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Papelbon earns 13th save against Cardinals 05-26-2016
Jonathan Papelbon P WAS
Jonathan Papelbon worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Cardinals to earn his 13th save. Papelbon needed just eight pitches to dispatch the middle of the Cardinals order, retiring Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Brandon Moss to finish the deal. The right-hander now has 13 saves in 15 chances, not having blown a save opportunity since May 3. Papelbon has posted a 2.89 ERA in 19 appearances to date.
Solo homers doom Leake in loss to Nationals 05-26-2016
Mike Leake P STL
Mike Leake allowed two solo home runs over seven innings Thursday, taking the loss against the Nationals. Leake gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing, with solo home runs by Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa doing the only damage. Unfortunately for Leake, it was enough, sending him to his first loss in the month of May. It was still another quality start for the right-hander, who has now rattled off four in a row after a poor start to the year. Leake owns a 3.90 ERA and 1.16 WHIP heading into Tuesday's start at the Brewers.
Ross goes seven strong in win over Cardinals 05-26-2016
Joe Ross P WAS
Joe Ross allowed one run over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday. Ross gave up a solo home run to Aledmys Diaz among his six hits allowed, but he otherwise kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Ross walked just one while striking out four. The win snapped a four-start losing streak, bringing him to an even 4-4 in nine starts. Ross will carry a 2.52 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41/16 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at the Phillies.
Archie Bradley to replace Shelby Miller? 05-26-2016
Archie Bradley P ARZ
Archie Bradley did not make his scheduled start Thursday for Triple-A Reno.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Zack Godley got the start in his place. It looks like Bradley will make his next start in the major leagues. There's a good chance this has something to do with Shelby Miller, who has struggled all year while dealing with finger discomfort. Miller was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Padres. Bradley has dominated in the minors this year with five wins and a 1.99 ERA. He hasn't been as successful in the majors, collecting a 7.84 ERA in two spot starts for the Diamondbacks.
Matt Adams leaves with mid-back stiffness 05-26-2016
Matt Adams 1B STL
Matt Adams left Thursday's game against the Nationals with mid-back stiffness.

Derrick Goold on Twitter
He went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting in the fifth inning. Brandon Moss, who began the game in left field, has moved to first base. Randal Grichuk came into play center field with Jeremy Hazelbaker moving from center to left. Adams will be reevaluated on Friday. Consider him day-to-day.
Yankees pull the plug on Slade Heathcott 05-26-2016
Slade Heathcott RF NYY
Yankees released OF Slade Heathcott.

Andrew Marchand on Twitter
That frees up a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster. Heathcott hit just .230 in 23 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and wasn't getting the call to New York anytime soon. He'll serve as minor league depth wherever he ends up.
Urias to split time between pen and rotation 05-26-2016
Julio Urias P LAD
Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman expects Julio Urias to balance time between the bullpen and the starting rotation this year.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Urias is a future top-of-the-rotation starter but the Dodgers understandably want to limit his workload in year one. "Julio is an extremely talented pitching prospect whose talent is a little bit ahead of his development," said Friedman. The Dodgers haven't decided if Urias will stick around after Friday's start against the Mets. Urias is starting in place of Alex Wood, who was scratched with forearm tightness.
Bryan Morris (back) might need surgery 05-26-2016
Bryan Morris P MIA
Bryan Morris (back) acknowledged he might need surgery.

marlins.com
In fact, Morris went as far as to say that "surgery is the only option that can fix what is the issue." Manager Don Mattingly agreed that Morris' lumbar disc herniation probably isn't a "15-day thing." All signs are pointing to an extended absence for the 29-year-old.
Matt Boyd likely to start Saturday in Oakland 05-26-2016
Matt Boyd P DET
Matt Boyd was scratched from his scheduled outing Thursday for Triple-A Toledo.

Detroit Free Press
It looks like he's headed to Oakland to start Saturday against the Athletics. The Tigers need someone to fill in for Jordan Zimmermann, who is out with a groin injury. Boyd made one appearance for the Tigers earlier this season, scattering two hits over 4 2/3 shutout innings against Cleveland on April 24. He's registered a 2.06 ERA in eight starts for Toledo this year.
Drew VerHagen out with undisclosed injury 05-26-2016
Drew VerHagen P DET
Drew VerHagen returned to Detroit for an MRI on Thursday.

