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Twins DFA Rule 5 Draft pick Kinley

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NEW YORK -- With Twins pitchers struggling during their six-game losing streak and the club looking to add relief help from the Minors, Minnesota designated Rule 5 Draft pick Tyler Kinley for assignment after its 7-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night. A corresponding move will come before Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and the 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

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NEW YORK -- With Twins pitchers struggling during their six-game losing streak and the club looking to add relief help from the Minors, Minnesota designated Rule 5 Draft pick Tyler Kinley for assignment after its 7-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night. A corresponding move will come before Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and the 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

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Kinley, 27, struggled in his first taste of the Majors, allowing nine runs on nine hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings for a 24.30 ERA in four outings. His last appearance came Monday, when he gave up a grand slam to Didi Gregorius and could only record one out in the eighth before outfielder Ryan LaMarre came in to finish the inning.

Video: MIN@NYY: Gregorius hammers a grand slam to right

"It's obviously tough," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "There's a lot to like about that young man. Unfortunately, we've run into a little bit of a spell here where with our rotation, we haven't got enough innings to feel like we're protected. We need to find a way to get some length, if needed, tomorrow."

If Kinley clears waivers, he must be offered back to the Marlins, unless Minnesota can work out a trade with Miami. If Kinley is claimed by another club, he has to stay on the 25-man roster the entire season or be offered back to the Marlins.

Kinley possesses plus stuff, with his fastball averaging 96.8 mph to go along with his slider that averages 89.1 mph. But he's had trouble harnessing it, and he gave up at least one run in three of his four outings.

Right-hander Aaron Slegers is a candidate to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester because of his ability to pitch in long relief. Slegers is slated to start with Rochester on Thursday. Right-hander John Curtiss is another option on the 40-man roster.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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A's acquire Font from Dodgers for Salow

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ARLINGTON -- The A's on Wednesday swung a deal with the Dodgers for right-hander Wilmer Font, who adds to their list of long-relief options.

To do so, they sacrificed their 2017 sixth-round Draft pick: left-hander Logan Salow had a 1.52 ERA in 20 relief appearances in Oakland's farm system.

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ARLINGTON -- The A's on Wednesday swung a deal with the Dodgers for right-hander Wilmer Font, who adds to their list of long-relief options.

To do so, they sacrificed their 2017 sixth-round Draft pick: left-hander Logan Salow had a 1.52 ERA in 20 relief appearances in Oakland's farm system.

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Font, who was designated for assignment by Los Angeles on Monday, has yet to join the A's.

"This is a guy that the front office has talked about before," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's got a big arm, and not only is he potential relief but he's potential start, so we're always trying to have as many guys in the mix as we possibly can."

Font, 27, was 0-2 with an 11.32 ERA in six relief appearances for the Dodgers this season. His opponents hit .383 against him, and he allowed five homers, most among Major League relievers. In 14 career big league appearances between Texas and Los Angeles, he has an 11.42 ERA.

The right-hander has nine Minor League seasons under his belt, posting a 3.61 ERA while averaging 10.62 strikeouts per nine innings in that span.

Treinen good to go
A's closer Blake Treinen, who was struck in the right shin by a fierce line drive Tuesday night, was walking around pain-free Wednesday and deemed himself ready for action. Melvin confirmed as much.

Video: OAK@TEX: Treinen takes liner off shin, leaves game

"When I went out there, I knew he was going to come off the mound, and I was just hoping that there was no fracture," Melvin said, "because that hit him really good. So for him to be available is terrific."

Shin-Soo Choo's line drive had an exit velocity of 105 mph.

"That was pretty hard off my leg," Treinen said. "Really, last night, the issue was it whacked my nerve or something, because my leg went kind of numb for a while, and I didn't think it would be smart for me to not have my best on the mound. Today, I can move [with] no issues, it's just tender to the touch.

"Thankfully it didn't hit any bone. In the moment, a little disconcerting, but right now I'm thankful it's nothing serious."

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Beltre on DL as Rua called up, Fister activated

Third baseman has strained left hamstring; Bush optioned to Triple-A
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, but are optimistic that he won't be out for an extended period of time.

Beltre underwent an MRI on Wednesday and the results showed a Grade 1 strain. That is considered on the mild side of the spectrum and Beltre may be sidelined no more than a couple of weeks.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, but are optimistic that he won't be out for an extended period of time.

