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CarGo goes on DL; Rox call up Dahl, Cuevas

Parra begins serving 4-game suspension, Tauchman assigned to Triple-A
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DENVER -- Amid the Rockies' Sunday morning roster moves, David Dahl made his long-anticipated return to the Majors and Noel Cuevas made his first trip to the bigs. Both outfielders came from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The reinforcements became necessary when Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension for his role in an April 11 bench-clearing incident vs. the Padres. The Rockies also placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list with right hamstring soreness and optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman (1-for-23, three walks, 11 strikeouts) to Albuquerque.

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DENVER -- Amid the Rockies' Sunday morning roster moves, David Dahl made his long-anticipated return to the Majors and Noel Cuevas made his first trip to the bigs. Both outfielders came from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The reinforcements became necessary when Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension for his role in an April 11 bench-clearing incident vs. the Padres. The Rockies also placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list with right hamstring soreness and optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman (1-for-23, three walks, 11 strikeouts) to Albuquerque.

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Dahl, a first-round pick (10th overall) by the Rockies in the 2012 Draft, excited the Rockies' faithful in 2016 when he hit .315 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in his 63-game Major League debut, but last year, a stress reaction in his rib wouldn't go away and eventually led to back problems. He didn't appear in the Majors, and was shut down at Albuquerque on July 31.

After two strong games to start this Triple-A season, Dahl came down with a stomach virus and didn't play for 11 days. Overall, he has hit .231 with two doubles and five RBIs in six games in Albuquerque, but feels healthy.

"It's been a while since I've been back, so I'm just excited, ready to get out there and play," said Dahl, who said his strength came back quickly after recovering from the illness.

This spring, a rusty Dahl began 0-for-15 but went 17-for-47 (.362) with five home runs, three doubles and a triple the rest of the way. Manager Bud Black said he wanted Dahl to get into the swing of playing regularly before bringing him back to the Majors.

Video: Dahl, Black on Dahl's promotion to the Major Leagues

"The at-bats have been really good, and I'm trying to carry that up here. And defensively, I feel like I made some good plays in Albuquerque," Dahl said.

Cuevas, 26, was a 21st-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2010 Draft. He came to the Rockies in the Dodgers' trade for relief pitcher Juan Nicasio in December 2014. Cuevas' breakthrough began last year at Albuquerque (.312-.353-.487 slugging) and continued early this year; he was hitting .333 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games.

During Spring Training, Cuevas, a native of Camuy, Puerto Rico, brought attention to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria on his home island.

"It means the world to my family, it means the world to the island of Puerto Rico, and especially my city of Camuy," Cuevas said. "I think everybody is going to be watching today in my city, and I love 'em all. I feel the good vibes."

Video: CIN@COL: Cuevas draws a bases-loaded walk in the 7th

While Dahl is a left-handed hitter, Cuevas gives the roster a needed righty hitter; both callups were in the lineup Sunday as the Cubs started lefty Jose Quintana. Cuevas also gives the Rockies a righty bench bat alongside Pat Valaika on other days.

Gonzalez suffered the injury while making a 5-star catch in Wednesday's 10-2 loss at Pittsburgh. Although he is improving -- he took batting practice before Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Cubs, the need to bring in outfield reinforcements led to his DL placement.

"The thing that put us over the top was with Parra's suspension starting today and CarGo not 100 percent, we maybe would've been down to 23 players," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "I mean, CarGo was available to pinch-hit and give us an at-bat, but we probably would have had to run for him. He isn't able to play defense the next couple days."

Gonzalez's DL placement is retroactive to Thursday.

Hoffman's status changed

The Rockies announced that they've rescinded the option to Triple-A Albuquerque for righty Jeff Hoffman, who is working his way back from right shoulder soreness suffered in Spring Training. Hoffman will stay at Albuquerque, but officially he's on the 10-day disabled list and on a Minor League rehab assignment. In Hoffman's last start, he retired the last 11 batters he faced.