Detroit Free Press
Triple-A Toledo placed him on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. VerHagen has a history of back issues, having missed most of the 2014 campaign with a stress fracture. We should know more on his status Friday. VerHagen was sent to the minors Sunday after posting a 7.11 ERA in his first 19 outings for Detroit.
J.A. Happ shuts down Yankees in win 05-26-2016
J.A. Happ P TOR
J.A. Happ allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings Thursday in a victory over the Yankees. We could call this a renaissance for Happ, but that would suggest he was ever very good in the first place. He's 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA so far this year. His 42/20 K/BB ratio through 64 2/3 innings isn't particularly impressive, but he's getting a few more grounders and doing a better job of avoiding the home run ball than he used to.
CC Sabathia gives up no earned runs in start 05-26-2016
CC Sabathia P NYY
CC Sabathia held the Blue Jays to a pair of unearned runs over seven innings in a loss Thursday. Sabathia certainly pitched well enough to win -- he allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven -- but run support was a problem today. Sabathia has allowed just one earned run over 20 innings in three starts this month. That's a whole lot better than in April, when he had a 5.06 ERA that could have been considerably worse if not for some early hooks (he pitched 21 1/3 innings in his four starts that month).
Alex Rodriguez goes 0-for-4 in return 05-26-2016
Alex Rodriguez DH NYY
Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against the Blue Jays in his return from the disabled list Thursday. The Yankees had just four hits on the day, so A-Rod wasn't the only one to have a bad game. Still, one wonders if he might fade into a part-time role if he doesn't hit soon. The Yankees might be better off with Carlos Beltran DHing and Aaron Hicks in the outfield.
White/Sox Royals rained out on Thursday 05-26-2016
Danny Duffy P KC
Thursday's game between the White Sox and Royals has been postponed due to rain.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
No makeup date has been announced. Danny Duffy and Miguel Gonzalez had been the scheduled starters. They'll start Friday's game instead. That's a huge break for Kansas City as Chris Sale's start has been pushed back to Monday against the Mets.
Sonny Gray (shoulder) played catch Thursday 05-26-2016
Sonny Gray P OAK
Sonny Gray (shoulder) played catch on Thursday.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
It's the first time he's done that since going on the disabled list with a strained trapezius. Gray hasn't looked right all year. In nine starts, he holds a 6.19 ERA to go with an equally embarrassing 1.65 WHIP. Gray is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 6, though he might need more time.
C.J. Riefenhauser outrighted to Iowa 05-26-2016
C.J. Riefenhauser P CHC
Cubs outrighted LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A Iowa.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. The Cubs' 40-man roster is now down to 37. The 26-year-old owns a 7.30 ERA over 15 outings for Iowa this year.
Carpenter (paternity) expected to return Saturday 05-26-2016
Matt Carpenter 3B STL
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Matt Carpenter (paternity leave) will be back by Saturday.

Jim Hayes on Twitter
Carpenter left the team Wednesday after his wife went into labor. At most, he'll miss two more games. Greg Garcia was called up to take his place on the active roster.
Yost says Chris Young close to being activated 05-26-2016
Chris Young P KC
Royals manager Ned Yost said Chris Young (forearm) looked "fantastic" in Thursday's simulated game.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
Young was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm earlier this month but has made a quick recovery and should return to the Royals' rotation in relatively short order. The right-hander pitched surprisingly well during Kansas City's postseason run last year but has struggled to a 6.88 ERA over seven starts in 2016.
Morales out with sprained middle finger 05-26-2016
Kendrys Morales DH KC
Kendrys Morales will miss 3-4 days with a sprained right middle finger.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
Morales wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota and now we know why. Brett Eibner will fill in at DH Thursday against the White Sox. Morales hasn't found his stroke yet this year. So far, he's hitting just .187 with five homers in 45 appearances. Maybe the time off will do him some good.
Yost confirms Mike Moustakas is out for the year 05-26-2016
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Mike Moustakas will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
Moustakas is getting a second opinion but Yost isn't optimistic. "To lose two All-Stars on one play is kind of tough," said Yost. "But you just deal with it." Moustakas should be ready for the start of spring training next year. With Moustakas done for the season and Alex Gordon sidelined with a broken wrist, Kansas City's bid for a third consecutive AL pennant isn't off to a great start.
Braves recall Withrow from Triple-A Gwinnett 05-26-2016
Chris Withrow P ATL
Braves recalled RHP Chris Withrow from Triple-A Gwinnett.

