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Velazquez returns from DL; Poyner sent down

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The Red Sox returned right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez from his injury rehabilitation assignment and activated him from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday. To make room for Velazquez on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Wednesday's game against the Rays.

Velazquez, 29, made one rehabilitation appearance for Pawtucket on Monday, throwing a scoreless seventh inning in the PawSox' 5-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 10 games for the Red Sox this season, including two starts, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA.

The Red Sox returned right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez from his injury rehabilitation assignment and activated him from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday. To make room for Velazquez on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Wednesday's game against the Rays.

Velazquez, 29, made one rehabilitation appearance for Pawtucket on Monday, throwing a scoreless seventh inning in the PawSox' 5-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 10 games for the Red Sox this season, including two starts, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA.

Velazquez pitched professionally in the Mexican League for seven seasons before making his Major League debut last season with Boston. Since allowing six earned runs in his debut on May 18, 2017, at Oakland, he is 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a .232 opponent batting average in his last 17 big league games, including four starts. In 13 career relief appearances, he has gone 6-0 with a 1.07 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

Poyner, 25, began the season with the Red Sox after attending Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. In nine relief appearances over three stints with Boston -- the first games of his big league career -- he has allowed two runs on 12 hits over 9 2/3 innings, striking out nine batters and walking only one. He recorded his first Major League win on April 5 against Tampa Bay, holding the Rays scoreless in the 11th and 12th innings as the Red Sox earned a walk-off win. Selected by Boston in the 14th round of the 2015 Draft, Poyner has appeared in 107 Minor League games, posting a 2.34 ERA.

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Davis placed on DL; prospect Barreto recalled

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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Right-hander Daniel Gossett was also promoted from Nashville to start Wednesday, while reliever Wilmer Font was designated for assignment.

Davis, who is nursing a Grade 1 right groin strain, hopes to miss the minimum 10 days.

"I'm including yesterday as one of them," Davis said with a smile.

The move is retroactive to Monday, meaning the A's could have Davis back as soon as May 31. The slugger leads the club with 13 homers and 38 RBIs.

"I could probably come back before 10 days, but I think they just don't want me limping out there," Davis said. "They want me at full strength. It's tough, because I know at any moment it could flare up, anything could happen, so I just want to make sure I'm healthy."

"We want him to feel that way, but obviously, we're not going to bring him back until we feel like there aren't any implications once he's out on the field," manager Bob Melvin said. "These things can be a little bit delicate to come back from. I am encouraged by the way he's felt the last couple of days, but we don't want these things to drag on, so we're going to make sure he's as close to 100 percent healthy as he can be."

Melvin plans to share DH duties while Davis is out. Jed Lowrie took his turn Wednesday, while Barreto spelled him at second. Barreto, 22, will also soon be seen at shortstop when Marcus Semien leaves the team for the birth of his second child, which is due Saturday.

Video: Top Prospects: Franklin Barreto, SS, Athletics

Barreto's first stint with the A's this season spanned nine games in April, but didn't include an at-bat. He returned to Nashville and was hitting .235 with six home runs in 32 games at Triple-A.

"When you have a youngster like him here, you want to make sure you play him enough to give him a chance to have some success," Melvin said. "Last time he was here, he didn't play much at all, so it's good we're able to get him in the lineup right away."

Barreto's strikeout total is high -- 42 in 119 Triple-A at-bats -- but he's also collecting more walks this season, totaling 19 in 32 games after tallying just 27 in 111 games at Triple-A last year.

"I'm not really worried about the batting average," Barreto said through an interpreter. "I'm more worried about getting good turns at the plate, getting good swings on the ball and getting my base on balls.

"Every time I come up here, I try to do everything I can to help my team out."

Lucas to start Thursday
The A's have opted to start a reliever in Thursday's series finale against the Mariners. Right-hander Josh Lucas, who has made seven big league relief appearances, including two with the A's, will make his first career start.

Lucas threw 50 pitches in a 3 2/3-inning stint in relief of an injured Brett Anderson in Toronto on Sunday, and he won't be asked to throw more than that Thursday.

Video: OAK@TOR: Lucas fans 7 in 3 2/3 innings of relief

"Obviously, he's not going to be out there for 130 pitches," Melvin said. "It's going to be more about just starting the game and maybe getting once around the lineup. We don't want him to have to do too much as a reliever. We want to make sure we keep him healthy, but he'll start the game, and then we'll have to use quite a bit of the bullpen again."