Earth Day power

MLB celebrated Earth Day on Sunday. The Rockies are one of nine clubs that celebrate it all the time, since they use solar power at Coors Field.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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Mariners option Heredia, keep Ichiro as 4th OF

Right-hander Ramirez activated from 10-day DL; M's observe Earth Day; Gordon out of Sunday's starting lineup
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ARLINGTON -- Faced with the necessity of a roster move to activate Sunday's starter, Erasmo Ramirez, the Mariners decided the best bet was to send down an outfielder. At least based on recent performance, Ichiro Suzuki would have seemed the odd man out -- but the future Hall of Famer is staying, at least for now, and Guillermo Heredia is headed to Triple-A Tacoma.

Heredia has a slash line of .310/.417/.552 in 29 at-bats this season, with a double, two homers and four RBIs. Ichiro is at .212/.212/.212 with seven hits, all singles, in 33 at-bats.

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ARLINGTON -- Faced with the necessity of a roster move to activate Sunday's starter, Erasmo Ramirez, the Mariners decided the best bet was to send down an outfielder. At least based on recent performance, Ichiro Suzuki would have seemed the odd man out -- but the future Hall of Famer is staying, at least for now, and Guillermo Heredia is headed to Triple-A Tacoma.

Heredia has a slash line of .310/.417/.552 in 29 at-bats this season, with a double, two homers and four RBIs. Ichiro is at .212/.212/.212 with seven hits, all singles, in 33 at-bats.

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Ichiro happens to bat left-handed, though, unlike Heredia, and that's one reason he's staying, manager Scott Servais said before Sunday's game against the Rangers. The other factor, Servais said, is that they didn't feel comfortable sending down a reliever from their recently taxed bullpen.

"Based on where that's gone the last couple days with our starting pitching and how much we've relied on the bullpen, that really wasn't an option," Servais said. "After that, looking at the upcoming schedule really did play into it. We have seven consecutive right-handed starters after today.

"Heredia has done a nice job for us. He certainly has got a role with us. Our whole group thought playing time-wise, over the next week … the rest of the road trip is right-handed starters, so that's where it went. Heredia will be back with us, he's a good player, we love the way he plays and how he goes about it. Again, it's about managing all the pieces, and that's the decision that we made."

So Ichiro, who started in right field Sunday, will be the fourth outfielder in Chicago and Cleveland. Servais acknowledged that the 44-year-old, one of the most accomplished players ever to wear a Mariners uniform, has not made massive contributions to the club thus far this season.

Video: Must C Catch: Ichiro leaps to rob Ramirez of a homer

"Ichi's had some days that have been more productive than others," Servais said. "I think when he's come in, he's given us what we thought we were going to get in the sense of he puts the bat on the ball. He's made a couple decent plays in the outfield and a couple others, he didn't great jumps on. But I love having him around. I think he's been a very good influence in our clubhouse and what he does there, and like I said, we'll see how this plays out over the next week, 10 days or so."

Heredia and Ichiro had similar performances at the plate last season. Heredia played in 123 games last year for the Mariners, batting .249 with a .652 OPS. Ichiro played in 136 games for the Marlins, posting a .255 average and a .649 OPS.

On Earth Day, Mariners lead the league in eco-efforts
Major League Baseball joined in on the Earth Day celebrations Sunday, and the Mariners are one of the league's leaders in sustainability efforts. Last year, they won the inaugural "Green Glove" award presented by MLB to the eco-friendliest club.

Among Seattle's environmentally conscious efforts are the installation of LED field lighting at Safeco Field; the league's best recycling practices with 96 percent of Safeco Field's waste diverted from landfills; a public-transit partnership with Sound Transit to provide free access to fans heading to the ballpark; solar power at the stadium; and club-operated gardens that are used to source food for Safeco concessions.

Also, Mariners front-office employees have been celebrating Earth Day throughout the entire month of April, with volunteer opportunities at urban farms and non-profit organizations.

Gordon out with minor foot issue
In Sunday's series finale, Servais kept center fielder Dee Gordon, who had a sore foot, out of the starting lineup but said Gordon would be available as a substitute later in the game if necessary.

Gordon had a key double in Saturday's win and is hitting .325 with nine stolen bases. He had started every game this season prior to Sunday.

"It is really hard to take him out," Servais said. "I love having his energy and the pressure he puts on the other team … it's more precautionary."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Waino goes on DL with elbow inflammation

Right-hander Brebbia recalled from Triple-A Memphis
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ST. LOUIS -- Somewhere over the course of five innings on Tuesday in Chicago, Adam Wainwright felt a familiar twinge. Back in the Busch Stadium bullpen this weekend, Wainwright felt it again.

