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Marlins lose reliever Despaigne to DL

Wittgren recalled to bolster beleaguered bullpen
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MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight day, a Marlins reliever has been placed on the disabled list. On Friday, Odrisamer Despaigne was placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm strain, and right-hander Nick Wittgren was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

The transaction was expected after Despaigne was replaced in the sixth inning of Miami's 12-3 loss on Thursday to the Brewers at Miller Park. Miami currently has nine players on the disabled list.

MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight day, a Marlins reliever has been placed on the disabled list. On Friday, Odrisamer Despaigne was placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm strain, and right-hander Nick Wittgren was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

The transaction was expected after Despaigne was replaced in the sixth inning of Miami's 12-3 loss on Thursday to the Brewers at Miller Park. Miami currently has nine players on the disabled list.

On Wednesday, reliever Chris O'Grady went on the DL with a left shoulder strain.

Wittgren, 26, opened the season at New Orleans after he was building up in Spring Training from surgery to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow last September.

In seven appearances at New Orleans, Wittgren has had his struggles, posting a 10.13 ERA in 5 1/3 innings, including two home runs.

Wittgren last pitched in the big leagues on July 26 at Texas, working two-thirds of an inning, and he went on the disabled list the next day.

Despaigne started off as the Marlins' No. 3 starter, but made just one start before going to the bullpen. The right-hander hadn't been sharp in his last three outings, giving up five runs in 3 2/3 innings. For the season, he has a 6.14 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Miller activated from disabled list, Snyder DFA'd

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The Rays on Friday activated Brad Miller from the disabled list, and designated infielder Brandon Snyder for assignment in a corresponding roster move.

Miller has been out of action with a left groin strain since April 8. He was hitting .222 (6-for-27) with one home run and five RBIs prior to the injury. He played in two Minor League rehab games with Class A Advanced Charlotte on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Rays on Friday activated Brad Miller from the disabled list, and designated infielder Brandon Snyder for assignment in a corresponding roster move.

Miller has been out of action with a left groin strain since April 8. He was hitting .222 (6-for-27) with one home run and five RBIs prior to the injury. He played in two Minor League rehab games with Class A Advanced Charlotte on Wednesday and Thursday.

Synder was called up to the big leagues when Matt Duffy was placed on the DL with a hamstring injury earlier this week. He started two games at third base, going 1-for-6 with a double and two strikeouts in his first Major League action since 2016 when he was with the Braves.

The 31-year-old journeyman -- who has spent time in the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox, Braves and Nationals organizations -- signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in December.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Blue Jays activate Morales ... and keep Teoscar

Toronto also promotes Gurriel after optioning Ngoepe, Mayza
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NEW YORK -- The emergence of Teoscar Hernandez has prompted the Blue Jays to make a flurry of roster moves to ensure he will receive playing time in the outfield.

Toronto activated designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the disabled list on Friday afternoon, but instead of sending Hernandez back to the Minors -- as was initially expected last week -- the Blue Jays optioned infielder Gift Ngoepe and lefty reliever Tim Mayza to Triple-A Buffalo. The moves also made room for Toronto to promote Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from Double-A New Hampshire.

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NEW YORK -- The emergence of Teoscar Hernandez has prompted the Blue Jays to make a flurry of roster moves to ensure he will receive playing time in the outfield.

Toronto activated designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the disabled list on Friday afternoon, but instead of sending Hernandez back to the Minors -- as was initially expected last week -- the Blue Jays optioned infielder Gift Ngoepe and lefty reliever Tim Mayza to Triple-A Buffalo. The moves also made room for Toronto to promote Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from Double-A New Hampshire.

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Toronto's decision to keep Hernandez on the big league squad means the club has five outfielders on the 25-man roster. Randal Grichuk, who has just five hits in 57 at-bats this season and is out of options, is expected to be mostly relegated to the bench.

The configuration of the roster is not sustainable over the long haul, but it buys the Blue Jays time until Josh Donaldson returns from the DL -- which won't happen until the beginning of next week at the earliest.

If Hernandez continues to hit at this rate, then it will be impossible to send him back to the Minors. If his bat cools off, or someone gets hurt before Donaldson returns, Grichuk could re-enter the fold. Grichuk needs to remain on the active roster or be placed on waivers.