Right-hander Kendall Graveman could not be recalled from Triple-A because he was optioned less than 10 days ago.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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With Haniger out, Andreoli collects 1st ML hit

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OAKLAND -- With Seattle right fielder Mitch Haniger still ailing after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch on Tuesday night, the Mariners called up outfielder John Andreoli to make his Major League debut in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the A's.

Andreoli, 27, started in right field and batted eighth against the A's, collecting his first career hit with a fifth-inning single.

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OAKLAND -- With Seattle right fielder Mitch Haniger still ailing after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch on Tuesday night, the Mariners called up outfielder John Andreoli to make his Major League debut in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the A's.

Andreoli, 27, started in right field and batted eighth against the A's, collecting his first career hit with a fifth-inning single.

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"It was unbelievable," said Andreoli, who signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners in January. "It was so much fun, everything you could have dreamed of."

Filling in for Haniger, Andreoli made an impressive sliding grab to rob A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy of a hit in the eighth.

"I thought I had a good jump off the bat," Andreoli said. "With the righty, he kind of stayed through, so [the ball is] going to fade back a little bit toward me, so I knew it was probably my ball. Thought I had a good bead on it. Just went after it and made the catch."

Video: SEA@OAK: Andreoli sprints, lunges for a great catch

Andreoli batted .294 with three home runs, seven doubles and 20 RBIs in 32 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season. To make room for Andreoli, the Mariners optioned right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla to Tacoma.

Manager Scott Servais has been scrambling to fill a healthy team for more than a week. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz was back in the lineup after missing four of the previous six games with elbow and foot injuries. Shortstop Jean Segura was also in the leadoff spot after jamming his left shoulder sliding into home plate for the go-ahead run in Tuesday's 10-inning victory.

Haniger wore a thick ice bandage around his right wrist in the Mariners' clubhouse Wednesday. Seattle's leader in home runs (11) and RBIs (36), Haniger did some hitting before the game and is doing better than originally thought, according to Servais.

"[Haniger] feels a little bit better than maybe expected," Servais said. "We'll try to give him a day today, maybe tomorrow, wait and see how he's feeling and progressing. Certainly could have been a lot worse. Probably got a little fortunate on that one."

Video: SEA@OAK: Haniger gets hit on the wrist, later exits

Segura in good shape
Segura appeared fine a day after hurting his left shoulder while sliding into the leg of A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the 10th inning, a contrast from a night earlier when the Seattle shortstop was laying on the dirt behind home plate for several moments while being attended to by a team trainer.

The play was spotlighted not only because Segura scored the go-ahead run, but because of the positioning of Lucroy, who was essentially blocking the plate without the ball. Segura was openly critical of Lucroy after the game, and the Oakland catcher acknowledged he might have been in the way.

It also raised questions about players sliding headfirst into home plate, something Servais said he would rather his team not do. At the same time, Servais has no plans to ask Segura to change his tactics.

Video: SEA@OAK: Heredia belts a go-ahead RBI double in 10th

"It's one of those instinctive plays," Servais said. "Some guys are going to go headfirst. You certainly don't like to see it at home plate. But the baserunning read, the secondary lead, the jump off the bag, [Segura] really can run. We've seen him move before. I don't want to take any of his aggressiveness away.

"In a perfect world, would you teach it that way? No. I'd like the guys to go in feet first to home plate. But I'm not going to say anything about it."

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Kershaw extends bullpen session to 54 pitches

4-inning sim game next for ace; Dodgers recall Paredes, option Chargois
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LOS ANGELES -- There was good news on Wednesday from Clayton Kershaw, who threw a bullpen session that extended beyond original plans and provided some degree of relief to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

"He thought it wasn't good because of pitch execution, but he said he felt fine," said Roberts, who confirmed that Kershaw is on track to throw a four-inning simulated game on Saturday, the next step in his recovery from left biceps tendinitis.

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LOS ANGELES -- There was good news on Wednesday from Clayton Kershaw, who threw a bullpen session that extended beyond original plans and provided some degree of relief to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

"He thought it wasn't good because of pitch execution, but he said he felt fine," said Roberts, who confirmed that Kershaw is on track to throw a four-inning simulated game on Saturday, the next step in his recovery from left biceps tendinitis.

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If Kershaw comes out of the workouts Wednesday and Saturday with no issues, management will decide whether to send him out for a Minor League rehab start or place him back in the big league rotation.

Wednesday's session was originally planned for 30 pitches. Instead, Kershaw threw 30 pitches, took a break, then came back with 24 more throws as Roberts stood in the batter's box from both sides.