The elbow pain, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny characterized, was akin to the kind that compromised Wainwright's 2017 campaign. Sunday, it landed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list, already for the second time this season.

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ST. LOUIS -- Somewhere over the course of five innings on Tuesday in Chicago, Adam Wainwright felt a familiar twinge. Back in the Busch Stadium bullpen this weekend, Wainwright felt it again.

The elbow pain, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny characterized, was akin to the kind that compromised Wainwright's 2017 campaign. Sunday, it landed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list, already for the second time this season.

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"Obviously concerned with the feeling in his arm," Matheny said. "He felt it a couple times his last start, which was a good start. But in his bullpen, something just wasn't right."

Video: STL@CHC: Wainwright K's Schwarber, escapes jam

Slowed by elbow issues of varying degrees over the course of his 13-year career, Wainwright most recently needed surgery last October to alleviate a bone bruise. He underwent the same arthroscopic procedure following the 2014 season, and missed all of '11 due to Tommy John surgery.

Wainwright needed six weeks of recovery from the most recent procedure, which shaved an oversized piece of cartilage that limited his 2017 season to 23 starts. When on the mound, the injury starkly affected his velocity and effectiveness.

Wainwright went 12-5 with a career-worst 5.11 ERA in 2017. He compiled a 1-2 record with a 3.45 ERA over his first three starts this season, after a full spring absent of elbow pain.

"He has those early symptoms, that's why I think we can be more aggressive with it," Matheny said. "Let's stop it right here, get ahead of it."

Tweet from @UncleCharlie50: All will be well in a few days.

Wainwright was not available for comment, but tweeted: "All will be well in a few days."

His injury gives the Cardinals a vacancy in their rotation for Tuesday, when the 36-year-old was scheduled to make his fourth start of the season, against the Mets. The club recalled right-hander John Brebbia in a corresponding move meant more toward shoring up the club's bullpen depth for its Sunday game against the Reds.

"We're still weighing those options right now," Matheny said, when asked who would start Tuesday.

Because of Monday's upcoming off-day and last week's choppy weather schedule, the club doesn't technically need a starter until Friday in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals could move Luke Weaver up to start Tuesday, with Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Miles Mikolas behind him all on regular rest.

But the Cardinals could also promote No. 2 prospect Jack Flaherty, who is lined up to start after pitching on Thursday. Flaherty started in Wainwright's place earlier this month in Milwaukee, when the veteran strained his left hamstring.

Video: STL@MIL: Flaherty strikes out nine over five innings

Flaherty struck out nine over five innings against the Brewers, then went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA over three starts at Triple-A Memphis. Club officials routinely characterized the 22-year-old Flaherty as its first option should the starting rotation spring a leak.

Pham sits again
The Cardinals continue to be cautious with center fielder Tommy Pham, who sat for the third time in four games on Sunday due to a minor groin injury. The club hopes he can return to the lineup following Monday's off-day.

Earth day initiatives
All across Major League Baseball, teams are participating in a wide variety of season-long initiatives to promote sustainability. Many of those came into focus on Sunday's Earth Day.

The Cardinals' role in these efforts is twofold. Busch Stadium is one of 11 MLB ballparks that operates its own garden or farm, all of which is utilized to source food for concession stands and restaurants. In addition to providing food, the Busch Stadium garden also serves as a teaching tool to inform the public about the importance of its local environment, a ballpark tour highlight and as a fan-gathering spot throughout a game.

The Cardinals are also one of nine clubs to utilize solar power at their ballpark. The club will increase its commitment to green power by approximately 12,000 REC (Renewable energy certificate) in 2018, enough to offset all of its gameday energy usage for the entire season.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Petit returns to A's 'pen; Lucas sent to Triple-A

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OAKLAND -- The A's on Saturday had movement in their bullpen, yet again. Yusmeiro Petit returned from the family medical emergency list, prompting the club to return Josh Lucas to Triple-A Nashville following an impressive showing against the Red Sox.

Lucas needed just 25 pitches to get through three scoreless innings in his A's debut Friday night, offering another glimpse into the team's relief depth. Earlier in the week, hard-throwing Lou Trivino gave the A's similar work in his debut.