Gurriel was in the lineup on Friday night, and alongside shortstop Aledmys Diaz, he helped form an all-Cuban middle infield for the Blue Jays. Gurriel is expected to see time at second base whenever Devon Travis needs a day off, and he could receive a look at shortstop or even third base.

The promotion of Gurriel gives the Blue Jays a superior option off the bench after Ngoepe struggled during a brief stint in Toronto. Ngoepe had just one hit and struck out 12 times in 18 at-bats.

Gurriel also could be sent down to the Minors when Donaldson returns. But that move would leave the Blue Jays with just one backup infielder, and Donaldson and Travis likely will require at least semi-regular rest from defensive duties to protect against injuries.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Mariners activate slugging catcher Zunino

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The Mariners have gotten their primary catcher back, as they activated Mike Zunino from the 10-day disabled list and recalled him from his rehab assignment at Class A Advanced Modesto on Friday. Backup catcher Mike Marjama was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino has been sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle since he sustained the injury during a workout on March 28, the day before Opening Day. The backstop enjoyed an excellent Spring Training in which he belted five home runs and compiled a 1.249 OPS over 43 at-bats. Zunino hit a career-high 25 homers and also set a career-best .840 OPS in 124 games with the Mariners last season.

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The Mariners have gotten their primary catcher back, as they activated Mike Zunino from the 10-day disabled list and recalled him from his rehab assignment at Class A Advanced Modesto on Friday. Backup catcher Mike Marjama was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino has been sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle since he sustained the injury during a workout on March 28, the day before Opening Day. The backstop enjoyed an excellent Spring Training in which he belted five home runs and compiled a 1.249 OPS over 43 at-bats. Zunino hit a career-high 25 homers and also set a career-best .840 OPS in 124 games with the Mariners last season.

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Zunino will likely be in Seattle's starting lineup against the Rangers in Arlington on Friday. David Freitas will serve as the Mariners' backup catcher.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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A's trade Thompson, option Trivino to Triple-A

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The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville.

Thompson, whose brother Klay plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the building next door to the A's, was 1-for-7 in three games with Oakland after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville.

Thompson, whose brother Klay plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the building next door to the A's, was 1-for-7 in three games with Oakland after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Video: CWS@OAK: Trivino whiffs Narvaez for first career K

Trivino was called up on Tuesday and made his MLB debut against the White Sox, throwing a scoreless inning. Then he got his first career win Wednesday night after pitching the final three innings of the A's 12-11, 14-inning win over Chicago. The 26-year-old hasn't allowed a run in his four innings of work and has six strikeouts.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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Thompson's career circles back to South Side

White Sox reacquire former second-rounder from A's for cash, trade Saladino to Brewers
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CHICAGO -- Trayce Thompson began his career with the White Sox as a second-round selection in the 2009 Draft, and the right-handed hitter produced 16 extra-base hits and a .295 average over 135 plate appearances during his '15 White Sox debut.

Now, the outfielder's recent journeys have returned him to the South Side, as the White Sox acquired Thompson from the A's for cash considerations on Thursday evening. Thompson, the brother of the NBA's Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, has bounced around a little this season.

CHICAGO -- Trayce Thompson began his career with the White Sox as a second-round selection in the 2009 Draft, and the right-handed hitter produced 16 extra-base hits and a .295 average over 135 plate appearances during his '15 White Sox debut.

Now, the outfielder's recent journeys have returned him to the South Side, as the White Sox acquired Thompson from the A's for cash considerations on Thursday evening. Thompson, the brother of the NBA's Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, has bounced around a little this season.

Video: OAK@LAD: Klay Thompson reacts to Trayce's HR robbery

He started Spring Training with the Dodgers but was designated for assignment, then was claimed off waivers by the Yankees and then by the A's. The 27-year-old played in three games for Oakland, going 1-for-7 at the plate, before being designated for assignment on Tuesday while the White Sox were in Oakland.

In his Major League career, Thompson has hit .232/.307/.440 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 154 games. He should have a chance to compete for playing time with Adam Engel, a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder presently hitting .179 with a .488 OPS.

Thompson takes the place of infielder Tyler Saladino on the active roster, with Saladino being traded to the Brewers for cash considerations Thursday. Saladino, 28, had spent his four-year career with the White Sox and played in six games this season, including three starts. He was 2-for-8 with a double, and in his career, Saladino has hit .231/.281/.330 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs in 246 games.