Beltre underwent an MRI on Wednesday and the results showed a Grade 1 strain. That is considered on the mild side of the spectrum and Beltre may be sidelined no more than a couple of weeks.

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"Short of just a cramp, Grade 1 is as good as we can hope for," manager Jeff Banister said. "My thinking is we'll look at this conservatively, but knowing Adrian and his history, what he is able to maneuver through, anything is possible. This is about how he heals and what strength he can get in the hamstring and how he can deal with it."

Banister said Isiah Kiner-Falefa will move from second to third base while Beltre is down. Drew Robinson will play second base and the Rangers are committed to keeping Joey Gallo in left field or at first base. The Rangers also have Renato Nunez to play third, first and left field as a right-handed bat off the bench.

"[Kiner-Falefa] will be primarily at third base," Banister said. "We talked it over with our development people and our scouts, and with the personnel we have, Kiner-Falefa has probably played more on the left side of the diamond and Drew's skills are best suited for second base."

Kiner-Falefa started at third base on Wednesday for the first time since being called up on April 10. He had started nine games at second and two at shortstop, but played 110 games at third base in the Minor Leagues as part of his development as a utility player.

Beltre joins shortstop Elvis Andrus and second baseman Rougned Odor on the disabled list. Odor is still at least 10-14 days away from returning because of a strained left hamstring. He has only started to do light jogging. Andrus isn't expected back until sometime in June.

"It's a gut-punch," Banister said. "It doesn't feel good. But I believe elite competitors don't get caught up in the situation. There are guys in that clubhouse who have a real opportunity that they wouldn't have if not for the injuries."

The Rangers recalled Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Beltre. This will be his third tour with the Rangers and he will join Nunez as a utility player on the bench.

Bush sent down
The Rangers also optioned pitcher Matt Bush to Round Rock to make room for Doug Fister, who was activated off the disabled list.

Bush was sent down with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He also had nine walks in 11 1/3 innings.

"With Matt, we've identified a couple of things he can work on," Banister said. "This is a great time for Matt to go down and focus on sharpening his edge and simplify his plan of attack, be ready to come back fresh and help us."

Bush was given an opportunity to be a starter in Spring Training, but ended up in the bullpen. Banister said Bush will continue to work as a reliever at Round Rock.

Rangers beat
• Wednesday marked only the seventh time since the beginning of the 2011 season that the Rangers lineup was missing both Beltre and Andrus.

• Rangers pitchers hit four batters in Tuesday's game. That's the fourth time in club history they have hit four or more batters in a game and they went into Wednesday's games leading the Majors with 20 hit batsmen.

• The Rangers will start Mike Minor, Bartolo Colon and Martin Perez during their three-game series against the Blue Jays this weekend. Cole Hamels will start on Monday against the Indians, passing over Matt Moore. Banister said the Rangers are undecided after Monday.

Tim Lincecum will fly to Arizona on Thursday to continue his throwing program while the Rangers are in Toronto and Cleveland. He could begin a rehab assignment the week of May 6 if all goes well in Surprise. He is eligible to come off the disabled list May 28.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Stratton to paternity list; Gomez called up

Bochy debuts on Twitter; Williamson scratched with stiff neck
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants placed starter Chris Stratton on the paternity list prior to Wednesday's game, as the 27-year-old right-hander headed home to Mississippi to join his wife, Martha Kate, for the birth of the couple's second child.

In a corresponding move, reliever Roberto Gomez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to serve as a fresh bullpen arm for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals, with Reyes Moronta and Hunter Strickland both unavailable due to their recent heavy workloads.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants placed starter Chris Stratton on the paternity list prior to Wednesday's game, as the 27-year-old right-hander headed home to Mississippi to join his wife, Martha Kate, for the birth of the couple's second child.

In a corresponding move, reliever Roberto Gomez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to serve as a fresh bullpen arm for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals, with Reyes Moronta and Hunter Strickland both unavailable due to their recent heavy workloads.

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San Francisco expects Stratton to be reinstated in time to make his scheduled start in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

Gomez made his first Opening Day roster in 2018 and allowed five earned runs in four innings across three appearances, though four of those runs came in a rough April 1 season debut. He was optioned to Sacramento on April 10 to make roster space for Tyler Beede's MLB debut.