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OAKLAND -- The A's on Saturday had movement in their bullpen, yet again. Yusmeiro Petit returned from the family medical emergency list, prompting the club to return Josh Lucas to Triple-A Nashville following an impressive showing against the Red Sox.

Lucas needed just 25 pitches to get through three scoreless innings in his A's debut Friday night, offering another glimpse into the team's relief depth. Earlier in the week, hard-throwing Lou Trivino gave the A's similar work in his debut.

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"First look was really good," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I'd kinda be surprised if we didn't see him again at some point.

"During the course of the season, we need depth, so we feel a little bit better about our relief options if we need to reach down and get a couple of these guys."

A's pitchers have been susceptible to the long ball this season, relievers included. Oakland's bullpen is responsible for a Major League-worst 14 homers this season -- four to Emilio Pagan's name. In a situation that would have typically been reserved for Petit, Pagan offered up a go-ahead grand slam to Mitch Moreland in the sixth inning on Friday night.

Melvin maintained his trust in Pagan, who has allowed runs in six of his 10 outings with his new team.

"He's a guy that we brought in here to pitch in games like that," Melvin said. "That's probably going to be Petit's role if we have a second lefty. But when guys aren't available, you have to go to other guys, and we still have a lot of faith in Pagan.

"He's got a good riding fastball, maybe should've tried to use that at that point instead of a first-pitch slider, but sometimes you have to ride through some bumps with some guys, and if you feel like it goes on for too long, then change the roles up a bit."

Phegley joins Nashville

Catcher Josh Phegley was reinstated from the disabled list Saturday and optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

Phegley sustained fractures to the fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand during Spring Training and was out of action until April 10, when he began a Minor League rehab assignment. Between Class A Advanced Stockton and Nashville, he was 4-for-25.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Mets option Bautista, recall Oswalt for bullpen

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ATLANTA -- Gerson Bautista's initial stay with the Mets was brief and ineffective. But considering the Mets' season-long bullpen strategy, he is likely to return before long.

The Mets on Saturday optioned Bautista to Double-A Binghamton, recalling right-hander Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place. Bautista appeared in two games with the Mets in his first taste of the big leagues, allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings. He averaged 96 mph on his fastball and topped out at 98 -- both down from reports of triple-digit heat last summer.

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ATLANTA -- Gerson Bautista's initial stay with the Mets was brief and ineffective. But considering the Mets' season-long bullpen strategy, he is likely to return before long.

The Mets on Saturday optioned Bautista to Double-A Binghamton, recalling right-hander Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place. Bautista appeared in two games with the Mets in his first taste of the big leagues, allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings. He averaged 96 mph on his fastball and topped out at 98 -- both down from reports of triple-digit heat last summer.

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"We just told him to go down there and continue to work and improve," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said of Bautista, whom the Mets acquired as part of the Addison Reed trade last July. "He's done such a good job from last year coming into Spring Training, and he looked great, and he's had a great season so far. We'll continue to communicate with his Minor League pitching coaches and continue to get him better."

Oswalt returns for his second stint with the Mets, though he never had a chance to make his big league debut in the first one. In two starts for Las Vegas, Oswalt went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 12 strikeouts and four walks in nine innings.

Already this month, the Mets have made six bullpen transactions, aiming to keep as many relievers as fresh as possible. Bautista, Oswalt, Jacob Rhame and Hansel Robles are among those who have shuttled back and forth from the Minor Leagues.

Missing links
A day after Yoenis Cespedes acknowledged he is considering golfing again as a way to bust his early-season slump, Callaway said he's fine with it -- as long as the hobby doesn't interfere with Cespedes' daily responsibilities.

"I think golf is like anything else," Callaway said. "If he does it the right way, he's smart about it -- off-days, days when we come in and we're not taking BP -- and it doesn't fatigue him or affect baseball, then guys can do what they want away from the field."

An avid golfer, Cespedes says the game forces him to concentrate on swing mechanics, allowing him to break out of slumps. But he gave it up last summer amid criticism that he was spending too much time at the golf course, interfering with his ability to avoid the types of leg injuries that have dogged him for much of his Mets career.

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

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Leclerc pressed into relief duty after callup

Right-hander works two scoreless frames in Rangers' loss
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers reinforced their bullpen by calling up Jose Leclerc from Triple-A Round Rock before Saturday night's game against the Mariners. In a corresponding move, outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Round Rock.