Video: TB@CWS: Saladino picks up his first hit of the season

"I had the fans in mind every day and worked my hardest to make them proud one way or another," Saladino told MLB.com of his time in Chicago.

Saladino hit .282 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 2016, but battled back problems he feared at times were career-ending in '17. He came back healthy and earned an '18 Opening Day roster spot with the White Sox.

The White Sox still have a three-person bench made up of catcher Omar Narvaez, Thompson and Leury Garcia, who figures to be the time's primary utility infielder.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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Crew acquires infielder Saladino from Sox

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers sent cash to the White Sox on Thursday for versatile infielder Tyler Saladino and optioned the 28-year-old to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Saladino has appeared at every position but pitcher and catcher for the White Sox over the past four seasons while hitting .231/.281/.330 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 863 career plate appearances. He made Chicago's Opening Day roster and was 2-for-8 to start the season.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers sent cash to the White Sox on Thursday for versatile infielder Tyler Saladino and optioned the 28-year-old to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Saladino has appeared at every position but pitcher and catcher for the White Sox over the past four seasons while hitting .231/.281/.330 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 863 career plate appearances. He made Chicago's Opening Day roster and was 2-for-8 to start the season.

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To make room on their full 40-man roster, the Brewers designated well-traveled right-hander Alec Asher for assignment, two days after claiming him off waivers from the Dodgers.

Last call
• Left-handed reliever Boone Logan, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, threw 25 fastballs in Wednesday's successful bullpen session and reported feeling "great." He might mix in a few sliders in his next mound session this weekend.

• Fans can track progress of the Brewers' Spring Training renovation via a streaming video camera at Brewers.com/ConstructionCam, the club announced Thursday. Crews broke ground at the end of March on a $56-$60 million renovation of Maryvale Baseball Park.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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Perdomo optioned to Triple-A to work out kinks

Move clears roster room for Yates' reinstatement from DL
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SAN DIEGO -- After parts of three seasons in the big leagues, Luis Perdomo is headed to Triple-A after all.

The Padres optioned the 24-year-old right-hander to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday afternoon, reinstating righty setup man Kirby Yates (right ankle tendinitis) from the 10-day disabled list.

SAN DIEGO -- After parts of three seasons in the big leagues, Luis Perdomo is headed to Triple-A after all.

The Padres optioned the 24-year-old right-hander to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday afternoon, reinstating righty setup man Kirby Yates (right ankle tendinitis) from the 10-day disabled list.

The move comes less than 24 hours after Perdomo's worst start as a big leaguer. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) over three innings in a 13-4 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday. His ERA jumped to 8.36 in the process, and he's surrendered 26 hits in 14 innings on some very hard contact.

Video: SD@COL: Perdomo K's Tauchman with the bases loaded

"We've done a lot to try to give him every opportunity to be successful at this level, and he's given the effort, man," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He cares. He's doing everything he possibly can. He's working hard. It's just not happening."

Perdomo's journey has been anything but orthodox. He joined the Padres via the 2015 Rule 5 Draft, having not pitched an inning above Class A Advanced. He was very impressive during the second half of the '16 season, but seemingly hasn't made strides since.

The club hopes a stint in Triple-A will help Perdomo address some of his issues -- most notably bettering the command of his power sinker.

In Perdomo's absence, the Padres have a vacancy in their rotation that needs to be filled by Tuesday in Colorado. Many have clamored for No. 12 prospect Eric Lauer, who is off to a strong start with El Paso. Lauer has a 3.00 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings this season.

 Video: CLE@SD: Lauer gets Encarnacion swinging in the 1st

He's among the options being considered for that spot. But the club will grapple with the question of whether Lauer would be best served to begin his career at Coors Field.

Perhaps the likeliest option is left-hander Robbie Erlin, who took Perdomo's place in the rotation on Monday, while Perdomo was suspended for throwing behind Nolan Arenado last week.

Erlin was touched for six runs (four earned) over three innings by the Dodgers in that start, but he's been very sharp otherwise out of the bullpen this year.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Mets sign Worley, Copeland for pitching depth

Right-handers added on Minor League deals; Griffin released
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ATLANTA -- The Mets fleshed out their organizational depth with a pair of former big league starters this week, inking Vance Worley and Scott Copeland to Minor League contracts. The team also released another former big leaguer, A.J. Griffin.