Video: ARI@SF: Posey helps Gomez pick off Owings in the 7th

This could be another short MLB stint for the 28-year-old righty -- he's likely to stay on the roster through Saturday's doubleheader to serve as the 26th man, but the Giants will need to make another decision on Gomez following those games.

Watch out, Twitterverse
Is Twitter ready for Bruce Bochy?

Only time will tell. But the Giants' manager doesn't seem quite ready for the Twitterverse yet -- particularly with his still-developing emoji skills.

Tweet from @BruceBochy1: Great win tonight, we���re 1-0 when I���m on twitter. [thumbs up emoji]

Bochy racked up more than 14,000 followers within the first 24 hours of activating his account on Tuesday afternoon, as would be expected for a man who brought three World Series championships to his city.

But the popularity hasn't seemed to have gone to his head.

"14,000 -- is that a lot?" he quipped, with an amused expression.

Bochy chuckled when a veteran Giants scribe shot back, "I've got 65,000, and I've been on there for nine years."

Tweet from @BruceBochy1: Hey there #SFGiants fans. It's me, Bruce Bochy. I'm kind of new to this twitter thing...

Bochy doesn't expect to be on Twitter too much -- at least for now, he primarily plans to use it to bring attention to "charities and things like that." And he's definitely not going to engage with any negativity on the platform.

"If they tweet bad things, I'm going to tweet back, 'Love harder,'" Bochy said. "I might regret this one. We'll see."

Williamson scratched
Mac Williamson had been a much-needed jolt for the Giants' lineup since he was recalled from Sacramento last Friday, going 6-for-19 with three homers and six RBIs in that stretch.

Williamson was originally slated to bat sixth and play left field in Wednesday's lineup, but he was scratched half an hour before first pitch due to residual neck stiffness from his collision with the left-field wall after stumbling over the bullpen mound in foul territory trying to make a catch on Tuesday.

Video: WSH@SF: Williamson crashes into wall in foul ground

"It's a general soreness, which you're going to have when your head crashes into the wall there," Bochy said. "Probably as much as that was that he spiked himself on top of it, in the calf, and he has a pretty good gash there."

Austin Jackson was added the lineup to play center field, with Gregor Blanco moving from center to Williamson's original spot in left.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Venters, after 3 TJ surgeries, pitches for Rays

Lefty, who last appeared in bigs in October 2012, faces one Orioles batter
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BALTIMORE -- Jonny Venters came in quickly from the bullpen when Rays manager Kevin Cash called for him to start the bottom of the sixth inning. The left-hander sprinted almost all the way to the mound and was ready when Cash handed him the ball.

It is easy to understand why Venters raced in. After all, he'd been waiting for this moment for a long time.

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BALTIMORE -- Jonny Venters came in quickly from the bullpen when Rays manager Kevin Cash called for him to start the bottom of the sixth inning. The left-hander sprinted almost all the way to the mound and was ready when Cash handed him the ball.

It is easy to understand why Venters raced in. After all, he'd been waiting for this moment for a long time.

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This was the first time the 33-year-old left-hander appeared in the Major Leagues since pitching for the Braves in the 2012 National League Wild Card Game. He went through Tommy John surgeries in 2013 and 2014, plus what he likes to call a "half" procedure in 2016. The 2011 All-Star also had the surgery in 2005.

Venters pitched to one batter Wednesday, getting Chris Davis to ground out after four pitches -- three sliders and a fastball -- in the Rays' 8-4 win. The veteran pitcher admitted to feeling some emotion while running into the game.

"My nerves were flowing, and I was excited and nervous," Venters said. "[My] heart was racing."

Video: TB@BAL: Jonny Venters on long-awaited return to mound

Based on Jon Roegele's oft-cited Tommy John surgery database, Venters became the first pitcher to come back from three Tommy John procedures to pitch in the Majors. Though Jose Rijo and Jason Isringhausen are often cited to have had three Tommy Johns apiece, Roegele does not recognize either pitcher as a three-time recipient of the surgery, because, for each guy, at least one of the surgeries addressed a flexor tendon tear, not a UCL tear. (You can read more about Venters' "half-Tommy John" here.)