Leclerc was used right away, pitching two scoreless innings in the 9-7 loss. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out two.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers reinforced their bullpen by calling up Jose Leclerc from Triple-A Round Rock before Saturday night's game against the Mariners. In a corresponding move, outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Round Rock.

Leclerc was used right away, pitching two scoreless innings in the 9-7 loss. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out two.

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This is Leclerc's second tour with the Rangers. He was on the Opening Day roster and pitched three scoreless innings over three games before being optioned on April 5. He pitched 4 2/3 innings at Round Rock, allowing four runs on three hits, five walks and nine strikeouts. Opponents were 3-for-17 off him.

Rua was optioned to Round Rock on Monday, but he was given a temporary reprieve the following day when reliever Tony Barnette went on the disabled list. Rua is hitting .178 with one home run and three RBIs.

Leclerc may have another short stay with the Rangers as outfielder Delino DeShields is getting ready to come off the disabled list. Barnette is also eligible to be activated on Wednesday.

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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Padres activate Margot; Renfroe (elbow) to DL

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PHOENIX -- The Padres gained an outfielder and lost another, continuing a trend early in this season.

The club reinstated center fielder Manuel Margot from the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the D-backs, which the Padres lost, 6-2. He suffered bruised ribs when he was drilled by a pitch in Colorado on April 10. However, right fielder Hunter Renfroe was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with right elbow inflammation.

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PHOENIX -- The Padres gained an outfielder and lost another, continuing a trend early in this season.

The club reinstated center fielder Manuel Margot from the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the D-backs, which the Padres lost, 6-2. He suffered bruised ribs when he was drilled by a pitch in Colorado on April 10. However, right fielder Hunter Renfroe was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with right elbow inflammation.

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Margot is scheduled to bat leadoff Saturday at Chase Field. Franchy Cordero, who played in center in Margot's absence, is in right field in place of Wil Myers, who returned from the disabled list on Friday and is getting the day off to ease back into things.

"It's good to have Manny back," Padres manager Andy Green said. "I think defense is where he solidifies us up the middle in a big way. We were under the belief that he was going to take off as well offensively, had some good at-bats before he got hit."

Margot hit .159 through the first 11 games of the season before suffering the injury. He was moved down in the lineup because of early struggles.

"The hits weren't really showing up, but I was putting good swings on the ball, and I think at this level especially, that's what you're trying to do," Margot said through an interpreter before Saturday's game. "You're trying to make hard contact and know that will bring good things."

Margot said he started to feel improvement in his ribs about four days after he was hit by the pitch. He began with light activity, then increased the intensity as he went.

He estimated that he took about 12 at-bats in extended spring training. Green on Friday said Margot had felt good, but that the club wanted him to get his timing back before officially returning to action.

Margot returns without trepidation about something like the Colorado incident happening again.

"Those are things that happen in the game and you can't really think about it too much, because you don't want to be out there thinking about that and playing scared or anything like that," he said.

Green said Renfroe, on the other hand, "played with one arm for about a week and a half." He said Renfroe did so because the team was so thin in the outfield without two regulars in Myers and Margot.

"He's had at-bats where he's swinging with one hand," Green said. "He gave everything he could and this is, for him, the best thing -- to let him rest a bit."

Video: SF@SD: Renfroe belts go-ahead two-run homer in 7th

Still, the Padres are getting back to full strength. 

"Of course it helps whenever you get all your horses back," hitting coach Matt Stairs said. "Obviously you're missing Renfroe or whatever, but to have all your horses in the lineup, it's like, 'Here we go.' We saw some great things this Spring Training from all of the players."

Strahm and Rea throw bullpens

Matt Strahm (knee) and Colin Rea (shoulder) each threw a bullpen in Arizona on Friday, Green said.

"What role we choose to bring [Strahm] back in will be predicated on what we have in the rotation and what happens in the bullpen, but he's a guy that could swing either way," Green said. "In Colin's case, it's probably over a month away. Hasn't thrown in a game yet, hasn't thrown live BP yet. But he looks strong, it's good to see."

Final thought on Cordero

After Friday's win, Green seemed sure that Cordero's homer -- pegged at 489 feet per Statcast™ -- had to have gone at least 500.

He jokingly continued his argument Saturday.