Both Worley and Copeland will report to extended spring workouts in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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ATLANTA -- The Mets fleshed out their organizational depth with a pair of former big league starters this week, inking Vance Worley and Scott Copeland to Minor League contracts. The team also released another former big leaguer, A.J. Griffin.

Both Worley and Copeland will report to extended spring workouts in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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The team is plenty familiar with Worley, 30, a third-round Draft pick of the Phillies who spent time in Philadelphia's rotation from 2010-12, and in Miami's last season. In between, Worley appeared for the Twins, Pirates and Orioles. He has a 35-36 record with a 4.09 ERA in eight seasons. The right-hander was in Spring Training with the Reds but was released after posting a 6.17 ERA in seven relief appareances. He had a 6.91 ERA in 12 starts and 12 relief appearances for the Marlins in 2017.

Copeland, 30, has not appeared in the Majors since 2015 with the Blue Jays. He spent the entirety of last season at the Marlins' Triple-A New Orleans affiliate, going 9-11 with a 4.97 ERA in 26 starts.

Those two should more than fill the gap left by Griffin, whom the Mets released after he allowed 16 runs in three innings at Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets had signed Griffin in February to provide a measure of upper-level rotation depth, but his struggles eliminated him as a realistic option to contribute this season.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Marlins call up Gonzalez; O'Grady put on DL

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MILWAUKEE -- Merandy Gonzalez, one of the Marlins' top pitching prospects, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday to provide depth in the bullpen.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, Gonzalez is getting his first big league callup because Chris O'Grady was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a left shoulder strain.

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MILWAUKEE -- Merandy Gonzalez, one of the Marlins' top pitching prospects, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday to provide depth in the bullpen.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, Gonzalez is getting his first big league callup because Chris O'Grady was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a left shoulder strain.

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Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings in his Major League debut on Thursday night, as the Marlins fell, 12-3, to the Brewers.

With O'Grady on the DL, the Marlins don't have a left-hander in their bullpen. Gonzalez, who is being groomed to start, will fill a bullpen role.

"Merandy, for now, will be in that [long-relief] role," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Tyler Cloyd and Gonzalez are now the Marlins' two primary long relievers. But Cloyd, who threw 87 pitches in relief on Monday in a 12-1 loss at the Yankees, won't be available for a few more days.

"We think [Gonzalez], obviously, is a starter," Mattingly said. "He was starting in Double-A. He seemed like the right guy for us right now. Obviously, there were other options. But right now, he will be throwing early, kind of like Jarlin [Garcia] was doing earlier in the season. If somebody gets in trouble early, you have a chance for a longer outing."

Garcia opened the season in long relief, but has since moved into the rotation.

The Marlins acquired Gonzalez from the Mets last July in the AJ Ramos trade. In two starts at Jacksonville, Gonzalez was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, logging 10 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks.

"When I got the call, it was one of the more emotional moments of my career," Gonzalez said. "It's been five years since I've wanted to get the call and be up here. It was a great moment."

After joining the Marlins' system last season, Gonzalez threw 24 1/3 innings with a 1.11 ERA in five appearances (three starts) for Class A Advanced Jupiter.

Gonzalez was with the big league club in Spring Training, but the intention was to get him to Double-A so he could work as a starter.

"One of the biggest thing I was working on was controlling the inside part of the zone," Gonzalez said. "If you can control that area, you really aren't giving the hitters much chance to have success. That as well as working on my breaking pitches."

O'Grady has a 6.43 ERA with seven strikeouts in eight appearances over seven innings. He last appeared on Monday in a 12-1 loss at the Yankees. O'Grady returned to Miami and is being evaluated by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Video: MIA@PHI: O'Grady strikes out Herrera swinging

Not having a left-handed option in the bullpen is not ideal, but Mattingly said that the call was made to get the best fits at this time.

"I'd like to have three," Mattingly said. "But right now, we don't have one. It's always tough without the lefty. It makes it harder for you. We've always said we'd rather have the best guy out there than a lefty just because he's a lefty."