Venters knew he would have a game on Wednesday. He was just expecting to be pitching for Triple-A Durham and not the Tampa Bay Rays. Venters had a 10:30 a.m. ET game in Durham, N.C., and during a rain delay, he got word that the Rays selected his contract, and he quickly flew to Baltimore. What made this night even better is that his family was able to fly in and saw his return to the Major Leagues.

"It was an amazing experience just to get out there," Venters said. "It was a special thing that I'll never forget the rest of my life. Dream come true, really."

The experience also made others in the Tampa Bay clubhouse happy because the Rays know what he has been through and appreciate his kind personality.

"He's just an awesome guy," teammate Daniel Robertson said. "You can't [be a] better person than that. His attitude, his look on life, how good of a person he is; he's top-notch in the game. It's really a feel-good story."

Cash felt just as happy that Venters made it back and loved giving him the ball for that one batter.

"I thought it was perfect," Cash said. "It worked out where he came in, got a big out at the time with a two-run lead for us. Pretty exciting to be able to put him in the game."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Beckham on DL; O's bring up Peterson

Left groin strain an issue for infielder since Spring Training
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BALTIMORE -- Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham was officially placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with a left groin strain, and the infielder is leaning toward undergoing surgery that would sideline him at least six weeks.

Beckham, who was removed for a pinch-runner during Monday's game, saw a specialist in Philadelphia and is still weighing his options. 

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham was officially placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with a left groin strain, and the infielder is leaning toward undergoing surgery that would sideline him at least six weeks.

Beckham, who was removed for a pinch-runner during Monday's game, saw a specialist in Philadelphia and is still weighing his options. 

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"I know a lot, but I think in fairness to Tim and the medical profession I'm not going to try to be an expert on it yet," manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm looking at, 'OK, if he has this [surgery], how many days before he's playing for the Orioles again?' And I know that answer if he has it. Let's wait and see if he has it, because there's the possibility that he could have it in the morning."

Beckham has no history of groin issues, though this is an injury that first hampered him in Spring Training and could have been a contributing factor for his slow start. In 23 games, he hit .179/.247/.262.

"We're kind of dealing now with, 'Here's what it is, here's what one of the best in the world is telling us.' Obviously, it's Tim's decision about where he wants to go," Showalter said. "I know initially he really wanted to see if he could get back and [play] through it. I think after talking to the doctor and showing the MRI and the looks at it, I've got a pretty good feeling which way he's going to proceed. And that's going to be his decision."

Utility man Jace Peterson, who was claimed on waivers on from the Yankees on Tuesday, took Beckham's roster spot and will assume the bulk of the playing time at second base with Jonathan Schoop (oblique) on the disabled list.

Peterson, who has played in 386 games over five seasons in the Majors with the Padres, Braves and Yankees, made an immediate impact in his Orioles debut, hitting a two-run double in the second inning of Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Rays. Peterson, 27, appeared in three games with the Yankees and went 3-for-10 before being designated.

"I think for right now, I'll probably be all over the place. Obviously with the guys they have injured, tonight I'm playing second," Peterson said before Wednesday's game against the Rays. "I'm just kind of going to get my work everywhere and be ready to go whenever my number is called. … I feel good. I'm excited to get on the field and kind of get to play with some of these guys and try to get some wins."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Healy progressing, needs to produce in return

Creating off-days for Nicasio beneficial to his long-term outlook
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CHICAGO -- Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy has progressed enough with his timing at the plate that he is expected to rejoin his teammates at some point this weekend in Cleveland, manager Scott Servais said on Wednesday.

Healy, who has been sidelined with a right ankle injury, went 1-for-3 with a two-run single with Double-A Arkansas on Tuesday. Healy has gone 5-for-15 in four games with the Travelers and has homered and driven in six runs.

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CHICAGO -- Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy has progressed enough with his timing at the plate that he is expected to rejoin his teammates at some point this weekend in Cleveland, manager Scott Servais said on Wednesday.

Healy, who has been sidelined with a right ankle injury, went 1-for-3 with a two-run single with Double-A Arkansas on Tuesday. Healy has gone 5-for-15 in four games with the Travelers and has homered and driven in six runs.

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Servais said he watched video of Healy on Wednesday morning and believes he is ready to re-acclimate himself to Major League pitching. Servais said earlier this week that Healy would not return until he could make an impact on the Mariners' offense.

"Things have gone OK with him on the rehab assignment," Servais said before Wednesday's game against the White Sox. "He looks fine."