"It was 500. There's no way that ball's not 90 feet over the fence," he said. "Home to first distance. Think that cleared home to first over that fence. That hit 60 feet above it. So you're telling me it's coming down in the next 90 feet?

"I don't know physics."

Justin Toscano is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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Cubs put Zobrist on DL, call up prospect Bote

Club's No. 14 prospect makes debut in hometown ballpark
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DENVER -- A stretch of rough weather contributed to Ben Zobrist going on the 10-day disabled list Saturday (retroactive to April 18), as he experienced continued tightness in his mid-to-lower back. Zobrist's hard luck spelled good fortune for Colorado native David Bote, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and hit a double in his first MLB at-bat in Saturday's 5-2 Cubs loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, a ballpark where Bote grew up watching baseball as a kid.

As for Zobrist, he's not far from returning.

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DENVER -- A stretch of rough weather contributed to Ben Zobrist going on the 10-day disabled list Saturday (retroactive to April 18), as he experienced continued tightness in his mid-to-lower back. Zobrist's hard luck spelled good fortune for Colorado native David Bote, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and hit a double in his first MLB at-bat in Saturday's 5-2 Cubs loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, a ballpark where Bote grew up watching baseball as a kid.

As for Zobrist, he's not far from returning.

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"I can swing, I can run, but it's just a little uncomfortable to do both of those things at 100 percent," Zobrist said. "I told them I'm at 90 percent, but it's not getting better as fast as I want it to."

The wintry weather has been less than ideal for getting over a back injury, but Zobrist is hopeful he can rejoin the club during the Milwaukee series next weekend in Chicago.

"Who knows, it could still be freezing cold when I come back next weekend," Zobrist said. "It's not September, we're not trying to push for something right now. We just need to stay healthy as a group, and I didn't think it was worth risking a longer time away."

Video: CHC@CWS: Bote makes sliding backhanded stop at second

Zobrist is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with a home run and seven RBIs in 13 games. He has made starts at first base (3), second base (2), left field (2) and right field (3).

The move with Zobrist paved the way for Bote to earn his first Major League callup in the midst of his seventh year of professional baseball. After playing various levels of Class A ball for parts of five seasons, Bote, the Cubs' No. 14 prospect, spent all of 2017 at Double-A Tennessee, where he hit .272 with 30 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 59 RBIs.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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Drury working to alleviate migraine issue

Righty Holder recalled from Triple-A; Warren placed on disabled list
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NEW YORK -- Brandon Drury was on the Yankee Stadium infield early on Saturday morning, his spikes digging into the dirt as he repeatedly rounded first base under the watch of the coaching staff. Sidelined with severe migraines that have caused blurred vision, those simple steps represented progress as he aims to resume playing in games.

"I'm figuring out what's going on, so it's good," Drury said. "We've been doing a lot of work in the back of my neck area. I'm not sure if that's what was causing this, but there was a lot of pressure back there. We're trying to release that."

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NEW YORK -- Brandon Drury was on the Yankee Stadium infield early on Saturday morning, his spikes digging into the dirt as he repeatedly rounded first base under the watch of the coaching staff. Sidelined with severe migraines that have caused blurred vision, those simple steps represented progress as he aims to resume playing in games.

"I'm figuring out what's going on, so it's good," Drury said. "We've been doing a lot of work in the back of my neck area. I'm not sure if that's what was causing this, but there was a lot of pressure back there. We're trying to release that."

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Drury has been on the disabled list since April 7 with the issue, which he said has affected him throughout his career, though he did not disclose it to the D-backs during his previous three big league seasons, and the Yankees say they were unaware of it prior to his February acquisition. While Drury said he is still experiencing migraines, the blurred vision has dissipated.

Video: NYY@TOR: Drury blasts a two-run homer to center

"I think he's a really good player, and if we can get those answers and get this issue put aside, I'm just eager to get him back in there helping us," manager Aaron Boone said. "He was out running the bases this morning. He got his ground-ball work and baserunning in. I know he's hitting. Hopefully we're getting close to him starting to play in some games, wherever that may be."

In Drury's absence, Miguel Andujar has made a solid impression at third base, including hitting his second big league homer in Friday's 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Andujar entered play on Saturday with seven extra-base hits in his past four games.