Worth noting
Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow) made his first rehab start for Jupiter on Tuesday. He allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings and struck out four. Chen was set to throw a bullpen session on Thursday and is expected to make another rehab start.

Martin Prado (left hamstring) started his rehab assignment and is scheduled to play six innings at third base for Jupiter on Thursday.

Dan Straily (right forearm strain) threw five innings in a rehab start on Wednesday for Jupiter and will be evaluated on where he will next pitch.

• Shortstop JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) is expected to play three innings at shortstop on Friday in an extended spring training game.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Yankees sign Lind to Minor League contract

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The Yankees continue to add more power as they signed first baseman Adam Lind to a Minor League contract Wednesday. Lind is scheduled to report to extended spring training at the Yankees' Player Development Complex in Tampa on Thursday.

Lind, 34, initially signed with the Yankees early in Spring Training. In five spring games, he hit .200 and had one RBI. He was released on March 14; this will be his second stint with the club.

The Yankees continue to add more power as they signed first baseman Adam Lind to a Minor League contract Wednesday. Lind is scheduled to report to extended spring training at the Yankees' Player Development Complex in Tampa on Thursday.

Lind, 34, initially signed with the Yankees early in Spring Training. In five spring games, he hit .200 and had one RBI. He was released on March 14; this will be his second stint with the club.

Last season, Lind hit .303 (81-for-267) with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 116 games with the Nationals. He made 30 starts at first base, 25 starts in left field and six starts as a designated hitter.

Lind could fill a role as a power bat off the bench with the Yankees. For his career, he has hit 200 home runs and has 723 RBIs. He is also a strong pinch-hitter, batting .324 in 156 plate appearances.

Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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Dodgers place Hill on DL, call up Liberatore

Left-hander dealing with finger inflammation unrelated to past blister issues; Jansen's closer role 'absolutely not' at risk
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SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday and placed left-hander Rich Hill (left middle finger inflammation) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15.

Hill cracked his nail in his last start and was unable to throw his bullpen session on Tuesday. While Hill said he's "frustrated," he doesn't think the ailment will be a long-term issue.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday and placed left-hander Rich Hill (left middle finger inflammation) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15.

Hill cracked his nail in his last start and was unable to throw his bullpen session on Tuesday. While Hill said he's "frustrated," he doesn't think the ailment will be a long-term issue.

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Hill last pitched on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, when he allowed seven runs on seven hits in five innings as he recorded his first loss of the season. In three starts this year, the southpaw has gone 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA (10 earned runs, 15 innings pitched) and has struck out 16 batters against seven walks.

"We're going to rest it for a few days and then come back," Hill said. "It's more of a precautionary thing. We want to get ahead of it now and not nurse it the entire season. We want to deal with it and get it done."

Hill has been derailed in the past with blisters on the fingers of his throwing hand. But he stressed that had nothing to do with his latest injury.

"It's just the nail that cracked and it's kind of one of those things where you don't have as much nail bend," Hill said. "So it just inhibits the command of the fastball."

Video: SF@LAD: Hill fans five across six scoreless innings

Hill was scheduled to start the series opener against the visiting Washington Nationals on Friday night. The Dodgers could keep Clayton Kershaw on his regular turn and switch him from Saturday's game to Friday's. They could also summon a reinforcement from the Minors or have multiple relievers handle the start.

"It just came upon us, so we are trying to figure it out," manager Dave Roberts said. "Clayton is an option if we move him up, or do we call someone else up and try to figure it out. So we are not set on our rotation. We are trying to talk our way through it."

Roberts, like Hill, said blisters are not in play.

"It's a different thing,'' Roberts said. "It's more of the nail itself, but I think for us, where we are right now and the history of stuff with him, we're just going to be prudent. Potentially, he might miss just one start, so we are not going to push it right now."

Liberatore, 30, has appeared in five games with the OKC Dodgers this season, going 1-0 and has not allowed an earned run in 6 1/3 innings of relief. He has struck out nine batters against two walks, while holding the opposition to a .240 average. The southpaw appeared in seven Cactus League games, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 6 2/3 innings, while striking out seven against four walks. Liberatore appeared in just four games with the Dodgers last season, allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings (2.70 ERA), but had several injuries.

"Lib can give us some length as far as two innings," Roberts said. "With his ability of getting a left-hander and a right-hander out and his potential for two innings, it just made more sense."