Healy was hitting .091 (2-for-22) when he sprained his ankle in a postgame workout earlier this month. Healy drove in three runs on April 7. The Mariners sent him to Arkansas to help provide him a chance to improve his timing.

Video: SEA@MIN: Healy clears the bases with a double

The true test will come, however, once Servais inserts Healy back in the everyday lineup.

"He needs to come in and contribute -- he knows that," Servais said. "He was off to a slow start. Giving him the extra days of at-bats and playing time on the rehab assignment hopefully helps him, but facing Minor League pitching versus Cleveland pitching is a little bit different."

In sync
Right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio showed much better tempo in his one inning of work in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the White Sox. Servais said Wednesday that Nicasio was getting down the mound better and displayed better tempo and delivery. Nicasio -- who had a strikeout in his appearance -- showcased more fastball velocity, which Servais was encouraged by, especially for the long-term.

Servais said a couple of days of not being called on benefited Nicasio, who has struck out nine hitters over 10 2/3 innings this season.

"He's never going to say, 'No, I need a day,' so sometimes you kind of have to create that day and put some other guys in some different spots," Servais said. "But he looked really good."

Roster moves
The Mariners announced Wednesday that left-handed relief pitcher Dario Alvarez has been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. With the move, the 40-man roster is now at 38.

Alvarez, 29, was claimed off of waivers from the Cubs in March and went 0-0 in five appearances with Tacoma with a 2.84 ERA. Alvarez has struck out seven and walked six.

In 2017, Alvarez went 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 20 games with the Rangers and held opponents scoreless in 16 of the 20 appearances.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com and is based in Chicago.

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Acuna's 1st hit, insane speed key Braves' win

Baseball's No. 2 prospect goes 1-for-5, scores game-tying run in 8th
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CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna Jr.'s power, speed and defensive skills have drawn praise as he has made a meteoric rise through the Braves' system over the past year and established himself as one of the game's top prospects.

But before the heralded 20-year-old phenom made his much-anticipated Major League debut -- in which he singled, flashed his blazing speed and scored the tying run in Wednesday night's 5-4 win over the Reds -- he might have most impressed with the mature response he provided when asked if he benefited from his longer-than-expected stint with Triple-A Gwinnett this year.

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CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna Jr.'s power, speed and defensive skills have drawn praise as he has made a meteoric rise through the Braves' system over the past year and established himself as one of the game's top prospects.

But before the heralded 20-year-old phenom made his much-anticipated Major League debut -- in which he singled, flashed his blazing speed and scored the tying run in Wednesday night's 5-4 win over the Reds -- he might have most impressed with the mature response he provided when asked if he benefited from his longer-than-expected stint with Triple-A Gwinnett this year.

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"It was an incredible experience," Acuna said through an interpreter. "I think that helped me develop a little bit during those couple weeks I was in the Minor Leagues. I'd say it definitely helped me develop more and be prepared more than I thought I would be leaving Spring Training."

Video: ATL@CIN: Acuna Jr. on getting called up for MLB debut

Acuna certainly seemed prepared for the flurry of excitement that awaited after he entered Great American Ball Park around 1:45 p.m. ET, approximately 14 hours after his emotions were stirred by the revelation he was coming to the Majors. He put on a show during batting practice, created some excitement with his first two plate appearances and notched his first career hit with an eighth-inning single off Kevin Shackelford. Once he was on base, he raced from first to third on Dansby Swanson's single, reaching a speed of 30.3 feet per second, according to Statcast™. Twins center fielder Byron Buxton leads the Majors with an average sprint speed of 30.5 feet per second.

Video: ATL@CIN: Statcast™ measures Acuna's clutch baserunning

"That's going to be another weapon we have as a team," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Having him out there is really going to be good. He's an elite defender. There's no fear at all on the basepaths. It's going to be a big plus for us."

Acuna's speed put him in position to score the game-tying run on Kurt Suzuki's single up the middle.

Video: ATL@CIN: Acuna Jr. scores first run on Suzuki's hit

It was just one part of a momentous day.

"It's a dream come true," Acuna said. "I just thank God for this opportunity to be able to be here to log my first hit and play in my first big league game. It's been incredible."