Regular catcher Yasmani Grandal caught Kershaw, with a trainer monitoring pitch velocity, an assortment of gadgets capturing data and a gaggle of front-office types observing.

Kershaw last pitched competitively on May 1 in Arizona, where he struck out six and walked one, but allowed a pair of home runs. He shut himself down during warmups for a May 4 bullpen session in Monterrey, Mexico, when he felt pain in the area where the biceps attach to the shoulder.

• Before Wednesday night's series finale with Colorado, the Dodgers optioned right-handed reliever JT Chargois to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled left-handed reliever Edward Paredes.

The move was more a demotion of Chargois than a promotion of Paredes. Chargois, claimed during Spring Training after being designated for assignment by Minnesota, made the Opening Day roster, but struggled with his command, walking 12 in 17 innings.

"The slider's been inconsistent," said Roberts. "He's been part of the solution, but to get him out of the fire of performing up here and give him a chance to catch his breath."

Roberts compared Chargois' option to one given to Scott Alexander, who used a brief stint with OKC to reset after a rocky beginning and regain the command that led the Dodgers to acquire him from Kansas City.

"Similar results, hopefully," said Roberts. "[Chargois] just hasn't been able to execute his slider, and his fastball command isn't what it needs to be."

Chargois had a 4.76 ERA in 20 games, striking out 23.

Paredes, who pitched once for the Dodgers in an earlier callup, had a 1.17 ERA and .204 opposing batting average in 15 games at OKC.

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

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Davis placed on DL; prospect Barreto recalled

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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Right-hander Daniel Gossett was also promoted from Nashville to start Wednesday, while reliever Wilmer Font was designated for assignment.

Davis, who is nursing a Grade 1 right groin strain, hopes to miss the minimum 10 days.

"I'm including yesterday as one of them," Davis said with a smile.

Video: OAK@TOR: Davis exits game with leg injury in the 4th

The move is retroactive to Monday, meaning the A's could have Davis back as soon as May 31. The slugger leads the club with 13 homers and 38 RBIs.

"I could probably come back before 10 days, but I think they just don't want me limping out there," Davis said. "They want me at full strength. It's tough, because I know at any moment it could flare up, anything could happen, so I just want to make sure I'm healthy."

"We want him to feel that way, but obviously, we're not going to bring him back until we feel like there aren't any implications once he's out on the field," manager Bob Melvin said. "These things can be a little bit delicate to come back from. I am encouraged by the way he's felt the last couple of days, but we don't want these things to drag on, so we're going to make sure he's as close to 100 percent healthy as he can be."

Melvin plans to share DH duties while Davis is out. Jed Lowrie took his turn Wednesday, while Barreto spelled him at second. Barreto, 22, will also soon be seen at shortstop when Marcus Semien leaves the team for the birth of his second child, which is due Saturday.

Video: Top Prospects: Franklin Barreto, SS, Athletics

Barreto's first stint with the A's this season spanned nine games in April, but didn't include an at-bat. He returned to Nashville and was hitting .235 with six home runs in 32 games at Triple-A.

"When you have a youngster like him here, you want to make sure you play him enough to give him a chance to have some success," Melvin said. "Last time he was here, he didn't play much at all, so it's good we're able to get him in the lineup right away."

Barreto's strikeout total is high -- 42 in 119 Triple-A at-bats -- but he's also collecting more walks this season, totaling 19 in 32 games after tallying just 27 in 111 games at Triple-A last year.

"I'm not really worried about the batting average," Barreto said through an interpreter. "I'm more worried about getting good turns at the plate, getting good swings on the ball and getting my base on balls.

"Every time I come up here, I try to do everything I can to help my team out."

Lucas to start Thursday
The A's have opted to start a reliever in Thursday's series finale against the Mariners. Right-hander Josh Lucas, who has made seven big league relief appearances, including two with the A's, will make his first career start.

Lucas threw 50 pitches in a 3 2/3-inning stint in relief of an injured Brett Anderson in Toronto last Friday, and he won't be asked to throw more than that Thursday.

Video: OAK@TOR: Lucas fans 7 in 3 2/3 innings of relief

"Obviously, he's not going to be out there for 130 pitches," Melvin said. "It's going to be more about just starting the game and maybe getting once around the lineup. We don't want him to have to do too much as a reliever. We want to make sure we keep him healthy, but he'll start the game, and then we'll have to use quite a bit of the bullpen again."