Jansen's woes
Kenley Jansen strolled through the clubhouse, whistling as he walked. If he was stressed over his latest struggles, it didn't show.

But less than 24 hours from blowing his second save in four chances, the Dodgers are no closer to deciphering what's wrong with their two-time All-Star.

"We are still trying to figure it out," Roberts said. "And really, we have no answer yet."

Jansen entered the ninth on Tuesday night with a 3-1 lead. But he allowed the Padres to tie the score in a game the Dodgers eventually won, 7-3, in 12 innings.

Video: LAD@SD: Headley laces a game-tying RBI double

"The one thing that was encouraging was his velocity was better than it had been," Roberts said. "But the other side of it was the characteristics of his cutter weren't doing what they were supposed to do. The health component, he keeps checking those boxes. It's more of just finishing that pitch at the end and getting the cut."

What Roberts isn't considering is moving Jansen out of his closer role.

"No, absolutely not," he said. "If there's a save situation tonight or a potential non-save situation to keep the game close, I have no hesitancy to run him out there.

"I think we are a ways from that. I think he has earned that and sometimes, with his track record, and guys like that, you have to let them work through it. It is more difficult when you are talking about the closer. It's not a mental thing, it's execution. So that is not our mind right now."

Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Gamel activated; Miranda optioned to Triple-A

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SEATTLE -- Left fielder Ben Gamel, who had been sidelined for six weeks with a strained right oblique muscle, was activated off the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday as the Mariners continued regaining missing offensive pieces.

Left-hander Ariel Miranda, who pitched five innings of one-run ball in a spot start in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.

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SEATTLE -- Left fielder Ben Gamel, who had been sidelined for six weeks with a strained right oblique muscle, was activated off the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday as the Mariners continued regaining missing offensive pieces.

Left-hander Ariel Miranda, who pitched five innings of one-run ball in a spot start in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.

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Catcher Mike Zunino is also expected to return from a strained oblique on Friday, when the Mariners open a 10-game road trip against the Rangers in Texas. Zunino was set to play his third rehab game for Class A Advanced Modesto on Wednesday, while first baseman Ryon Healy could head out on a rehab assignment this weekend as he works back from a sprained right ankle.

The Mariners already added designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who came off the disabled list Saturday, while right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez is expected to rejoin the rotation Sunday in Texas to take the fifth-starter spot that Miranda filled Tuesday.

Gamel has played in 10 Minor League rehab games, five with Modesto and the last five with Tacoma. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's 8-2 victory over Albuquerque and has hit .278 with a double and four walks in five games for the Rainiers after batting .294 with one double and four walks for Modesto.

"I feel good, 100 percent," Gamel said. "I'm ready to roll."

The 25-year-old played 134 games for Seattle as a rookie last season, posting a .275/.322/.413 line with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Gamel's return gives the Mariners five outfielders, for now. The club signed Ichiro Suzuki to help in left field after Gamel injured his oblique on March 2, but Gamel is expected to get the bulk of playing time there.

"Ben is going to play," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He had a nice season for us last year. We'll take it day to day, matchup-wise, where it goes from there. We're carrying five outfielders. It's a little different, but that's what we're going with and we'll let you know when it changes."

Guillermo Heredia will continue playing against left-handed pitchers.

"He's done a nice job for us and we certainly know he's a plus-plus defender," Servais said. "What he does defensively is awesome. We still have to keep him going with a spot start here or there against a righty, but primarily it's going to be against left-handed pitching. Ben and Ichiro will get the bulk of the time against the righties."

Sending Miranda down gives the club a few days to decide whether to go with eight relievers or five outfielders, but another roster move will be needed when Ramirez is recalled.

Another decision will loom whenever Healy returns, as that will mean either sending down rookie first baseman Daniel Vogelbach or opting again to go with one fewer outfielder or reliever.

The initial plan was to carry just one first baseman, with utility man Andrew Romine capable of backing up there, as needed, but Vogelbach had a huge spring and has hit a pair of home runs while batting .242 filling in at first base and designated hitter in the early going this season.

Healy took part in Wednesday's pregame work again with the rest of the club and tested the ankle with some running drills. Servais said he'll likely head to either Tacoma or Double-A Arkansas this weekend.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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