Video: ATL@CIN: Acuna on getting a hit in his MLB debut

Ranked as baseball's second-best prospect per MLB Pipeline, Acuna stands as the most complete prospect the Braves have produced since Andruw Jones debuted in 1996. He showed flashes of his power potential when he recorded two long flyouts during his first two plate appearances. He lined the first pitch he saw to the right-center-field warning track with a 100.8-mph exit velocity. He swung at the first pitch in the third inning and produced a 97.4-mph exit velocity on a lineout to right field.

Video: ATL@CIN: Acuna Jr. lifts deep flyout in first at-bat

Acuna struck out twice and went 1-for-5 during his debut, providing plenty of signs he is quite capable of generating excitement every time he comes to the plate.

"Nothing seemed to affect him," Snitker said. "He wasn't overwhelmed by anything. He just went out and played his game. He was on the attack there. He hit a couple of balls good and got his first hit. I thought he was just fine."

Acuna displayed his tremendous talent with a 1.246 OPS over 44 Grapefruit League at-bats. Still, regardless of how he fared during Spring Training, it was almost certain that he would not join Atlanta's roster until at least April 14, the first date the Braves could promote him without surrendering an extra year of control.

Acuna's arrival was further delayed by a slump during his first two weeks with Gwinnett. He started to round into form recently and ended up recording 11 hits in what he hopes were the final 33 at-bats of his Minor League career.

Video: PHI@ATL: Acuna hits first HR of season at Triple-A

"To be honest, I never felt any pressure," Acuna said. "We all know baseball has its highs and lows. I never really put any extra pressure on myself."

A night earlier, when Snitker returned to his office following a 12-inning loss to the Reds, he didn't hesitate when general manager Alex Anthopoulos suggested it was time to bring Acuna to the Majors.

"We knew it was inevitable that, at some point, the kid was going to get up here," Snitker said. "It was like, 'When is the perfect time?' I don't know. Alex asked me what I thought and I said, 'I'm excited to get him in here and see what he can do.'"

Reunited with his best friend -- Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies -- Acuna didn't appear overwhelmed by his new environment. He has been aiming for this opportunity since late last season, and now looks forward to the chance to show why so many have longed to see him perform at the game's highest level.

"As soon as I hit the field, I felt at home," Acuna said.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Acuna to make MLB debut for Braves today

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CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna had to wait a little longer than anticipated, but the much-hyped prospect will now have the chance to display his tremendous talents at the Major League level.

A Major League source said Acuna was informed late Tuesday night he will join the Braves in Cincinnati for Wednesday night's game against the Reds. The 20-year-old outfielder now stands less than 24 hours away from experiencing one of the most anticipated Major League debuts baseball has seen over the past decade.

CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna had to wait a little longer than anticipated, but the much-hyped prospect will now have the chance to display his tremendous talents at the Major League level.

A Major League source said Acuna was informed late Tuesday night he will join the Braves in Cincinnati for Wednesday night's game against the Reds. The 20-year-old outfielder now stands less than 24 hours away from experiencing one of the most anticipated Major League debuts baseball has seen over the past decade.

Acuna (20 years, 128 days) will become the youngest player to appear in an MLB game this season, surpassing teammate Ozzie Albies.

Acuna will serve as Atlanta's starting left fielder and attempt to bolster a lineup that has tallied a National League-high 122 runs without him. The five-tool outfielder ranks second only to Angels rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list.

It remains to be seen where Braves manager Brian Snitker will place Acuna in the lineup, but there's a possibility he could soon find himself batting behind Freddie Freeman and potential cleanup hitter Jose Bautista, who could join Atlanta's roster later this week.

With Acuna's arrival, Preston Tucker's powerful left-handed bat will be an asset off the bench. Tucker has played a key role in the Braves' early-season success, but he entered the season knowing his starting role could be temporary.

After Acuna dazzled during Spring Training, the anticipation was he might make his big league debut on April 14, which was the earliest date the Braves could have promoted him and secured an extra year of contractual control. But his arrival was delayed, as he went 5-for-36 with 14 strikeouts to start the season with Triple-A Gwinnett.

But Acuna has warmed up of late, with 11 hits, including a homer and double, in his last 33 at-bats. He has battled slow starts in the past, and his latest one might have been influenced by the nine-day dead period that separated his final Spring Training game and Gwinnett's season opener.