David O'Brien on Twitter
He'll be taking Casey Kelly's spot on the active roster. Withrow has been lights out in the minors, allowing just one unearned run over 8 1/3 innings for Gwinnett. He produced a respectable 3.86 ERA over 10 appearances for the Braves earlier this year.
Casey Kelly returns to Triple-A Gwinnett 05-26-2016
Casey Kelly P ATL
Braves optioned RHP Casey Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Kelly drew the start against Philadelphia on Sunday before logging four innings in a relief appearance Wednesday versus the Brewers. The 26-year-old will do plenty of traveling between Atlanta and Gwinnett this year. Chris Withrow was called up to take his roster spot.
Hector Olivera accepts 82-game suspension 05-26-2016
Hector Olivera LF ATL
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports MLB has suspended Hector Olivera 82 games for his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident last month.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Olivera will not appeal the suspension, which was made retroactive to April 30. He'll be eligible for reinstatement on August 1. The Braves put Olivera on administrative leave after he was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on April 13. The team tried to trade him after the incident but couldn't find any takers. The 31-year-old has hit .245 with two homers and 13 RBI across 30 big league appearances.
Jurickson Profar to fill in for Rougned Odor 05-26-2016
Jurickson Profar 2B TEX
The Rangers will call up Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

TR Sullivan on Twitter
That's when Rougned Odor will begin serving his seven-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista in the face. Profar is a shortstop by trade but will handle second base in Odor's absence. The 23-year-old hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013. Profar could boost his trade value with a strong showing over the next week. He's played reasonably well for Round Rock this year, hitting .284 with five homers and four steals. The Rangers haven't announced who will go down in the corresponding roster move.
Odor's suspension reduced to seven games 05-26-2016
Rougned Odor 2B TEX
Rougned Odor's suspension has been reduced from eight games to seven.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
His appeal was heard by the league on Tuesday. Odor will begin serving his ban on Friday. Jurickson Profar is expected to take his place on the active roster. This is probably as good a result as Odor could have hoped for. Some thought Odor actually got off easy after slugging Jose Bautista in a game last week. He's eligible to return June 4 against Seattle.
Hanigan (illness, neck) not starting Thursday 05-26-2016
Ryan Hanigan C BOS
Ryan Hanigan (illness, neck) is not in the Red Sox's lineup Thursday against the Rockies.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
He left Wednesday's game with an illness and is also battling a neck injury. Christian Vazquez will draw another start behind the plate. Blake Swihart, who is starting in left field, will fill in if Vazquez leaves early.
David Goforth called up in place of Capuano 05-26-2016
David Goforth P MLW
Brewers recalled RHP David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He's taking over for Chris Capuano, who was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Goforth spent a couple weeks in the majors earlier this year, logging a 7.20 ERA over four outings. He's pitched to a 3.93 ERA in 13 appearances for Colorado Springs.
Capuano (elbow soreness) placed on DL 05-26-2016
Chris Capuano P MLW
Brewers placed LHP Chris Capuano on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow soreness.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Capuano must have hurt himself in Wednesday's outing against Atlanta. A starter for most of his career, the veteran has spent most of his last two seasons working in middle relief. Capuano has already undergone two Tommy John surgeries so his elbow issues are well-documented. David Goforth will take his place on the active roster.
Wieters starting third straight game at catcher 05-26-2016
Matt Wieters C BAL
Matt Wieters will start at catcher Thursday against the Astros.

Rich Dubroff on Twitter
That's only significant because it's his third consecutive start behind the plate. Wieters hasn't started three games in a row at catcher since April of 2014. That means Wieters is almost certain to get the night off Friday against Cleveland. Caleb Joseph would start in his place.
O's cut the cord on RHP Eric Fornataro 05-26-2016
Eric Fornataro P WAS
Orioles released RHP Eric Fornataro.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
He signed a minor league deal with Baltimore in April but only stuck for about six weeks. Fornataro posted an ugly 8.10 ERA in 10 appearances for Double-A Bowie before getting axed. The 28-year-old made eight appearances for the Cardinals in 2014 but hasn't been to the majors since.
Jung Ho Kang goes 3-for-5 in Pirates' win 05-26-2016
Jung-Ho Kang 3B PIT
Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday. It's Kang's first three-hit game since he came off the disabled list three weeks ago. He's been dealing with a little hand injury, which is why today's start was just his second in five days. He's hitting .298 with five homers and 15 RBI in 47 at-bats.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting leadoff on Thursday 05-26-2016
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF BOS
Jackie Bradley Jr. will hit leadoff for the Red Sox Thursday against the Rockies.