"I think he's done a better job controlling the strike zone," Boone said. "Early on in his first several games, he was a little bit anxious, maybe a little bit over-aggressive. He's an aggressive hitter, because he can handle so many pitches in the strike zone. I think he's settling in a little bit and getting a little more comfortable."

Video: TOR@NYY: Andujar smacks a solo home run to right

Roster move

The Yankees recalled right-hander Jonathan Holder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Saturday's game, adding a fresh arm to their taxed bullpen. Righty Adam Warren was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right back strain.

"For our bullpen to be what we know they are, we've got to be able to protect them with some innings from our starters," Boone said. "That's obviously something we've got to start getting. It's a priority."

Video: TOR@NYY: Boone, Warren on 10-day disabled list stint

The move came one night after Sonny Gray lasted 3 1/3 innings, with his ERA swelling to 8.27 through four starts. Despite a small drop in velocity, Boone said that he does not believe that Gray's issues are mechanical or physical.

"I think the pitches are there. I think the stuff is there," Boone said. "He's not getting strike one as much as he historically has during his career. … We've got to get him through this, because he's so important to our club. I absolutely believe it's in there. Hopefully we'll look back on this as just a tough start, and maybe he'll be better for having gone through it."

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Toe tap

Boone and several of the Yankees' coaches were amused by Ronald Torreyes' seventh-inning single in Friday's game, in which the utilityman literally threw his bat at a Danny Barnes slider and was rewarded with a single that dropped into left field.

"It was one of those, you kind of look at each other, like, 'Did I see that right?'" Boone said.

Torreyes entered play on Saturday having hit safely in each of his eight starts, batting .500 (14-for-28) in those games. Overall, Friday's 3-for-4 performance raised his season average to .438 (14-for-32).

"He's a pro," Boone said. "He just does a lot of things well, prepares really well. I love watching him prepare, bouncing around different positions, getting all of his work in. He's been a spark for us. Whether he's sitting over there for a while, he goes out and seems to figure it out in the box. Whatever position you throw at him, he seems to get it done."

Bird flying south

Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) has been hitting, running and throwing, and the first baseman expects to continue doing so at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., when the team travels to the West Coast next week.

Bird said that he is about a week away from logging at-bats in extended spring training, and he expects to rejoin the big league lineup in May.

"We'll see how next week goes," Bird said. "We'll come up with more of a game plan after that."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Wright exits first rehab start with stiff back

Poyner set for second outing with Triple-A Pawtucket
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OAKLAND -- Veteran knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is recovering from left knee surgery that he underwent in May, was removed from his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket Friday night after experiencing stiffness in his back.

Wright had thrown 61 pitches in 2 2/3 innings against the Gwinnett Stripers. He had been slated to throw six innings, with an 80-pitch limit.

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OAKLAND -- Veteran knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is recovering from left knee surgery that he underwent in May, was removed from his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket Friday night after experiencing stiffness in his back.

Wright had thrown 61 pitches in 2 2/3 innings against the Gwinnett Stripers. He had been slated to throw six innings, with an 80-pitch limit.

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Wright's rehab assignment on Wednesday, but the timetable for Wright's return to the Red Sox remains unclear. The 33-year-old right-hander started the season on the 10-day disabled list following a platelet-rich plasma injection at the site of his surgery.

Wright notched three strikeouts and two walks while allowing three runs (two earned) against Gwinnett on five hits. He exited after allowing a walk and three singles in the third, including a single and a run scored by Ronald Acuna, MLB Pipeline's No. 2 prospect in baseball.

Upon his return, Wright will need to serve a 15-game suspension for a violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

Poyner set to make second rehab appearance

Rookie left-hander Bobby Poyner will make the second appearance of his rehab assignment on Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket, Cora announced Friday.

The Red Sox have not determined if he will join the team for the upcoming series in Toronto.

"He has [an outing] tomorrow, and then we'll make a decision," Cora said.

Poyner started and pitched one inning for Double-A Portland on Thursday in his first rehab appearance, allowing one hit and striking out one batter. He threw 12 of his 19 pitches for strikes.

The 25-year-old was placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 12 for a left hamstring strain. He was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA over seven innings in six relief appearances after making his first Major League roster following a strong Spring Training, during which he recorded an 0.87 ERA with eight strikeouts and a walk over 10 outings.