Braves fans have been eagerly awaiting Acuna's arrival since he progressed his way from Class A Advanced Florida to Gwinnett last year. He was named MLB Pipeline's Hitter of the Year after he hit .325 with 21 homers, 44 stolen bases and a .896 OPS in 2017.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Pina faces former club in his return from DL

Brewers option catcher Nottingham to Triple-A Colorado Springs
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KANSAS CITY -- Brewers catcher Manny Pina couldn't have picked a more nostalgic place to make his return from a right calf strain. Pina, who was activated from the disabled list before Tuesday night's 5-2 win, spent a lot of time in the Royals' organization from 2009-12.

Pina, who went 0-for-4 in the series opener, has fond memories of his time in which he laid the groundwork for where he is this season as a prominent member of a Brewers team that has designs on a special season.

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KANSAS CITY -- Brewers catcher Manny Pina couldn't have picked a more nostalgic place to make his return from a right calf strain. Pina, who was activated from the disabled list before Tuesday night's 5-2 win, spent a lot of time in the Royals' organization from 2009-12.

Pina, who went 0-for-4 in the series opener, has fond memories of his time in which he laid the groundwork for where he is this season as a prominent member of a Brewers team that has designs on a special season.

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To make room for Pina, the club optioned catcher Jacob Nottingham to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

"Everything is good," Pina said. "I've been feeling good the last three days."

Pina made his Major League debut on Aug. 3, 2011, when the Royals called him up.

"I remember going 2-for-4 and we won the game," Pina said.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the club is confident that Pina is physically ready for a reboot after playing 10 games in early April.

Nottingham was 0-for-5 at the plate in his short stint with the Brewers, but Counsell thinks a taste of the Majors will bode well for the young catcher.

"The best part was that he had to catch two games where every pitch was meaningful," Counsell said.

Vogt to swing
Counsell said the next step for Stephen Vogt, recovering from a right shoulder injury, will be getting his swings in Arizona in an extended spring training environment.

"He's leaving [Wednesday] night for Arizona," Counsell said. "He can start getting at-bats."

Arcia ill
Shortstop Orlando Arcia, who tweaked his right ankle on Friday against the Marlins, was set to play on Tuesday, but Counsell scratched him due to a stomach flu episode.

"He would have been in there otherwise," Counsell said.

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City.

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Buehler optioned, but likely to start Saturday

Top prospect sent to nearby Rancho Cucamonga; reliever Hudson recalled
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers demoted top prospect Walker Buehler to Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, but fans need not worry -- it's just a logistical move.

Buehler fired five scoreless innings against the Marlins in his first MLB start Monday night and was optioned to make room on the roster for reliever Daniel Hudson, bringing the bullpen count back to nine.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers demoted top prospect Walker Buehler to Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, but fans need not worry -- it's just a logistical move.

Buehler fired five scoreless innings against the Marlins in his first MLB start Monday night and was optioned to make room on the roster for reliever Daniel Hudson, bringing the bullpen count back to nine.

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Hudson worked a perfect seventh inning against the Marlins, striking out two.

On Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wouldn't confirm it (because Buehler is not on the 25-man roster), but the rookie will likely be added as the 26th man to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader in San Francisco. That's why he was sent to Rancho Cucamonga and not Triple-A Oklahoma City, where Hudson had been pitching.

"To keep him local gives us that option if we want to use him Saturday," Roberts said. "He reported there today, got his work in and we'll see how it plays out."

Rich Hill, who threw a four-inning, 58-pitch simulated game on Tuesday, will come off the disabled list to start Monday in Arizona, followed by Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday, Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday and Alex Wood on Thursday.

"It went well," Hill said of his workout. "Felt fine and got good feedback from the swings."

Hudson was signed by the Dodgers as a free agent on March 30. He made five relief appearances with the OKC Dodgers this season without allowing a hit in 4 2/3 innings, striking out five.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who was traded to Tampa Bay from Pittsburgh on Feb. 22, appeared in seven games with the Rays during Spring Training, allowing nine runs in 5 1/3 innings, with six strikeouts. He was released by Tampa Bay, and will receive $5.5 million this year. The Dodgers will pay only the Major League minimum portion of it.

Roberts compared Hudson's pitch mix to that of current Dodgers reliever JT Chargois. A former starter with the White Sox and D-backs, Hudson missed the second half of the 2012 season and the entire '13 campaign after having two Tommy John elbow reconstructions. He resumed his career at the end of '14 as a reliever. Last year with the Pirates, he went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 71 games.