Michael Silverman on Twitter
Don't get too excited. Manager John Farrell said he plans to move Bradley down in the order when Mookie Betts returns to the lineup on Friday. JBJ hasn't hit leadoff since his rookie year in 2013. The current AL batting average leader has spent most of the year hitting ninth, which speaks volumes about the Red Sox's lineup.
Gerrit Cole solid for five in no-decision 05-26-2016
Gerrit Cole P PIT
Despite allowing just an unearned run over five innings and hitting a three-run homer, Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision in Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks. That's because A.J. Schugel gave up two runs in the sixth, tying the game at 3-3. Cole could have pitched that inning himself if he hadn't been so inefficient on the mound; he walked three and threw 105 pitches to get his 15 outs. He did have a great day at the plate, though. Not only did he collect his second big-league homer, but he doubled in his other at-bat.
Patrick Corbin gives up five runs to Pirates 05-26-2016
Patrick Corbin P ARZ
Patrick Corbin fell to 2-4 after giving up five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Thursday against the Pirates. Corbin's big mistake was the pitch on which Gerrit Cole hit a three-run homer. Had Cole bunted in that situation, as a lot of pitchers would have, Corbin's day could have turned out a whole lot better. As is, it was another less-than-stellar outing from the disappointing left-hander. He's not worth playing in mixed leagues with the Astros and Cubs next up on the schedule.
Jean Segura goes 2-for-5, scores twice 05-26-2016
Jean Segura 2B ARZ
Jean Segura went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Thursday against the Pirates. Segura's OPS has declined steadily since his outstanding first week of the season, but even so, he's remained a solid leadoff hitter for the Diamondbacks. He's hit .299 with a .330 OBP in May after coming in at .333 with a .362 OBP in April. Of course, as rarely as he walks, he needs to keep his average up around .300 to be useful at the top of the order.
Jose Fernandez strikes out 12 in victory 05-26-2016
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings of one-run ball and struck out 12 in defeating the Rays on Thursday. Fernandez isn't going toe-to-toe with Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta in the ERA department, but when it comes to strikeouts, no one is matching him. He has fanned 43 batters in his last four starts and 90 batters in 60 2/3 innings for the year.
Drew Smyly gives up five runs to Marlins 05-26-2016
Drew Smyly P TB
Drew Smyly yielded five runs in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins. Smyly had a 2.60 ERA and a 41/6 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings during April. In May, he has a 5.59 ERA and a 26/9 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. We still feel pretty good about him as a mixed-league option, though. He'll face the Royals in Kansas City next time out.
Adeiny Hechavarria hits third home run 05-26-2016
Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA
Making his first start of the year in the leadoff spot, Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Rays on Thursday. Ichiro Suzuki was out of the lineup today, and manager Don Mattingly thought Hechevarria was a better choice than Derek Dietrich to lead off against a lefty. It worked out nicely, but even after today, Hechavarria has just a .285 OBP for the season. He'll likely continue to bat eighth for the most part.
Moustakas lands on DL with right ACL tear 05-26-2016
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Royals placed 3B Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with an ACL tear in his right knee.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
The move is retroactive to May 23. It's a tough break for Moustakas, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday after missing two weeks with a fractured thumb. Moustakas injured his knee in a collision with Alex Gordon in only his second game back and now faces another extended absence. This injury could be a season-ender. The 27-year-old has hit only .240 this year with seven homers in 27 games. The Royals called up Brett Eibner from Triple-A Omaha in the corresponding roster move.
Chris Johnson knocks in three against Rays 05-26-2016
Chris Johnson 3B MIA
Chris Johnson had a two-run homer and an RBI single against the Rays on Thursday. The homer was his second of the year. Johnson is hitting .226 with six RBI in 61 at-bats while primarily starting against left-handers this year. He needs to pick it up to be of use in that role.
Steven Souza strikes out three times 05-26-2016
Steven Souza Jr. RF TB
Steven Souza struck out all three times he was up before being removed for a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Marlins. Souza is hitting a respectable .259 with four homers this month, but he's now struck out a whopping 32 times in 22 games. It going to be nearly impossible for him to maintain his current .268 average if he keeps whiffing at this rate.
Matt Holliday not in Cardinals lineup Thurs. 05-26-2016
Matt Holliday LF STL
Matt Holliday is getting the night off Thursday.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Brandon Moss will play left field and bat fifth as the Cardinals stack left-handed bats against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. Holliday is available off the bench.
Grichuk out of Cardinals' lineup on Thursday 05-26-2016
Randal Grichuk CF STL
Randal Grichuk is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Nationals.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Grichuk registered his third straight multi-hit game on Wednesday, homering and singling in a loss to the Cubs, but the Cardinals will go lefty-heavy on Thursday versus Washington righty Joe Ross. Jeremy Hazelbaker is starting in center field and batting leadoff.
Reds outright Steve Delabar to AAA level 05-26-2016
Steve Delabar P CIN
Reds sent RHP Steve Delabar outright to Triple-A Louisville. Delabar was pushed off the 40-man roster on May 21 and had option of electing free agency, but he will instead stay with the Reds as organizational relief depth. The right-hander should get another shot at some point this summer if he can find a groove at the Triple-A level. Delabar had a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and 10/10 K/BB ratio in eight innings with Cincinnati prior to the DFA.
Chasen Shreve has sprained left AC joint 05-26-2016
Chasen Shreve P NYY
Chasen Shreve has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.

