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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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White Sox trade Saladino, acquire Thompson

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The White Sox made a couple of depth moves on Thursday, acquiring outfielder Trayce Thompson from the A's for cash considerations and also trading infielder Tyler Saladino to the Brewers for cash considerations.

Thompson, the brother of the NBA's Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, has bounced around a little this season. 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.

The White Sox made a couple of depth moves on Thursday, acquiring outfielder Trayce Thompson from the A's for cash considerations and also trading infielder Tyler Saladino to the Brewers for cash considerations.

Thompson, the brother of the NBA's Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, has bounced around a little this season. 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.

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

In his Major League career -- which began with the White Sox in 2015 -- Thompson has hit .232/.307/.440 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 154 games.

Saladino had spent his four-year career with the White Sox. The 28-year-old played in six games this season, including three starts, and went 2-for-8 with a double.

In his career, Saladino has hit .231/.281/.330 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs in 246 games.

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

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Crew acquires Saladino; Braun nears return

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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
Ryan Braun missed a second straight start with calf tightness but was able to take batting practice Thursday afternoon in a good sign he is nearing a return to action.

"He's doing much better, I think," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I think he's definitely in a spot where we could use him. Definitely going in the right direction."

• 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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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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Biddle called up by Braves; Ramirez hits DL

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ATLANTA -- Jesse Biddle's journey has been much more difficult than he envisioned when the Phillies took him in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. But the left-handed reliever finally received his first call to the Major League level.

The Braves promoted Biddle from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday and placed right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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ATLANTA -- Jesse Biddle's journey has been much more difficult than he envisioned when the Phillies took him in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. But the left-handed reliever finally received his first call to the Major League level.

The Braves promoted Biddle from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday and placed right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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Biddle surrendered three hits and issued just one walk over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in four appearances for Gwinnett this season. The 26-year-old southpaw was claimed off waivers by the Braves before the start of the 2016 season, which he missed while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

After surrendering four runs during the decisive 10th inning of Tuesday night's 5-1 loss to the Phillies, Ramirez said he has been battling right shoulder tightness, dating back to Spring Training. He has allowed 12 earned runs and issued eight walks over 6 1/3 innings for Atlanta this season.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Braves ink Joey Bats to be 3B on Minors deal

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ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos saw Jose Bautista become one of baseball's top power hitters while they were together in Toronto. Now, he's going to give the veteran slugger a chance to extend his career by proving he can play third base.

Essentially, the Braves are taking a risk-free chance on Bautista, who signed a Minor League deal on Wednesday with the understanding he will only play third base as he attempts to make his way to the Major League level. A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that Bautista will earn $1 million if he reaches the bigs.

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ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos saw Jose Bautista become one of baseball's top power hitters while they were together in Toronto. Now, he's going to give the veteran slugger a chance to extend his career by proving he can play third base.

Essentially, the Braves are taking a risk-free chance on Bautista, who signed a Minor League deal on Wednesday with the understanding he will only play third base as he attempts to make his way to the Major League level. A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that Bautista will earn $1 million if he reaches the bigs.

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"The hope is he shows he's capable of being a good player who can help us win games," Anthopoulos said. "If that happens, he'll come up and play third base for us. Hopefully, things work out."

Video: TOR@BOS: Bautista skies a two-run homer to left

Bautista reported to the Braves' Spring Training facility in great shape per the report Anthopoulos received from the team's infield instructor Adam Everett. He'll likely remain there for at least a week and then possibly begin playing games for Class A Advanced Florida. His elevation toward the Major League level will essentially serve as the Spring Training he missed while remaining unsigned through the offseason.

"There are certain things you know you're going to get with Jose," Anthopoulos said. "He's going to be in tremendous shape. He's going to work hard and study hard. He comes to win, and he plays to win."

The Braves had some conversations with Bautista this winter, but there was never any sense they could financially provide what he was seeking. So, the communication ended until late last week when Bautista called Anthopoulos to once again express interest in joining this Braves team he has been closely following over the past few weeks.

"He was following us," Anthopoulos said. "He likes the team. He thinks this team can be competitive and win."

Bautista served as the Pirates' primary third baseman in 2007, and he occasionally played the position with the Blue Jays from '09-11. The six-time All-Star and two-time American League Hank Aaron Award winner made four starts as Toronto's third baseman last year, but he has spent most of the past serving as an outfielder.

Video: TOR@BAL: Bautista starts at third, turns double play

The Braves have received better-than-expected results, as Ryan Flaherty has manned third base and Johan Camargo, who was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, could also see time at the hot corner.

In an attempt to add power and some potential protection for Freddie Freeman, the Braves are going to provide this opportunity to Bautista, who has hit at least 20 homers each of the past eight seasons. The 37-year-old veteran altered the course of his career when he hit a Major League-high 54 home runs in 2010, which was Anthopoulos' first season as the Blue Jays' GM.

Bautista hit .228 and averaged 28 homers per season over the past three years. He hit just .203 with 23 homers and a .674 OPS last year with Toronto.