Pedroia to join team at home

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia will leave extended spring training and rejoin the Red Sox in Boston next week, as he did last homestand, but his return to action remains undecided. Pedroia has been out after undergoing left knee surgery in October.

Cora may have given a hint as to when the veteran second baseman could potentially return.

"He's doing everything, but it's like the beginning of Spring Training for him," Cora said.

Walden optioned to Triple-A

Right-hander Marcus Walden was optioned to Pawtucket following Thursday's 8-2 win over the Angels to make room for Drew Pomeranz, who was activated before starting Friday night's game against the Athletics in Oakland.

Walden, 29, made his first career Major League Opening Day roster after attending Spring Training with the Red Sox as a non-roster invitee. He has appeared in seven big league games over two stints with Boston, posting a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings and a .220 opponent batting average with 10 strikeouts and three walks. Walden earned Pawtucket's Most Valuable Pitcher Award in 2017, his first season in the Red Sox organization. In 218 career Minor League games (117 of them starts), he is 46-45 with a 3.84 ERA.

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

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Schebler's return gives Reds a power bat

With outfielder activated from DL, lefty Reed optioned to Louisville
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The Reds regained a power bat on Friday, when they activated outfielder Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list. To make room on the roster, they optioned left-hander Cody Reed to Triple-A Louisville.

Schebler was called on to pinch-hit for reliever Dylan Floro in the top of the seventh in the Reds' 4-2 loss to the Cardinals on Friday night. But before he could see a pitch, he was lifted for Devin Mesoraco after the Cardinals pulled starter Michael Wacha in favor of lefty Tyler Lyons.

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The Reds regained a power bat on Friday, when they activated outfielder Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list. To make room on the roster, they optioned left-hander Cody Reed to Triple-A Louisville.

Schebler was called on to pinch-hit for reliever Dylan Floro in the top of the seventh in the Reds' 4-2 loss to the Cardinals on Friday night. But before he could see a pitch, he was lifted for Devin Mesoraco after the Cardinals pulled starter Michael Wacha in favor of lefty Tyler Lyons.

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Schebler had been out with an ulnar nerve contusion in his right elbow since he was hit by a pitch on April 1. He was hitting .333 with a home run in 12 at-bats prior to the injury.

Reed appeared in four games and recorded a 5.40 ERA, allowing five runs (three earned) in five innings of work.

The Reds could also be returning Eugenio Suarez to the fold. Suarez is on the road with the team and was seen doing some light throwing and fielding activities.

Injury updates

• Reliever David Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment tonight at Louisville.

• Reliever Kevin Shackelford (right forearm strain) is three appearances into a rehab assignment at Pensacola. On Thursday, he pitched 1 2/3 innings, gave up a run, walked two and struck out a batter on 31 pitches.

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

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Giants place Pence on DL with sprained thumb

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ANAHEIM -- The Giants will be without Hunter Pence for at least the next 10 days after placing the outfielder on the disabled list before Friday's game against the Angels with a right thumb sprain.

In his place, San Francisco recalled outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento.

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ANAHEIM -- The Giants will be without Hunter Pence for at least the next 10 days after placing the outfielder on the disabled list before Friday's game against the Angels with a right thumb sprain.

In his place, San Francisco recalled outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento.

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Pence hurt his thumb while diving to make a play on April 3, but he has played through the injury. He's hitting just .172 with one extra-base hit and three RBIs through 17 games this season.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy downplayed the severity of the injury, but offered no timetable for his outfielder's return.

"He needs a few days off and then we'll get him going again," Bochy said. "It's kind of been lingering, so we're going to give him some time off."

Pence hit 13 home runs last season and drove in 67 runs, his most since 2014 when he was an All-Star and finished 11th in NL MVP voting. But his .701 OPS in 2017 was the second worst of his career, and he opened this year with a .386 OPS, although in a small sample size (61 plate appearances).

While nobody was willing to directly correlate the nagging thumb injury with Pence's rough start, adding a hot bat in Williamson made sense with the Giants' offensive struggles.

Williamson, 27, joins the Giants for the first time in 2018 after a hot start to the year with Sacramento. He hit .487 (19-for-39) with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 11 games for the River Cats.

"Hopefully he'll be a shot in the arm for us," Bochy said.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com.

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