Sweeny Murti on Twitter
Shreve apparently suffered the injury Wednesday while giving up three runs on two homers and a single as the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays. He's already been placed on the 15-day disabled list. It's probably going to be a lengthy absence for the lefty reliever.
Angels sign Erik Kratz to minors contract 05-26-2016
Erik Kratz C HOU
Angels signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

Matt Eddy on Twitter
Kratz was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 16 and subsequently released. The veteran catcher is a .210/.261/.381 career hitter at the big league level. He will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) in lineup Thursday 05-26-2016
Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday against the Rockies.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
Just as he pledged late Wednesday night, after making an early exit with cramping in his right hamstring. Pedroia is batting second for the Red Sox on Thursday night against Colorado right-hander Jon Gray. Jackie Bradley Jr. will take a spin at leadoff with Mookie Betts getting a breather.
Mookie Betts getting rare night off Thursday 05-26-2016
Mookie Betts RF BOS
Mookie Betts will take a night off Thursday.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
It's his first absence in 88 games dating back to last season. Chris Young will start in right field and Blake Swihart is in left field Thursday versus the Rockies.
Dodgers option Luis Avilan to AAA OKC 05-26-2016
Luis Avilan P LAD
Dodgers optioned LHP Luis Avilan to Triple-A Oklahoma City. This move clears a roster spot for top pitching prospect Julio Urias, who is scheduled to make his major league debut on Friday night at Citi Field. Avilan has allowed three earned runs in one inning (four appearances) this season out of the Los Angeles bullpen.
Daniel Murphy getting night off vs. Cardinals 05-26-2016
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS
Daniel Murphy is getting the night off Thursday.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
Stephen Drew will start at second base in the Nationals' series opener against the visiting Cardinals. Murphy went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Mets and is batting .394/.426/.617 in 46 games this year.
Bautista (suspension) in Jays' lineup Thurs. 05-26-2016
Jose Bautista RF TOR
Jose Bautista (suspension) is in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday versus the Yankees.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
Bautista had his one-game suspension appeal hearing Thursday morning in New York City, but a ruling probably won't come for another couple days. He is batting leadoff Thursday afternoon against CC Sabathia.
Mark Teixeira (neck) receives cortisone shot 05-26-2016
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Mark Teixeira received a cortisone injection for his sore neck on Thursday.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
He's expected to miss the next three days, including Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Blue Jays. Teixeira began experiencing renewed discomfort in his neck on Wednesday, but an MRI ruled out anything serious. He should back in action Sunday.
Ellsbury not in Yankees' lineup Thursday 05-26-2016
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' starting lineup on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Yankees PR on Twitter
Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat second with Toronto throwing left-hander J.A. Happ. Ellsbury went 0-for-5 on Wednesday and has a relatively underwhelming .271/.338/.429 batting line for the year.
Tulo (quad) out of Jays' lineup again Thurs. 05-26-2016
Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup again on Thursday.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
Tulo is feeling better, per manager John Gibbons, but the parties involved felt it wise to get the veteran shortstop one more day of rest. Darwin Barney is starting at short Thursday afternoon against the Yankees.
Yankees option Chasen Shreve to AAA 05-26-2016
Chasen Shreve P NYY
Yankees optioned LHP Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Shreve surrendered three runs on two homers and a single Wednesday in the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays, watching his season ERA rise from 4.00 to 5.21. Richard Bleier is taking over the vacant bullpen spot.
Yankees option Rob Refsnyder to AAA 05-26-2016
Rob Refsnyder 2B NYY
Yankees optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Refsnyder had a two-run double in three at-bats during his short stay at the major league level. The 25-year-old could take on some fantasy value later this summer if injuries open a regular job for him, but he's not worth stashing in standard leagues.
Yankees activate A-Rod (hamstring) from DL 05-26-2016
Alex Rodriguez DH NYY
Yankees activated DH Alex Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list. A-Rod is at DH and batting fifth Thursday against the Blue Jays after missing the last three weeks with a strained hamstring. He went 3-for-6 with a home run and three RBI on his two-game rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton, but the 40-year-old returns Thursday to a rough .194/.275/.444 batting line. He offers a bit of power but not much more in what is technically his age-41 season.
Cardinals recall Greg Garcia from AAA level 05-26-2016
Greg Garcia 2B STL
Cardinals recalled INF Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis. Garcia will give the Cardinals infield depth while Matt Carpenter spends the weekend away on paternity leave. Garcia has a cool .811 career OPS in the major leagues and he's 6-for-10 with St. Louis in 2016, but the 26-year-old isn't going to play enough to carry fantasy relevance.
Matt Carpenter placed on paternity leave list 05-26-2016
Matt Carpenter 3B STL
Cardinals placed 3B Matt Carpenter on the paternity leave list. Carpenter's wife went into labor with the couple's first child ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. He could miss the Cardinals' entire four-game series in Washington, D.C. Greg Garcia was called up Thursday in a corresponding roster move to provide infield depth.
Forsythe (shoulder) is aiming for June 10-19 05-26-2016
Logan Forsythe 2B TB
Logan Forsythe (shoulder) took grounders Wednesday.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
It's a nice first step for the rehabbing second baseman, who's been on the disabled list since May 14 with a fracture in his left shoulder blade. Forsythe told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he's aiming to return during the Rays' next homestand (June 10-19). He was mashing at a .308/.398/.523 clip with four home runs and 12 RBI in 29 games before the injury.
Shelby Miller has discomfort in right finger 05-26-2016
Shelby Miller P ARZ
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Shelby Miller is dealing with discomfort in a finger on his right hand.