Right-hander Kendall Graveman could not be recalled from Triple-A because he was optioned less than 10 days ago.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Guyer to DL as Plutko joins Indians' rotation

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CHICAGO -- The Indians made the expected move of promoting starter Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday to assume the fifth spot in the rotation, beginning with a start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was the other side of the transaction that came as a bit of a surprise.

In order to clear room on the active roster for Plutko, Cleveland placed outfielder Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list with a left cervical (neck) strain. That represents the latest setback for the Tribe's injury-riddled outfield, which now has four of its Opening Day options on the shelf.

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CHICAGO -- The Indians made the expected move of promoting starter Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday to assume the fifth spot in the rotation, beginning with a start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was the other side of the transaction that came as a bit of a surprise.

In order to clear room on the active roster for Plutko, Cleveland placed outfielder Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list with a left cervical (neck) strain. That represents the latest setback for the Tribe's injury-riddled outfield, which now has four of its Opening Day options on the shelf.

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Guyer injured his neck in the eighth inning against the Astros on Saturday, when he attempted to make a catch on a ball that carried into the stands in foul ground down the right-field line. As Guyer closed in on the wall, a fan reached for the ball and his arm came into contact with the back of the right fielder's head and neck.

"When he went into the stands the other day, he got like a forearm or something [to the neck]," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "So we checked him for concussions, but his neck, it was almost like whiplash-ish. He hasn't played since that. I think he could've if we had to, but we're trying to be mindful of it."

On the DL alongside Guyer are outfielders Bradley Zimmer (left rib contusion), Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) and Tyler Naquin (left hamstring strain). Zimmer is on the road with the Indians, has resumed taking batting practice and might be ready for a return to games by the weekend. Chisenhall is currently in the early stages of a Minor League rehab with Triple-A Columbus. Naquin remains in Cleveland working through a rehab program.

With those four outfielders sidelined, Cleveland's outfield consists of Michael Brantley in left field, Greg Allen in center, Melky Cabrera in right and Rajai Davis serving as a backup for all three spots.

Plutko is taking the rotation spot vacated by veteran Josh Tomlin, who has moved to the bullpen.

Video: TOR@CLE: Plutko K's 6, gets the win in his 1st start

In seven starts this season for the Clippers, Plutko posted a 2.25 ERA with 35 strikeouts against nine walks in 44 innings. The right-hander also made a spot start for the Tribe in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Toronto on May 3, allowing three runs over 7 1/3 innings for his first Major League victory.

"The kid deserves a lot of credit," Francona said of Plutko, who underwent right hip surgery in October. "He had a really tough year last year numbers-wise, and then you find out the hip was bothering him. He gets that fixed and he's been pretty darn good. It kind of gets exciting. Finding good pitching is not easy."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Reds place relievers Iglesias, Brice on DL

Lorenzen activated, Rainey brought up to replace arms
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CINCINNATI -- The Reds got one reliever back from the disabled list on Wednesday but lost two more bullpen assets to injury -- including a big one in closer Raisel Iglesias. That will force interim manager Jim Riggleman to choose his closer for each game based on matchups.

Iglesias was placed on the 10-day DL due to a strained left biceps in his non-pitching arm. Right-hander Austin Brice also went on the DL with a mid-back strain. Both stints are retroactive to Sunday. To replace them, Michael Lorenzen was activated from the DL and Tanner Rainey was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds got one reliever back from the disabled list on Wednesday but lost two more bullpen assets to injury -- including a big one in closer Raisel Iglesias. That will force interim manager Jim Riggleman to choose his closer for each game based on matchups.

Iglesias was placed on the 10-day DL due to a strained left biceps in his non-pitching arm. Right-hander Austin Brice also went on the DL with a mid-back strain. Both stints are retroactive to Sunday. To replace them, Michael Lorenzen was activated from the DL and Tanner Rainey was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

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"Iglesias' left biceps has been bothering him for some days," Riggleman said. "It's just tender, and he feels like it's really affecting him. As he extends out with his front arm to deliver the pitch, he's a little tentative. Rather than continue to deal with it, we're just going to DL him and bring Rainey in."

On May 9 vs. the Mets, Iglesias had to reach high to catch a ball and appeared to be in discomfort coming off the field. It didn't appear to affect him on the mound until Saturday, when he blew his second save (in 10 tries) in Game 1 of a doubleheader vs. the Cubs. A scoreless streak of 9 1/3 innings over 10 appearances for Iglesias ended when he gave up two earned runs and three hits, including a solo homer by Ian Happ to lead off the eighth inning.