The Dodgers are looking at Hudson as a possible fill-in for Tom Koehler, who suffered a sprained right shoulder capsule in Spring Training. Koehler was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Monday and is not expected back until around the All-Star break. Koehler was signed in part to replace Brandon Morrow as the primary right-handed set-up man for closer Kenley Jansen.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Injury updates: Shackelford, Suarez, Lorenzen

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds activated reliever Kevin Shackelford from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, designating reliever Kevin Quackenbush for assignment to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.

Shackelford, 29, has been out all season with a right forearm strain he sustained near the end of Spring Training. Five of his first six Cactus League appearances were scoreless, but he allowed five earned runs over his final two appearances and 2 1/3 innings before realizing he was hurt.

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds activated reliever Kevin Shackelford from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, designating reliever Kevin Quackenbush for assignment to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.

Shackelford, 29, has been out all season with a right forearm strain he sustained near the end of Spring Training. Five of his first six Cactus League appearances were scoreless, but he allowed five earned runs over his final two appearances and 2 1/3 innings before realizing he was hurt.

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Last season, Shackelford posted a 4.70 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 26 appearances for the Reds. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Louisville, where he had a 1.53 ERA in 35 games. During his four-game rehab assignment with Louisville and Double-A Pensacola, Shackelford had a 6.23 ERA.

Quackenbush, 29, had an 11.00 ERA and a 2.11 WHIP over his 10 appearances for the Reds this season after earning a spot in camp as a non-roster invite. In nine innings, he gave up six walks and three home runs with seven strikeouts. In his final game for Cincinnati at St. Louis on Sunday, Quackenbush gave up six earned runs, four hits and two walks during a 9-2 loss.

Quackenbush's removal leaves the Reds with 39 players on their 40-man roster.

Mesoraco scratched
About 90 minutes before Tuesday's game vs. the Cardinals, the Reds scratched catcher Devin Mesoraco from the starting lineup with neck stiffness. Regular catcher Tucker Barnhart, who had been set for a night off, was plugged back into the starting lineup to replace Mesoraco.

Should Mesoraco need a few days, the Reds have no other catchers on their 40-man roster to bring up. Tony Cruz, Stuart Turner and Joe Hudson are currently catching for Louisville.

Suarez plays in rehab game
Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a strikeout in four plate appearances in a rehab game with Louisville on Tuesday. Suarez is working his way back from a fractured right thumb, and interim manager Jim Riggleman didn't expect him to need many more games.

"He's such a baseball rat. He's been out here working his tail off right here. He feels like he's really close," Riggleman said. "He'll have something to say about it. Sometimes, you would mandate they go down there for 'X' amount of days. But in his case, I think once he sees some pitches and he's feeling good, we'll see him real soon."

Suarez has been on the 10-day DL since April 9. The day before, vs. the Pirates, he was hit on the hand by a Jameson Taillon pitch.

The Reds' offense, which broke out in a 10-4 win over the Braves on Monday, could use Suarez's contributions. The team has used a combination of veterans Cliff Pennington and Phil Gosselin and rookie Alex Blandino.

"It's been a while, but it hasn't been a real long time," Riggleman said. "We feel like he needs to see some live pitching down there, but not a lot."

Suarez batted third for Louisville and played third base, one spot behind top prospect Nick Senzel, who manned second base.

Bullpen session next for Lorenzen
It will still be a while before injured Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen emerges from the bullpen during a Major League game. But he will throw a bullpen session before Wednesday's game, his first work off a mound since Spring Training. Lorenzen has been out since mid-March because a strained right teres major muscle near his shoulder.

"It's going to be something short, just to get me [going]," Lorenzen said on Tuesday.

After being restricted to long toss for a while, Lorenzen was glad to have graduated to a mound.

"Especially when you should have graduated a while ago," Lorenzen said. "But I'm not an expert in that field -- I am just going off based on how I feel. And it's a good thing that I feel this way."

Hernandez update
Reliever David Hernandez, who has been out since March with right shoulder inflammation, made his second rehab assignment appearance on Monday. Hernandez gave up one earned run and two hits with no walks and one strikeout while throwing 17 pitches.

"I believe he's going to throw one more. He's really close," Riggleman said.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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