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Rangers call up Leclerc, send Rua to Triple-A

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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.

This will be 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.

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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.

This will be 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.

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Leclerc 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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The Padres reinstated outfielder Manuel Margot from the 10-day disabled list before Saturday night's game against the D-backs and placed outfielder Hunter Renfroe on the DL (retroactive to Wednesday) due to right elbow inflammation.

Margot, batting .159/.245/.250 this season, has been out since April 10 due to bruised ribs.

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The Padres reinstated outfielder Manuel Margot from the 10-day disabled list before Saturday night's game against the D-backs and placed outfielder Hunter Renfroe on the DL (retroactive to Wednesday) due to right elbow inflammation.

Margot, batting .159/.245/.250 this season, has been out since April 10 due to bruised ribs.

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Zobrist to DL; Cubs recall Bote

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DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs on Saturday placed infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 18) with back tightness and recalled David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote, who will wear uniform number 13, will join the first Major League roster of his career and be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs on Saturday placed infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 18) with back tightness and recalled David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote, who will wear uniform number 13, will join the first Major League roster of his career and be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

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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."

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."

Video: TOR@NYY: Torreyes tosses bat at ball for a single

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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Torres joins bullpen as Cole exposed to waivers

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LOS ANGELES -- Less than a month ago, the Nationals named A.J. Cole their fifth starter entering the season, hopeful he could continue his progress from the end of 2017. Instead, Cole's progress reverted through a rocky first four appearances.

The Nationals designed Cole for assignment prior to Friday's game against the Dodgers, exposing him to waivers and risking losing him. The move cleared room on the 40-man roster for veteran right-hander Carlos Torres, who was promoted to provide bullpen depth to a taxed relief corps.

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LOS ANGELES -- Less than a month ago, the Nationals named A.J. Cole their fifth starter entering the season, hopeful he could continue his progress from the end of 2017. Instead, Cole's progress reverted through a rocky first four appearances.

The Nationals designed Cole for assignment prior to Friday's game against the Dodgers, exposing him to waivers and risking losing him. The move cleared room on the 40-man roster for veteran right-hander Carlos Torres, who was promoted to provide bullpen depth to a taxed relief corps.

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"That was a tough conversation today. It really was," manager Dave Martinez said. "We felt, with Torres, the way he was pitching in the Minor Leagues and having veteran experience in the bullpen, it give us length. I mean, he can pitch multiple days, pitch two innings at a time, [that] would fit our needs better right now."

That player was supposed to be Cole after he was removed from the starting rotation with the promotion of right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. The Nats were hopeful a shift to the bullpen would benefit Cole and he could serve as their long reliever to eat up innings. However, in two relief appearances this week, Cole gave up three runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings and a pair of home runs.

Once a touted prospect, Cole appeared in 26 games for the Nationals in the past four seasons, mixing in as a spot starter or long reliever. He never spent much time on the Major League roster and posted a 5.32 ERA in 110 innings.

Torres, 35, made four scoreless appearances for Triple-A Syracuse, where he did not allow a hit with a walk and three strikeouts. He is an eight-year MLB veteran and spent the past two seasons with the Brewers, posting a 3.43 ERA.

"I feel good. I believe I've always felt good," Torres said. "It's just a matter of executing pitches on a more routine basis … coming up here, do whatever they ask me to do, whatever job, whatever role however many innings, whatever game. So come out here to work."

Video: COL@WSH: Rendon fouls ball off foot, exits game later

Rendon out for sixth straight game
It's been one week since Anthony Rendon fouled a ball off his left big toe, and he was out of the starting lineup for the sixth consecutive game Friday night. Martinez said Rendon's toe is feeling better, but Rendon, who was scheduled to take grounders and hit on the field, did not appear when the Nationals took batting practice.

The Nats have not placed Rendon on the disabled list because they are confident his return is imminent. Martinez said prior to the game that Rendon could be a pinch-hitting option and that he was confident he would play at some point this weekend.

"He constantly kept saying it was getting better and better," Martinez said. "He was trying to do things, but he felt that he would probably be ready this weekend."

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Padres activate Myers from disabled list

Left-hander Webb optioned to Triple-A El Paso
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Wil Myers is back with the Padres. San Diego activated the outfielder from the disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener against the D-backs in Arizona.

In a corresponding roster move, the Padres optioned left-hander Tyler Webb to Triple-A El Paso.

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Wil Myers is back with the Padres. San Diego activated the outfielder from the disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener against the D-backs in Arizona.

In a corresponding roster move, the Padres optioned left-hander Tyler Webb to Triple-A El Paso.

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Myers had landed on the 10-day DL after just three games due to nerve irritation in his right arm. He was 3-for-12 at the plate with a home run.

The 27-year-old played three rehab games and homered twice with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore before the Padres activated him Friday. Hunter Renfroe and Jose Pirela had been getting most of the time in right field for San Diego in Myers' absence.