In 20 appearances, Iglesias has a 2.08 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP and eight saves. Riggleman noted that Jared Hughes, Amir Garrett, Wandy Peralta and Lorenzen are all closer options until Iglesias returns. David Hernandez is also a former closer.

Brice has a 4.68 ERA over 25 innings across 21 games. Following a stretch in which he was quite effective, he has given up a run in four of his last five appearances.

"He's pitched through it and got a lot of treatment," Riggleman said. "He's pitched effectively, but it's lingering. That's basically the way we made room for Mike."

Video: ATL@CIN: Brice gets Acuna Jr. looking to start 6th

Lorenzen, who worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless inning in the Reds' extra-inning loss Wednesday, had been out since mid-March with a strained teres major muscle near his right shoulder. He completed a rehab assignment Sunday with Double-A Pensacola after he worked four scoreless innings over three outings.

Rainey gave up seven earned runs over two innings in two outings for the Reds earlier this season. With Louisville, he has a 2.04 ERA in 17 2/3 innings over 14 games. He pitched well in his return to the bigs, striking out three in two scoreless innings Wednesday.

Video: PIT@CIN: Rainey gets out of huge jam in the 6th

"We can't go in there with people -- maybe they can go, maybe they can't -- and if they do go, they have to be very limited. We need to have a full crew of people in there," Riggleman said

Hughes loves ground balls

Signed to a two-year contract in the offseason, Hughes has been a strong addition for the Reds' bullpen. He entered Wednesday tied for third in the National League with five double plays induced. According to FanGraphs, he's 11th in the NL with a 58.6 percent ground-ball rate.

Hughes is able to induce grounders often because he has an effective sinker that he throws 73 percent of the time, according to Statcast™.

"In my dream world, I would come in and throw three pitches and get three ground balls every inning," said Hughes, who entered with a 1.30 ERA in 23 appearances. "I'm trying to get ahead in the count and keep the ball on the ground. I trust the defense. Without them, I'm nothing."

Video: CIN@SF: Hughes coaxes DP to work out of a jam

Hughes has picked up ground-ball double plays in each of his last three appearances. Finishing Tuesday's 7-2 win with six pitches over one scoreless inning, he replaced Peralta after a leadoff single in the ninth. Hughes got pinch-hitter Jose Osuna to smoke a grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza for a 6-4-3 double play. Osuna's ball had a 100.1 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™.

Hughes makes use of the Statcast™ metrics available to all players and has an idea where hitters are going to hit grounders against his sinker. That helps him form a plan going into the at-bat.

"I try to memorize all of it. Execution is the key," he said. "It's way easier to know where to throw it than to actually throw it there. I try to memorize everything -- exit velocity, ground-ball rates -- so when I am out there, it's a language I don't have to think about. I just kind of speak it."

Hughes got two more groundouts while pitching a scoreless ninth in a tie game Wednesday night.

DeSclafani pitching at Louisville on Friday

Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (strained left oblique) was in the Reds' clubhouse Wednesday after returning from two rehab starts in Pensacola. He will next pitch on Friday at Louisville. In his Sunday start for Pensacola, he threw 76 pitches over five innings.

"It's going well," DeSclafani said. "I was very encouraged by my last outing. It is probably the best I have felt in a while. The ball is coming out of my hand really well, and I was throwing strikes."

DeSclafani is eligible to be activated from the 60-day DL on Monday but could get another rehab start after Friday.

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

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Oblique strain forces Faria to disabled list

Nuno's contract selected; Eovaldi transferred to 60-day DL
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ST. PETERSBURG -- As expected, the Rays placed right-hander Jake Faria (left oblique strain) on the 10-day disabled list and selected the contract of left-hander Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Durham.

To make room for Nuno on the 40-man roster, the Rays shifted right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the 60-day DL, which means he's eligible to return on Monday, when Tampa Bay begins its upcoming nine-game trip in Oakland. He is expected to rejoin the team and pitch at some point on the road.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- As expected, the Rays placed right-hander Jake Faria (left oblique strain) on the 10-day disabled list and selected the contract of left-hander Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Durham.

To make room for Nuno on the 40-man roster, the Rays shifted right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the 60-day DL, which means he's eligible to return on Monday, when Tampa Bay begins its upcoming nine-game trip in Oakland. He is expected to rejoin the team and pitch at some point on the road.

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Faria is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks.