Steve Gilbert on Twitter
Miller jammed the finger against the pitching mound in San Diego during a start at Petco Park back in April. He's still scheduled to take his next turn Sunday at home against the Padres, but a disabled list stint may be coming (whether he actually needs it or not) if things go poorly in that outing. Miller has a hideous 7.09 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and 30/29 K/BB ratio through his first 45 2/3 innings with Arizona.
Marlins recall Nick Wittgren from AAA level 05-26-2016
Nick Wittgren P MIA
Marlins recalled RHP Nick Wittgren from Triple-A New Orleans. Wittgren will give the Fish some much-needed bullpen depth while setup man Bryan Morris recovers from a herniated disc in his back. Wittgren has allowed five hits, four walks, and two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings this season at the major league level.
Marlins place Bryan Morris (back) on DL 05-26-2016
Bryan Morris P MIA
Marlins placed RHP Bryan Morris on the 15-day disabled list with a lumbar disc herniation. Nick Wittgren has been called up from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding roster move. Morris also dealt with back problems in 2015 and doesn't carry an exact recovery timetable. It could be a while. He had registered a 3.06 ERA through 17 2/3 innings this year out of the Miami bullpen.
Christian Yelich (back) remains out Thursday 05-26-2016
Christian Yelich LF MIA
Christian Yelich (back) is out again Thursday.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
This will be the fifth game in a row that Yelich has missed with what the Marlins originally labeled back spasms. It's probably something a little more serious than that. Derek Dietrich is starting in left field in a very patchwork lineup for the Fish on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.
Stanton (side) out again Thursday vs. Rays 05-26-2016
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Giancarlo Stanton (side) is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday versus the Rays.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
Stanton also sat out Wednesday after complaining of soreness in his right side. He has been struggling offensively since a collision with teammate Marcell Ozuna on May 15 in Washington, D.C. All of this seems related.
Alex Wood (triceps) scratched Friday vs. NYM 05-26-2016
Alex Wood P LAD
Alex Wood has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Mets due to triceps tightness.

Eric Stephen on Twitter
Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias is going to get the call from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill in. Wood hopes to jump back into the rotation for Monday's series opener at Wrigley Field. He was terrific on his last turn, racking up 13 strikeouts last Sunday against the Padres.
Urias will make MLB debut Friday at Mets 05-26-2016
Julio Urias P LAD
Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias will make his major league debut Friday against the Mets.

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Here we go. Urias has been regarded as one of the top young pitching talents in baseball since age 16 and he will debut Friday night at Citi Field at the age of 19. The left-hander was sporting a dominant 1.10 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio through 41 innings this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll be filling in Friday for Alex Wood, who has been scratched due to left triceps tightness. It's not clear what the plan is beyond Friday's game.
Welington Castillo getting day off Thursday 05-26-2016
Welington Castillo C ARZ
Welington Castillo will get a day of rest Thursday.