Webb made his season debut this week and pitched in two relief outings. The 27-year-old took the loss when the Padres dropped a 12-inning game to the Dodgers on Tuesday, but he pitched three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in Wednesday's game.

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

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A's add Bassitt, Lucas; option Coulombe

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OAKLAND -- The A's brought in a pair of bullpen reinforcements ahead of Friday's series opener against the Red Sox, promoting right-handers Chris Bassitt and Josh Lucas from Triple-A Nashville.

Left-hander Daniel Coulombe, who worked 1 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 14-inning marathon win over the White Sox, was optioned to Triple-A -- one day after righty Lou Trivino was also optioned, following his three-inning outing in the same game.

OAKLAND -- The A's brought in a pair of bullpen reinforcements ahead of Friday's series opener against the Red Sox, promoting right-handers Chris Bassitt and Josh Lucas from Triple-A Nashville.

Left-hander Daniel Coulombe, who worked 1 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 14-inning marathon win over the White Sox, was optioned to Triple-A -- one day after righty Lou Trivino was also optioned, following his three-inning outing in the same game.

Oakland used eight pitchers Wednesday. A handful of them remained unavailable Friday, necessitating the move for a long reliever. Enter Bassitt, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since April 28, 2016.

The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery and returned to action as a reliever in the Minor Leagues last season. Left wondering if he'd return to the big league stage again, Bassitt is extra grateful for his latest opportunity.

"I don't think it's going to set in until I'm actually out there pitching, but getting the call is more of a relief right now," Bassitt said. "Once I get out on the mound it's going to be a flood of emotions, just because, to be honest with you, I didn't know if I was going to be able to get back here last year. I'm just very grateful."

Bassitt pitched to a 0.69 ERA in a hybrid role with Nashville, throwing at least four innings in each of his three outings and holding the opposition to a .188 average. He could be a starting option down the road for the A's, but will remain in the bullpen for the time being.

Bassitt, who expressed frustration in the uncertainty surrounding his role in Spring Training, has come to accept -- and embrace -- the unknown.

"My goodness, it's been a long time, but I finally feel normal," he said. "I don't care anymore about my role. I really don't. Whatever this team needs to win, I'll fill whatever role they want me to do. I'll be ready. I got in that trap in Spring Training where it made me upset and frustrated because I didn't really have a role, but it was kind of unprofessional on my part when it comes to wanting a role. Who cares? When they call your name, just be ready."

Said manager Bob Melvin: "That's a lonely rehab, and then you're coming back, you're wondering how things are going to go, you're certainly very aware of how your arm feels. But he worked really hard during that process. He studied what he needed to improve along the way, and it looks like he's pitching as well as he pitched since he's come off Tommy John."

Lucas, acquired from St. Louis on March 31 as part of a swap for Minor League pitcher Casey Meisner, did not allow a run or a hit in 4 2/3 innings with Nashville. He also didn't yield a run in 11 1/3 spring innings with the Cardinals.

"Just throwing strikes, trying to get guys out, pound the zone, get weak contact and early outs," Lucas said. "That's pretty much my approach every time."

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

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Cubs place Butler on DL, recall Farrell

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DENVER -- Eddie Butler's homecoming to Colorado -- the team he came up with before a February 2017 trade to the Cubs -- started inauspiciously, as the right-handed pitcher went on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain Friday. The Cubs recalled right-hander Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa.

"The groin is bothering him a little bit, so we just had to do something," manager Joe Maddon said. "We had to protect ourselves lengthwise in the bullpen."

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DENVER -- Eddie Butler's homecoming to Colorado -- the team he came up with before a February 2017 trade to the Cubs -- started inauspiciously, as the right-handed pitcher went on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain Friday. The Cubs recalled right-hander Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa.

"The groin is bothering him a little bit, so we just had to do something," manager Joe Maddon said. "We had to protect ourselves lengthwise in the bullpen."

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Butler entered Thursday's 8-5 victory over the Cardinals in the seventh inning and allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks without retiring a batter. He said he started feeling something right before he went out and tried to pitch through it.

"It ended up affecting my finish -- it didn't have the late life it should have had," Butler said of the groin's effect on his pitching. "It just tightened up on me, felt like it wouldn't loosen up. Obviously four hitters in a row got on, let's go ahead and make a change."

Butler said he had never experienced a groin issue before.

"We just decided it was better to sit down a few days and get it right before we make this long haul," Butler said. "We want to make sure we nip it now and don't let it linger the whole year. That's the main thing, just getting back to full capacity where I really attack the guys. No point in stressing here in April when you've got six months left in the season."

Butler is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in six games covering 14 2/3 innings. He has walked five and struck out 10.

Video: CHC@MIA: Butler throws seven strong innings in relief

Farrell, 26, will take Butler's place as the long man in the 'pen. He has been starting for Iowa, where he is 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts. He made his Major League debut last season with Kansas City before joining Cincinnati in August, combining to post a 5.54 ERA in 10 appearances (one start) spanning 13 innings. Farrell had a 2.61 ERA in nine relief outings with the Reds last year.