"He got it pretty good, so he's going to miss some time," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Faria, who started Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox, had just struck out Andrew Benintendi for the second out in the third before cringing following his third pitch to the next hitter Hanley Ramirez. That prompted a mound visit from Cash and head athletic trainer Joe Benge. After talking to Faria, they stood next to the mound as he threw a practice pitch. Faria then left the game.

"Any kind of pulling movement doesn't feel very good," said Faria, who told reporters he had trouble sleeping. "I was up a lot last night."

Faria underwent an MRI on Wednesday, which confirmed that he had severely strained his oblique.

"The biggest thing Joe told me yesterday, it's such a delicate injury that you just have to be patient, which is hard for me," Faria said. "I'm not patient whatsoever. So it's going to be a test of my patience. But as long as I do what they tell me to do, I should come back fine."

Nuno went 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) for the Bulls.

"I'm excited he's here," Cash said. "A guy with plenty of experience. He's done a lot of roles. He's started. He's provided length in the bullpen. He's been a left-on-left specialist.

"So we're going to use him in different ways. He's thrown the ball well. Our thoughts on him are pretty high right now. He's good against left and right. He should be a nice addition to our bullpen."

Nuno last pitched in the Major Leagues last year, when he finished 0-1 with a 10.43 ERA in 12 games for the Orioles.

"First and foremost, it's an honor and a privilege to be here," Nuno said. "I'm honored and humbled. I've been working every day to get this chance. I have to prove myself every day. It's all about staying healthy and doing what I've been doing down there."

Worth noting
The Rays have not yet announced their starters for the weekend series against the O's at Tropicana Field.

"I don't know what we're going to do quite yet," Cash said. "... We're going to announce something for the Baltimore series, we just don't have it yet. I would imagine we'll be revisiting Sergio [Romo] starting again. Maybe he'll start all three games this time, who knows?"

Ryan Yarbrough, Anthony Banda and Austin Pruitt will be earmarked to cover the bulk of the innings over the weekend, as per the unconventional way in which the Rays now manage their staff.

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

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Nats' No. 4 prospect Fedde up to start vs. SD

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals promoted right-hander Erick Fedde to the Majors to start Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Padres at Nationals Park and designated right-hander Carlos Torres for assignment to clear room on the roster.

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.

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals promoted right-hander Erick Fedde to the Majors to start Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Padres at Nationals Park and designated right-hander Carlos Torres for assignment to clear room on the roster.

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.

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Fedde, the club's top pitching prospect -- and the No. 4 overall prospect in the organization as rated by MLB Pipeline -- joins the team to make his first Major League start of the season. He owns a 4.35 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Syracuse with 42 strikeouts and 13 walks in 41 1/3 innings.

This will be his fourth career Major League start after he scuffled through a brief stint in the Majors a year ago. Fedde made three starts in 2017, posting a 9.39 ERA, but his velocity dipped and his command was off before the team eventually shut him down in September.

He returned to Spring Training this year healthy and has pitched much more effectively.

"His stuff is electric," manager Dave Martinez said. "He's got a two-seamer, a four-seam, good changeup and good curveball."

Martinez said the Nats are hopeful Torres will clear waivers and accept an assignment to Triple-A to remain in the organization. He appeared in 10 games for the Nats and gave up seven runs in 9 2/3 innings.

"It was tough," Martinez said of the decision with Torres. "These are the days when being a manager stinks."

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

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Reddick goes on DL with persistent infection

Astros recall Marisnick to take outfielder's place on roster
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HOUSTON -- The Astros have placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list because of a lingering infection near his left knee, the team announced Wednesday morning. Jake Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

Reddick, who briefly spoke with SportsTalk 790 on Tuesday about the ailment, said that pain from the skin infection had subsided for the most part as he has continued taking medication. He discovered the issue after last week's return flight from Anaheim late at night on May 16.

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HOUSTON -- The Astros have placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list because of a lingering infection near his left knee, the team announced Wednesday morning. Jake Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

Reddick, who briefly spoke with SportsTalk 790 on Tuesday about the ailment, said that pain from the skin infection had subsided for the most part as he has continued taking medication. He discovered the issue after last week's return flight from Anaheim late at night on May 16.

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"It still pretty gross-looking," Reddick said. "But the pain is a lot more tolerable, and the level of the pain has gone down severely. … It's slowly getting there, just a very unfortunate accident that never really happens a whole lot."

Reddick was scratched from Friday's game against the Indians because of the infection. The right fielder pinch-hit in Saturday's ninth inning, and he returned to Houston's lineup for Sunday's game. He reported excessive soreness following Sunday's game, making him unavailable for Tuesday's series opener against the Giants.