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Chris Herrmann is starting at catcher and batting sixth in the matinee versus Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. Castillo should return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Padres. He has an .810 OPS, seven home runs, and 20 RBI in 36 games this season.
Segura (head) in Diamondbacks lineup Thurs. 05-26-2016
Jean Segura 2B ARZ
Jean Segura (head) is in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

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Segura was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh and tested for a concussion Tuesday after getting plunked on the side of the batting helmet by a 96 mph Arquimedes Caminero fastball. He somehow managed to avoid a serious injury and will bat leadoff in his return to action Thursday afternoon versus Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Cervelli back in Pirates' lineup on Thursday 05-26-2016
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Francisco Cervelli is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.

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Cervelli is in the middle of an ugly offensive slump and was granted back-to-back days of mental and physical rest Tuesday and Wednesday. He will start behind the plate and bat sixth in his return to action Thursday afternoon against Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin. It's a 12:35 p.m. EDT start at PNC Park.
Asdrubal Cabrera (back) hopes to play Friday 05-26-2016
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Asdrubal Cabrera (back) hopes to return for Friday's series opener versus the Dodgers.

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Cabrera made an early exit from Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals after experiencing back spasms. "All of a sudden, it locked up on him downstairs as he was stretching," Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday night. "He says he feels fine and will be ready for Friday. I hope he is." Cabrera is batting .283/.335/.392 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games this season for New York.
Aaron Blair expected to return Saturday 05-26-2016
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Aaron Blair is expected to return to the majors to start Saturday against the Marlins.

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He would appear to be the best option at this point for the rebuilding Braves. Blair got lit up for nine runs over just 1 1/3 innings in his last start at the big league level and isn't worth the gamble in a standard mixed or NL-only fantasy league. The 24-year-old right-hander does have some long-term upside (look at his 1.64 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings this season at Triple-A).
Buxton homers in three-hit night at AAA 05-26-2016
Byron Buxton CF MIN
Byron Buxton homered as part of a three-hit night on Wednesday at Triple-A Rochester.

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Buxton has 17 hits over his last 10 games at the Triple-A level and is now batting .333/.394/.576 with five home runs and four stolen bases in 24 games since his late-April demotion. The dynamic center field prospect should be back in the majors within the next couple of weeks and seems poised for much better results in what will be his third cup of coffee. Buxton opened the 2016 season with a brutal .156/.208/.289 batting line in 49 plate appearances for Minnesota.
Leonys Martin (hammy) only out a few days 05-26-2016
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Leonys Martin (hamstring) only expects to miss a couple of games.