"I was [relieving] in Spring Training, and last year I ended up relieving in Cincinnati, so it's something I'm looking forward to getting back to, especially just being here," Farrell said of his callup before the game. "You try to take advantage of every opportunity you get. That's my intention coming here -- relax, go about my work and do everything I can to help the team."

Farrell was scratched from his scheduled Triple-A start Thursday, heading instead to Colorado to meet up with the Cubs.

"We had a couple choices," Maddon said of the decision to promote Farrell. "Luke made a great impression at Spring Training. He's been in the big leagues, he's got a great pedigree and he's also a wonderful human being. I really like being around him. I guess he hasn't had the best of times in Triple-A yet, but this guy knows what to do on the Major League level, so we're excited to have him here."

Farrell was originally selected by the Royals in the sixth round of the 2013 Draft out of Northwestern University. He is the son of former Major League manager John Farrell and the brother of Jeremy, the Cubs' Minor League infield coordinator, and Shane, a regional crosschecker for the Cubs.

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

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Orioles add prospect Scott to bullpen

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The Orioles announced Friday that they have called up left-hander Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned infielder Engelb Vielma to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

Scott, 23, allowed an earned run off two hits in his lone 1 2/3 inning appearance against the Yankees on April 8. The Orioles' No. 6 prospect figures to serve as a long reliever.

The Orioles announced Friday that they have called up left-hander Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned infielder Engelb Vielma to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

Scott, 23, allowed an earned run off two hits in his lone 1 2/3 inning appearance against the Yankees on April 8. The Orioles' No. 6 prospect figures to serve as a long reliever.

The 23-year old Vielma tallied his only three plate appearances for Baltimore on Wednesday, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

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

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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.

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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.

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

"It's good to get Nick back," manager Don Mattingly said. "We felt like we'd get him back at some point. We were trying to get him built to multiple innings down there, and were taking that slow. But, obviously, with Odrisamer going down last night, he was really the guy."

Wittgren projects to help bridge innings from the starter to the Marlins' late relief and throw multiple innings.

Despaigne started the season as the Marlins' No. 3 starter, but he 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 over 3 2/3 innings. For the season, he has a 6.14 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.

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.

"We brought him slowly, because we wanted to build him slowly, from the medical department," Mattingly said. "Obviously, with the surgery, and the rehab all winter, really there were no issues all the spring. It was a matter of building him up. There's no days in there you had to stop him or shut him down. We feel like he can compete here."

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.

"I've been working on command and off-speed stuff," Wittgren said. "My Spring Training was a lot shorter than other guys. I'm getting back in the swing of things."

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.

"I'm ready, and I'm ready to help out," Wittgren said. "I have almost 100 innings up here, I know what it takes. I know what I have to do up here to help out, and pitch for these guys. When I get out there, I just have to execute."

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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ST. PETERSBURG -- Brad Miller returned to the Rays' lineup for Friday night's wild 8-7, 10-inning win against the Twins, after he was activated from the 10-day disabled list. Miller had been out of action with a left groin strain since April 8. He finished with one hit, a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the 9th. 

In a corresponding roster move, the Rays designated infielder Brandon Snyder for assignment.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Brad Miller returned to the Rays' lineup for Friday night's wild 8-7, 10-inning win against the Twins, after he was activated from the 10-day disabled list. Miller had been out of action with a left groin strain since April 8. He finished with one hit, a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the 9th. 

In a corresponding roster move, the Rays designated infielder Brandon Snyder for assignment.

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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 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.

"Obviously excited to be back here, to be active," Miller said. "Join the guys and contribute."

"Good to have him back," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We've kind of missed having that extra left-handed bat. His timing was good the last two days in Port Charlotte [playing for Class A Advanced Charlotte]. ... Everything was good. Ran hard. No issues whatsoever with the groin. So he's a full go."

Miller was hitting .222 with one home run and five RBIs prior to the injury. He played in two Minor League rehab games with Charlotte on Wednesday and Thursday.

With Matt Duffy on the 10-day DL with a strained right hamstring, Miller's return comes at a good time for the Rays. Cash said he plans to take advantage of Miller's positional flexibility and will primarily use him at first and second.

"I think right now it's going to be more first and second," Cash said. "[Joey Wendle has] played third, [Daniel Robertson] obviously plays third and short, so if we get in a bind with Duff being out over the next seven to ten days, [we'll have some coverage for] however long he's out. We'll mix and match. But we know Brad can play some second base and get over there for us."

Miller said he's comfortable with wherever Cash wants to play him.

"I think it's something I'm definitely capable of," Miller said. "My focus is, number one being healthy. Just excited for that. Number two, whatever position I have to play, go out there and make an impact defensively as well."

Synder was called up to the Major Leagues when Duffy went on the DL earlier this week. He started two games at third base, batting 1-for-6 with a double and two strikeouts in his first Major League action since 2016 with the Braves.

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

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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