Video: CLE@HOU: Reddick skies an RBI ground-rule double

In a perfect world, Astros manager AJ Hinch said Reddick's trip to the DL would be a short stint.

"He just hasn't conquered it," Hinch said. "It's extremely sore, and he needs some medical attention. He needs some time off, and we're not going to play with a short roster. We don't know how long it's necessarily going to be. He's seeing some specialists and taking care of an infection he's dealing with."

Marisnick, who was optioned to Fresno on May 15 following a sluggish first quarter of the season, prematurely rejoins the Astros following a five-game stint in the Minors. Marisnick slashed .286/.348/.667, with two home runs, four RBIs and six hits with Fresno.

Video: OAK@HOU: Marisnick drives in McCann from first

"I think he did great from the time that he was there," Hinch said of Marisnick, who batted .141 through 34 games to begin the season and struck out in 41 of 85 at-bats. "I thought his swings were good. Decompressing from the big leagues was very important. And having some success, obviously hit a couple of home runs and hit a couple of other balls pretty hard, and it sounded like he got his feet on the ground."

The Astros depart for a four-game series at Cleveland following Wednesday's game. For the time being, while Reddick and Derek Fisher (digestive issue) are on the DL, Houston will fill its outfield with Marwin Gonzalez and J.D. Davis -- a traditional infielder who started his first Major League game in left field Tuesday -- likely alternating in left. Hinch said Tony Kemp is likely to control center field and George Springer will be in right on "most days," the manager said.

"The at-bats will get spread out to J.D., Marwin and Jake," Hinch said.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

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Meadows' early success is mind over matter

Sweet-swinging prospect honed positive visualization, confidence while in Minors
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CINCINNATI -- For all the excitement and expectations surrounding his Major League debut, nerves haven't been an issue for Austin Meadows. Neither has big league pitching.

Meadows went 5-for-11 in his first three big league games against the Padres after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. He hit his first career home run on Sunday, and it might have been his third if not for the wicked wind along the Allegheny River on the night of his debut. According to Statcast™, nine of the 14 balls he has put in play since Friday classify as "hard-hit," with an exit velocity over 95 mph.

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CINCINNATI -- For all the excitement and expectations surrounding his Major League debut, nerves haven't been an issue for Austin Meadows. Neither has big league pitching.

Meadows went 5-for-11 in his first three big league games against the Padres after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. He hit his first career home run on Sunday, and it might have been his third if not for the wicked wind along the Allegheny River on the night of his debut. According to Statcast™, nine of the 14 balls he has put in play since Friday classify as "hard-hit," with an exit velocity over 95 mph.

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Video: SD@PIT: Meadows tallies 3 hits, 1st career HR

Meadows stayed hot in Tuesday's series-opening 7-2 loss against the Reds, slugging his second homer in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. Meadows has now hit more home runs in four Major League games than he did over 32 games in Triple-A. On top of all that, the sweet-swinging lefty's second homer came off a tough left-handed pitcher in Reds reliever Amir Garrett.

"He's up there looking at pitches. He's taking aggressive swings," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Left on left off that guy, that's an impressive swing. I think we all like what we're seeing overall. It's been fun to watch him play."

He hasn't looked anxious, either. Why not? Two words: visualization and confidence.

Video: Austin Meadows' future in the big leagues

The visualization took place over the course of years of anticipation. Since being drafted ninth overall in 2013, Meadows has mentally prepared himself for the day he would take the field at PNC Park. It finally came Friday, accompanied by a rush of interviews and early ovations, but he'd already played the moment out in his head.

"The visualization's one of the most important things, at least for me," Meadows said Sunday. "I've always dreamed of this day and I've always dreamed of myself in the box here putting together good at-bats. That's the main goal."

Meadows' confidence developed in Triple-A. After an uneven start to the season, he found a selectively aggressive approach that worked for him and yielded good results. He went on a tear before his callup, slashing .394/.412/.515 during a seven-game hitting streak. He also talked with Triple-A hitting coach Ryan Long about the importance of projecting that self-assurance.

"If you're struggling, go up there and make people think you're hitting good. That's the biggest thing, the confidence and showing you have the confidence up there," Meadows said. "Hanley Ramirez, you would never know if he was in a slump. You would think the guy's 3-for-3 and he could be 0-for-3. Just the way he goes about his business."

Video: SD@PIT: Pirates rookie Meadows on 1st career home run

It's not imperative that a player is on a hot streak when the Pirates call him up. But if he is, Hurdle said, the key is keeping him in the lineup. Hurdle has done just that, starting Meadows in center field in each of his first four games.