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Martin was lifted from Wednesday's defeat of the Athletics after tweaking his left hamstring while running the bases in the bottom of the third inning. "They decided to take me out of the game to be smart," the hot-hitting center fielder said late Wednesday. "But I hope to be back in a few days. We've got a day off tomorrow and we'll see. This is the first time I've had this happen, but it'll be all right."
Adam Lind homers twice, knocks in six 05-26-2016
Adam Lind 1B SEA
Adam Lind went 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI to help propel the Mariners past the A's 13-3 on Wednesday. Between his steady track record and the Mariners' fine start, Lind hasn't lost playing time to Dae Ho Lee at first base. He really should consider himself lucky, given that he entered the night with a .216/.246/.319 line. Of course, even if Lee does seem capable, Lind was always the better bet as a starter against righties. He should be solid from here on out.
Hisashi Iwakuma goes seven innings in win 05-26-2016
Hisashi Iwakuma P SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma surrendered three runs over seven innings Wednesday versus the A's. Iwakuma beat the A's for the second time this month to run his record to 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA. He has an even tastier matchup with a start against the Padres due up next.
Zach Neal gets lit up by Mariners 05-26-2016
Zach Neal P OAK
Making his first major league start, Zach Neal was pounded for seven runs in four innings by the Mariners on Wednesday. Neal is a solid Triple-A pitcher, but that's probably all he is. He's probably going to be sent back to Nashville now.
Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in victory 05-26-2016
Scott Kazmir P LAD
Scott Kazmir held the Reds to one run in six innings and struck out 12 as the Dodgers beat the Reds 3-1 on Wednesday. It doesn't mean that Kazmir's back, but it's a good sign. The only run to score against him came on a triple (near inside-the-park homer) from Jay Bruce that could have been caught by Joc Pederson. Kazmir went without allowing a homer for the first time in five starts this month. He's 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA.
Dan Straily strikes out 11 Dodgers 05-26-2016
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Dan Straily fanned 11 while allowing three runs and three hits over seven innings Wednesday against the Dodgers. Straily allowed just five batters to reach base safely in his seven innings. Unfortunately, four of those came in the same inning, leading to two runs, and the other was a homer an inning later. Straily has been a very good starter for the Reds to date, but since he's in such a bad situation in Cincinnati, there's no recommending him in mixed leagues.
Yasmani Grandal hits fourth homer 05-26-2016
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Yasmani Grandal hit his fourth homer Wednesday against the Reds. Grandal had been in a 2-for-33 slump while dealing with his frequent off days and a recent minor ankle injury. He's been awfully slump-prone throughout his career, partly due to playing through physical issues, but he can also look like an elite catcher at times.
Eugenio Suarez strikes out three times 05-26-2016
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Eugenio Suarez struck out all three times he was up Wednesday in the loss to the Dodgers. Suarez was doing just fine as the Reds' No. 2 hitter last month, but coincidence or not, he's struggled ever since he was dropped in the order. He'll pick it up again eventually, but he's not in a great situation while hitting sixth or seventh for a bad Reds team.
Torres picks up surprise save in extras 05-26-2016
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Carlos Torres got the surprise save by pitching a perfect 13th inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Braves. Torres breezed through a 1-2-3 inning to secure his first save since 2014. He's been a workhorse for the Brewers' bullpen, as he's already covered 23 1/3 innings and has a respectable 3.47 ERA with 22 strikeouts.
C.J. Wilson (shoulder) pitches well in High-A 05-26-2016
C.J. Wilson P LAA
C.J. Wilson (shoulder) threw four-plus innings of one-run ball Wednesday in his minor league rehab debut with High-A Inland Empire.

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Wilson needed just 56 pitches to make it into the top of the fifth inning, when he was yanked after yielding a leadoff single. The veteran left-hander whiffed four batters and issued zero walks. He'll try to replicate those results in his second minor league rehab start next week with an eye on rejoining the Angels' rotation by mid-June. Wilson has been on the disabled list all season with left shoulder trouble.
Beckham homers in pinch-hit appearance 05-26-2016
Gordon Beckham 2B ATL
Gordon Beckham pinch hit in the sixth inning and clobbered a two-run homer that temporarily put the Braves on top of the Brewers on Wednesday. Beckham picked up another base hit later in the game, but all of his damage came on a two-run shot off lefty Chris Capuano in the sixth. He's now hitting .310/.402/.451 and is proof that almost any big leaguer can be productive in small samples, if utilized correctly. He just doesn't currently see enough playing time to matter in standard fantasy formats.
Villar knocks in a pair in win 05-26-2016
Jonathan Villar SS MLW
Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a walk in Wednesday's extra-inning affair with the Braves. Villar collected his 14th double of the year and is now hitting .290/.386/.395 on the year. He'll make questionable decisions at times -- such as getting thrown out at third base with nobody out, which he did on Wednesday -- but the 25-year-old has done far more good than bad in 2015. He now has 15 RBI to match his 15 stolen bases.
Foltynewicz fans seven in strong outing 05-26-2016
Michael Foltynewicz P ATL
Mike Foltynewicz fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Wednesday night's extra-inning loss to the Brewers. Although Foltynewicz walked four, he largely overpowered the Brewers with a fastball that sat 96-97 mph in the sixth inning and a slider that regularly threatened 90 mph. That resulted in seven strikeouts. He's still more of a thrower than a pitcher, so when the Brewers forced him to throw strikes with his breaking ball, he issued a quartet of walks. Still, the right-hander is showing some promise, and the Braves can afford to be patient, as he is just 24 years old, after all. Folty now owns a 3.95 ERA in 27 1/3 innings this year. He'll next get the Giants at home.
Guerra throws five scoreless in no-decision 05-26-2016
Junior Guerra P MLW
Junior Guerra struck out six and walked four over five scoreless frames against the Braves on Wednesday night. Guerra continued to find success with his splitter, and he's now fanned 17 batters in his last two starts. His command wavered, especially against lefties, but that's to be expected with the 31-year-old reliever-turned-starter. Guerra has a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings for the Brewers and should continue to be a sneaky source of strikeouts, even if he'll potentially hurt a fantasy squad's ratios. He'll next get the Cardinals at Miller Park in a tough matchup.