"I learned long ago, you don't bet against this guy," Anthopoulos said. "He's very proud and very determined. He's somebody I've always said would play into his 40s. I can't speak to what happened last year with him. He'll be the first person to tell you he didn't play well. He's very accountable and expects more of himself. By taking this deal, he's made the decision to bet on himself."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Astros option Hoyt ahead of Sipp's return

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SEATTLE -- The Astros optioned right-handed pitcher James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Mariners in anticipation of activating lefty reliever Tony Sipp from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.

"A tough team to crack for James," manager AJ Hinch said. "He really deserves to be here."

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SEATTLE -- The Astros optioned right-handed pitcher James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Mariners in anticipation of activating lefty reliever Tony Sipp from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.

"A tough team to crack for James," manager AJ Hinch said. "He really deserves to be here."

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Sipp, 34, tested his recovery from a strained right oblique muscle Monday by throwing a bullpen workout. He was placed on the DL April 10 retroactive to April 8.

Hoyt, 31, gave up a hit and a walk over one-third of an inning in his only appearance following his April 10 recall from Fresno.

Bob Dutton is a contributor to MLB.com based in Seattle.

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Thompson DFA'd; Petit to family emergency list

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OAKLAND -- Trayce Thompson's stay with the A's came to an end Tuesday. The move accompanied several others ahead of the club's highly anticipated free game against the White Sox.

Thompson was designated for assignment to make room for Tuesday starter Trevor Cahill. In addition, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was placed on the family medical emergency list, and the team's No. 27 prospect, Lou Trivino, was promoted from Triple-A Nashville in his stead.

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OAKLAND -- Trayce Thompson's stay with the A's came to an end Tuesday. The move accompanied several others ahead of the club's highly anticipated free game against the White Sox.

Thompson was designated for assignment to make room for Tuesday starter Trevor Cahill. In addition, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was placed on the family medical emergency list, and the team's No. 27 prospect, Lou Trivino, was promoted from Triple-A Nashville in his stead.

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Petit, who appeared in 10 of the A's first 17 games, is tending to a family health situation and, per manager Bob Melvin, is expected back Saturday.

Trivino is anticipating his Major League debut. The hard-throwing righty, who comes with elite velocity that can reach triple digits, retired all 13 batters he faced with Nashville -- eight by strikeout -- after impressing the big league staff in Spring Training by way of a 1.93 ERA over four appearances.

"This is a guy we kind of targeted going into Spring Training as a guy that would probably be here at some point in time this year," Melvin said of Trivino.

Trivino, 26, got the word from Triple-A manager Fran Riordan just before midnight Monday -- in the middle of a pizza run, shortly after touching down in Des Moines. He was there for roughly five hours before catching another flight.

Trivino immediately phoned his parents in Philadelphia, waking them up with the news, and hopes they can be in the stands as soon as Wednesday. The A's 2013 11th-round Draft pick has quietly climbed the ranks with consistent results in recent years, his last producing the best yet -- he turned in a combined 3.03 ERA between Double-A Midland and Triple-A in 2017.

He believes he's an even better version of that pitcher now.

"Being able to command the zone a little bit better," Trivino said. "Especially this year, I was very thankful of how I'm able to attack the zone and be more aggressive with hitters. Not falling behind too much and, if I am, I'm converting the 1-1 counts. I've just been able to be a little more consistent this year. Granted, it was three games, but so far, so good."

Thompson, who was enjoying time with brother and Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, has already been employed by three teams this year.

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.

"It was difficult letting him go, because he fit in really well here," Melvin said. "The guys liked him, the coaching staff loved him. He was a hard-working guy. Certainly we'd love to be able to keep him in the organization. If not, I hope he lands in a good place and he gets to actually stick somewhere and play, because it's difficult to go through this once, let alone three times, so you feel for him, because he's such a good kid on top of it."

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

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Dodgers acquire RHP Hernandez from Reds

RHP Neal, 1B Isabel sent to Cincinnati in return
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The Dodgers acquired Minor League right-hander Ariel Hernandez from the Reds in exchange for Minor League right-hander Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel on Tuesday.

Hernandez, 26, appeared in three games for Double-A Pensacola this season, tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings and picking up two saves. In 39 appearances between Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville last season, he posted a 3.24 ERA over 50 innings. He made his Major League debut last season with Cincinnati, appearing in 19 games with a 5.18 ERA over 24 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers acquired Minor League right-hander Ariel Hernandez from the Reds in exchange for Minor League right-hander Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel on Tuesday.

Hernandez, 26, appeared in three games for Double-A Pensacola this season, tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings and picking up two saves. In 39 appearances between Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville last season, he posted a 3.24 ERA over 50 innings. He made his Major League debut last season with Cincinnati, appearing in 19 games with a 5.18 ERA over 24 1/3 innings.

Neal, 29, appeared in one game for Los Angeles this season, on April 3 vs. the D-backs in Arizona. He pitched the eighth inning, giving up a run on two hits. At Triple-A Nashville in the Athletics organization last season, he posted a 4.82 ERA in 21 games (16 starts).

Ibandel, 22, was hitting .238 (5-for-21) with two doubles and a home run for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga this season. In 2017, he slashed .259/.327/.489 with 28 homers in 122 games for Rancho Cucamonga.

With the transaction, the Dodgers have 40 players on their 40-man roster.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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