"I've been a part of experience where players get called up, they're playing really well, then they just don't get an opportunity to play. That's hard," Hurdle said. "Sometimes, when there's a need, you just go grab the guy because you have confidence he can figure it out.

"His perspective is probably the most important. If he felt more confident walking in the door because of the surge, so be it. He hasn't backed off since he's been here."

Around the horn
• Closer Felipe Vazquez told Hurdle on Monday he was ready to pitch after rolling his right ankle during the ninth inning of Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Padres at PNC Park.

• The Pirates promoted relief prospect Jesus Liranzo from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. Pittsburgh claimed the 23-year-old Liranzo, a hard-throwing right-hander, off waivers from the Dodgers on April 5 and assigned him to Double-A, where he struck out 18 batters and posted a 0.83 WHIP over 12 scoreless innings.

• Indianapolis also activated infielder Max Moroff, who was optioned by the Pirates on Sunday, and released non-roster right-hander Tyler Jones.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.

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Reds promote versatile Dixon, option Herrera

26-year-old receives first MLB callup; Lorenzen to be activated Wednesday
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CINCINNATI -- The Reds called up Brandon Dixon from Triple-A Louisville for his first big league promotion on Monday and optioned Rosell Herrera to Louisville. Dixon has hit .326 with four home runs and 14 RBIs with Louisville this season.

Dixon popped out in foul territory in the first inning of a game at Indianapolis on Monday and finished the inning in the field at third base. He was then taken out of the game and given the news he'd been called up.

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds called up Brandon Dixon from Triple-A Louisville for his first big league promotion on Monday and optioned Rosell Herrera to Louisville. Dixon has hit .326 with four home runs and 14 RBIs with Louisville this season.

Dixon popped out in foul territory in the first inning of a game at Indianapolis on Monday and finished the inning in the field at third base. He was then taken out of the game and given the news he'd been called up.

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"It's been kind of crazy," Dixon said. "I had to drive back to Louisville and get my stuff and then head out. It has been awesome. I FaceTimed my parents and they kind of broke down. It was a cool moment to have with them."

Dixon nearly made the Reds out of Spring Training, when he hit .326 with four home runs and 10 RBIs, but he was one of the final cuts. He carried his success over to the first month and a half of the season in Triple-A. Dixon has played third base a lot recently, but the righty has also played left field, first base and second base.

Video: CIN@SEA: Dixon cuts down Muno at plate for final out

"I feel like I fit that mold right now," Dixon said. "I play a lot of different positions and can come in off the bench. Whatever they need, I am excited to do. I have had a lot of time at second, left and first this year mainly, but every day is different. I have played three or four times at third this last week."

Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said Dixon had as good of a spring as anyone on the team, and he feels comfortable using him in a number of different positions.

"He has been seeing a lot of pitching and is probably more prepared right now than Rosell is, because Rosell has been sitting a lot here, so we sent Rosell out and brought in Brandon," Riggleman said. "He's made himself very playable in left field, second base, third base and played a lot of first base down below. I would feel comfortable putting him pretty much anywhere."

Lorenzen to be activated
Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen threw in the outfield at Great American Ball Park before Tuesday's game with Pittsburgh and is nearing a return with the team. He threw two scoreless innings on Sunday in a 20-pitch outing with Double-A Pensacola. The multi-inning outing was the final hurdle in his three rehab appearances since beginning the season on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

"I am excited to finally be here and see the light at the end of the tunnel," Lorenzen said. "I feel good with one day off and feel ready to go."

Video: CIN@SF: DeSlafani, Lorenzen throw in rehab assignment

Riggleman said Lorenzen is expected to be activated on Wednesday, giving him one more day off.

"When we bring him back to pitch, we would like to know, if needed, that he could throw a couple of innings, if not more," Riggleman said. "One more day off, [we] would be more assured he can give us a couple of innings."

Lorenzen said he's felt good for a few weeks now and has been eager to get back with the club.

"I wanted to be back three weeks ago, but I guess it is better than me enjoying the DL," Lorenzen said. "I want to be out there seeing the guys play and stuff. It has been tough to watch, but we have had -- with [Jared] Hughes and everyone -- good leadership, and they've been able to do well without me. I am just excited to come back and plug right in."

Lorenzen posted a 4.45 ERA in a team-leading 70 appearances last season, logging 83 innings while striking out 80 and walking 34.

Brian Rippee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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