampa Tribune
Franklin had been aiming to join the Rays' roster by mid-April, but the left oblique strain he suffered at the end of spring training turned out to be rather serious. He should be starting games at second base for Tampa Bay by next week and the talented 24-year-old carries some fringe fantasy potential in deeper mixed leagues.
McGee (elbow) set for third rehab appearance 05-04-2015
Jake McGee P TB
Jake McGee (elbow) is set to make his third rehab appearance Tuesday with Triple-A Durham.

Tampa Tribune
McGee has logged two scoreless appearances so far for Durham, but he did walk two batters in his latest outing. Rays manager Kevin Cash said this weekend that McGee will have to work multiple innings and on back-to-back days before the team considers activating him, so it could be another week or longer before we see the left-hander in the bigs. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season but needed elbow surgery in December. He should be saving games for Tampa Bay by mid-to-late May.
Matt Moore (elbow) faced live hitters Sunday 05-04-2015
Matt Moore P TB
Matt Moore (elbow) threw 26 pitches of live batting practice Sunday morning at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Tribune
It was his first time facing live hitters since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow last April. "It felt really good to be back out there," said Moore, who is hoping to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery by the end of June. The 25-year-old boasts a 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 in 347 career major league innings.
Brewers name Craig Counsell as new manager 05-04-2015
Craig Counsell SS MLW
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have hired Craig Counsell as manager.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
This isn't an interim thing, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today -- Counsell will be given a multi-year contract and is being viewed as a long-term replacement for the recently-canned Ron Roenicke. Milwaukee is off to a horrible start this season and there aren't many prospects on the farm, but there is plenty of high-level talent on the major league roster. Counsell, who attended Notre Dame before embarking on a 16-year major league career, will try to lead a quick turnaround. He has zero managerial experience.
Gardner homers, plates three to lead Yankees 05-04-2015
Brett Gardner LF NYY
Brett Gardner went 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBI, powering the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday. Gardner also scored a pair of runs and swiped two bases in the impressive evening. His three-run shot off Craig Breslow in the sixth inning put the Bombers ahead 8-0 at the time and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Gardner has been very impressive in the early going, slashing .320/.400/.453 with two homers, 13 RBI and eight swipes.
Ellsbury reaches six times as Yankees win 05-04-2015
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 and drew a pair of walks, reaching base safely in all six of his plate appearances as the Yankees topped the Red Sox on Sunday night. All four of Ellsbury's hits on the evening were singles, and he also scored a pair of runs in the contest. He's off to a terrific start at the plate in 2015, slashing .351/.432/.402 with a homer, three RBI and nine stolen bases.
Andrew Miller slams door on Red Sox Sunday 05-04-2015
Andrew Miller P NYY
Andrew Miller worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Red Sox on Sunday, protecting a three-run advantage and picking up his 10th save of the season. It wasn't as easy as most of the hard-throwing southpaw's save chances have been this year, as a pair of walks put the tying run at the plate in the form of David Ortiz, but Miller was able to escape unscathed. He still has yet to allow a run in 13 1/3 innings on the season and sports a dazzling 23/6 K/BB ratio.
Adam Warren struggles, still defeats Red Sox 05-04-2015
Adam Warren P NYY
Adam Warren picked up his second victory of the season on Sunday despite allowing four runs on four hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work. Warren fanned two and walked two on the evening. After being staked to an early lead, Warren cruised through four innings unscathed before running into a buzzsaw in the sixth. Two of the four runs charged to him scored on a Mike Napoli home run after he left the game. Warren will bring a 4.78 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Orioles on Friday.
Mike Napoli launches three-run homer in loss 05-04-2015
Mike Napoli 1B BOS
Mike Napoli launched a three-run homer in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday night. His towering drive off Esmil Rogers capped a three-run Red Sox uprising in the sixth inning, pulling them to within three at 8-5, though that would be as close as the score would get. Napoli finished the night 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. He has been in quite the funk offensively through the first month-plus of the season, hitting .167/.278/.295 with two homers and seven RBI.
Joe Kelly hit hard in loss to Yankees Sunday 05-04-2015
Joe Kelly P BOS
Joe Kelly was hit hard in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday, surrendering five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 frames. Kelly struck out three and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. The Yankees got to him early, with Mark Teixeira blasting a two-run homer in the first inning. They would tack on another three runs in the third to jump out to a commanding lead. Kelly has struggled during his time in the Red Sox rotation, compiling a 5.72 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 31/8 K/BB ratio over 28 1/3 innings. He'll look to right the ship when he does battle against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday.