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Cano returns to Mariners lineup today

Veteran's arrival comes as Gordon battles sore shoulder
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OAKLAND -- After 80 days on the suspended list, Robinson Cano will rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday, and his return figures to provide a timely boost for a club fighting for its first postseason berth in 17 years.

Dee Gordon, who replaced Cano at second base during his suspension, was sidelined for a second straight day for Monday's series opener with the A's due to left shoulder discomfort. And even if Gordon is healthy by Tuesday, the Mariners are eager to add Cano's potent bat to the lineup in any and every way possible.

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OAKLAND -- After 80 days on the suspended list, Robinson Cano will rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday, and his return figures to provide a timely boost for a club fighting for its first postseason berth in 17 years.

Dee Gordon, who replaced Cano at second base during his suspension, was sidelined for a second straight day for Monday's series opener with the A's due to left shoulder discomfort. And even if Gordon is healthy by Tuesday, the Mariners are eager to add Cano's potent bat to the lineup in any and every way possible.

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That means he'll be playing some games at first base in place of Ryon Healy, as well as occasionally giving Gordon a break at second or Kyle Seager a break at third.

"There is no great blueprint that says this is what is going to happen 33 percent of the time or 67 percent of the time," manager Scott Servais said on Monday. "We have to play it day by day and series by series. It's a great offensive player to add to our mix, and the fact he can move around the field and is willing to do it, it should really keep some guys fresh and hopefully it pays dividends."

Cano played five Minor League games with Triple-A Tacoma and Class A Short-Season Everett to prepare for his return, spending two games at first base, one at second, one at third and one at designated hitter. In his 14-year Major League career, he's played all but one inning in the field at second base, moving to shortstop for one frame in an emergency role for the Yankees in 2013.

The last time he'd played third base was in 2005, when he spent one game there as a 22-year-old in Triple-A Columbus. In his Minor League career, Cano played 80 games at shortstop and 17 at third base, but he never played first base until this past week.

The Mariners will face an interesting decision, not only on how to work Cano into their lineup now that Gordon is entrenched at second base, but on how to fit him onto the 25-man roster.

Cano will be largely taking away the need for veteran utility man Andrew Romine, but Romine can't be sent down to Tacoma without being designated for assignment and exposed to waivers. The club won't want to lose Romine with just two weeks remaining before rosters can be expanded in September, since he'd be needed if they make the playoffs when Cano is ineligible due to the rules of a failed drug test.

If Romine stays, that would mean sending down a player who has Minor League options -- such as reliever Casey Lawrence or outfielder Guillermo Heredia. Romine can play the outfield, which makes Heredia a possibility, but that would leave Seattle leaning heavily on veterans Denard Span and Cameron Maybin for the rest of August.

Lawrence might be less needed in a long-relief role now with Felix Hernandez also available in the 'pen, plus the Mariners have three off-days in the 18 days left in August, and that would allow some recovery time for the bullpen.

But the biggest thing is the ability to add a player who hit .287/.385/.441 in his first 39 games this year and is an eight-time All-Star with 305 career homers.

Servais said the challenge will be to remind Cano he can't make up for a lost half-season all at once.

"He's a great player," said Servais. "He made a mistake. He wants to put it behind him as quick as he can. In all players' minds, if they go out and produce on the field, then everybody will relax and put it behind them. But it's a day at a time. Don't try to do too much."

Injury updates: Gordon, Tuivailala and more
• Gordon was initially in Monday's lineup, but was scratched about two hours before game time. The speedster hurt his shoulder sliding into the knee of Astros second baseman Yuli Gurriel on a stolen base on Saturday. He had a pinch-hit single and scored the winning run in the 10th inning on Sunday.

• Reliever Sam Tuivailala will need surgery on his right Achilles tendon that was hurt on Wednesday in Texas, and Servais said the right-hander -- who was acquired two weeks ago from the Cardinals -- is going to be out a "significant amount of time" and may not be ready for the start of Spring Training next season.

• Veteran right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio is getting a second doctor's opinion on his inflamed right knee and is waiting to see whether he'll need surgery. Nicasio went on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 3.

• Lefty Roenis Elias needed 28 pitches to get through two-thirds of an inning of relief for Tacoma in his second rehab outing while issuing three walks with one strikeout on Sunday. Elias is working back from a strained left triceps and came out of the outing without any health issues.

• Right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla threw well in a live batting-practice session with Tacoma over the weekend, Servais said. Altavilla likely will throw another BP session but has a chance to begin a Minor League rehab stint within a week.

Hisashi Iwakuma, who is signed to a Minor League contract, also threw a live BP session, and it went well enough that he could attempt a rehab outing soon as well.

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

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Angels to call up third-base prospect Ward

Former first-round pick expected to be activated Tuesday
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SAN DIEGO -- It won't be official until Tuesday, but third baseman Taylor Ward is finally getting his first crack at the Majors.

Ward, who is ranked the Angels' No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline, joined the Angels on Monday at Petco Park and is expected to be activated on Tuesday. A first-round Draft pick of the Angels in 2015, Ward has emerged as an offensive force this season, batting .349 with a .977 OPS, 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 102 games between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake.

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SAN DIEGO -- It won't be official until Tuesday, but third baseman Taylor Ward is finally getting his first crack at the Majors.

Ward, who is ranked the Angels' No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline, joined the Angels on Monday at Petco Park and is expected to be activated on Tuesday. A first-round Draft pick of the Angels in 2015, Ward has emerged as an offensive force this season, batting .349 with a .977 OPS, 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 102 games between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake.

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Ward, 24, was originally drafted as a catcher before making the transition to third base this season. The Angels believe his breakthrough at the plate is tied to the position change, as he no longer has to worry about handling pitchers.

"His bat has really blossomed," manager Mike Scioscia. "I think we always thought he had this offensive potential, but I think getting out from behind the plate has shown what a good offensive player he can be. He's going to get a chance to play and hopefully contribute. He'll give us some offense at third base."

Ward's path to the Majors became clearer after the Angels designated Luis Valbuena for assignment last week. The Angels have been using a combination of Kaleb Cowart, Jefry Marte and Jose Fernandez to fill their void at third base, but Ward will get a chance to play there regularly once he is officially added to the roster.

"He's going to get a good chance to play," Scioscia said. "It's tough to just project how much playing time a guy will get because you're still looking for production and performance. You certainly don't want to give him too much to where a young kid is swallowed up by what the experience is. But we think he's ready for it, and he'll get a chance to meet the challenge."

Trout update
Mike Trout did not travel with the club to San Diego, as he is currently on the East Coast attending to a personal family matter. The Angels had been hoping to get Trout back on Thursday, when he's eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list, but this development has cast doubt on his availability. Trout has been sidelined since Aug. 1 with an inflamed right wrist.

Worth noting
• Shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned to the lineup on Monday after missing one game with left knee soreness.

• The Angels called up right-hander Osmer Morales from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned right-hander Eduardo Paredes on Monday. It is the first stint in the Majors for the 25-year-old Morales, who has logged a 6.22 ERA over 92 2/3 innings for Salt Lake this year. Scioscia said Morales is a potential starting option for the Angels, who currently have two vacancies in their rotation following the injuries to Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano.

• The Angels announced Monday that they have signed a two-year extension of their player development contract with the Salt Lake Bees. The new deal will cover the 2021-2022 seasons. The two clubs have been affiliates since 2001.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Reds promote Reed for bullpen depth

Mella optioned to Triple-A Louisville in corresponding move
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CINCINNATI -- Left-handed pitcher Cody Reed has been on a very good stretch of starts for Triple-A Louisville lately -- 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his last four starts -- but there is no vacancy in a Reds big league rotation that is already brimming with six starters.

But Reed found himself back in the Majors again on Monday, recalled from Louisville to be available from the bullpen. Keury Mella was optioned to Louisville as the corresponding move after he threw 47 pitches in two innings Sunday and allowing three home runs in a 9-2 loss to Arizona.

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CINCINNATI -- Left-handed pitcher Cody Reed has been on a very good stretch of starts for Triple-A Louisville lately -- 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his last four starts -- but there is no vacancy in a Reds big league rotation that is already brimming with six starters.

But Reed found himself back in the Majors again on Monday, recalled from Louisville to be available from the bullpen. Keury Mella was optioned to Louisville as the corresponding move after he threw 47 pitches in two innings Sunday and allowing three home runs in a 9-2 loss to Arizona.

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Reed was not disappointed that he wasn't brought up to start games.

"I'm in the big leagues now, so it's not frustrating," Reed said. "Last time I was here for a couple of hours, so hopefully it's a little longer than that. Whatever role they want me to be in, I don't care as long as I'm up here."

Reed was on the Opening Day roster as a reliever and went back to Louisville in April. On July 4, he was called up to be long-relief insurance the day after an extra-inning game but was not used and went right back down. Monday was his scheduled day to start for Louisville.

This time however, indications are that Reed will get a chance to stick around.

"I think this time he should feel like he doesn't have to go in there and dominate to stay," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We just want to give him a long look."

In 18 games (17 starts) overall for Louisville this season, Reed is 4-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 105 2/3 innings. He's allowed 31 walks while striking out 105. He has yet to put it all together for the big league club, going 1-8 with a 6.65 ERA in 26 games, including 12 starts, over parts of the past three seasons.

"He is another guy we have to continue to get information on moving forward," Riggleman said. "We feel like he can be another significant part of this ballclub in the future. He is young, but it is not like he is 21. It is time for him to come in and solidify a spot on the ballclub."

Three starts ago for Louisville, Reed pitched 7 2/3 innings and struck out nine and then followed that outing with 8 2/3 innings and 10 strikeouts. During his previous callup, he cited improved confidence and better mental attitude for his success. That remains one of his strengths over a month later.

"I like having the ball in the seventh inning. It feels good," Reed said. "I haven't made any adjustments really with my stuff or grips. I'm just really starting to trust it, going out there knowing that I'm better than the guy that's got a bat in his hand. That automatically has some sort of advantage in my favor. I'm just acting like I've got nothing to lose. It's helped me so far, especially with going deep in the game."

Schebler feels good after throwing
For the first time since his rehab assignment at Louisville was cut short because of persistent right shoulder soreness on Friday, Reds outfielder Scott Schebler resumed a throwing program. With third-base coach Billy Hatcher catching for him on the field at Great American Ball Park, Schebler made approximately 40 throws from a distance of 90 feet.

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"I could actually throw it down at his waist, I could throw it down at his knees," Schebler said. "That's a good indication. It's just like pitching, when people get tired or you're hurt, you're throwing the ball up in the zone. Being able to finish throws and throw it down, kind of at his waist level, that was good, that was really good for a first day."

Schebler would likely resume his rehab assignment for a few games before the Reds activate him from the disabled list. He's been out since spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder from a crash into the wall on July 14 at St. Louis.

Video: CIN@STL: Schebler gets injured on a catch at the wall

Most importantly, Schebler felt no pain or discomfort during or after throwing.

"Yeah, big breakthrough. No pain is really nice," Schebler said. "I'm excited to get back at this point. I'm not sure exactly the schedule as far as going forward, but I'm assuming it'll be pretty quick, now that there's no pain."

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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Trade Talk: Bruce, Castro, Dietrich, Straily

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The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone, but the transaction wire could stay hot ahead of Aug. 31. That date is important because clubs acquiring new players via trade must have those players on their 40-man roster by then in order for that player (or players) to be eligible for its postseason roster. Teams can acquire players after Sept. 1, but those players would not be eligible to play with that team in the playoffs. 

Throughout August, it's not uncommon for high-profile players to be placed on waivers. In fact, most clubs will place a sizable portion of their Major League roster on waivers to gauge interest for their talent ahead of the offseason. 

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone, but the transaction wire could stay hot ahead of Aug. 31. That date is important because clubs acquiring new players via trade must have those players on their 40-man roster by then in order for that player (or players) to be eligible for its postseason roster. Teams can acquire players after Sept. 1, but those players would not be eligible to play with that team in the playoffs. 

Throughout August, it's not uncommon for high-profile players to be placed on waivers. In fact, most clubs will place a sizable portion of their Major League roster on waivers to gauge interest for their talent ahead of the offseason. 

When a waiver claim is placed, the player's original club has three options:
• Work out a standard trade with the claiming club within 48 hours
• Allow the player -- and all money remaining on his contract -- to go to the claiming club with no return
• Pull the player back off waivers

A player who is pulled back off waivers can be placed on trade waivers a second time, but at that point the waiver request becomes irrevocable. If a player passes through waivers unclaimed, he can then be traded to any club, free of restriction (though all 40-man-roster players in the trade must clear waivers before being dealt).

Glossary: Trade Waivers & Aug. 31 'Deadline'

With that in mind, here is the latest trade buzz: 

Bruce could be odd man out of Mets' outfield
Aug. 13: Jay Bruce is a name to monitor this month as the Mets could look to deal from their outfield surplus. Trading Bruce would open up time at the corners for Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.

Bruce is nearing a return from a right hip injury that's sidelined him since June 17. Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggested Monday that Bruce could be dealt if he show's he's healthy before the end of the month, pointing to the Giants, Mariners, Rockies, Indians and Tigers as potential trade partners for the Mets.

Bruce has a five-team no-trade clause of the Orioles, Mariners, Rays, Blue Jays and A's, per Sherman, and two years, $28 million remaining on his contract after this season. He's batting .212/.292/.613 with three homers and 17 RBIs through 62 games this season.

Marlins remain open to trading more veterans
Aug. 13: While the Marlins have traded Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Cameron Maybin, Brad Ziegler and Justin Bour in less than nine months, they might not be done dealing.

According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the Marlins remain open to moving some veterans before Aug. 31, with infielder/outfielder Derek Dietrich, second baseman Starlin Castro and right-hander Dan Straily among the most likely candidates to be dealt.

Dietrich could draw more suitors than the other two, as he has considerable experience at three positions (2B, 3B, LF), owns a 116 OPS+ over the past four seasons and is controllable through 2020. Per Jackson, the Cubs and Indians inquired about the 29-year-old during July.

Meanwhile, Jackson writes that "no team expressed serious interest" in Castro, who is owed nearly $12 million in '19 and has a team option for $16 million with a $1 million buyout for '20, before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. And though the A's discussed a Straily trade with the Marlins last month, Oakland has since acquired Mike Fiers from the Tigers.

The 29-year-old Straily has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility remaining after this one before he can become a free agent, which helps his trade value. But teams may be hesitant to give up notable prospects for a pitcher who has recorded a lifetime 4.27 ERA with a 4.81 FIP (4.42 ERA, 5.40 FIP in '18).

Phillies land Bour from Marlins
Aug. 10: The Phillies acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for Minor League left-handed pitcher McKenzie Mills. Bour joins Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins in the Phillies' first-base corps, while adding a solid left-handed bat off the bench.

Bour is slashing .227/.347/.412 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs this season -- a decline in power from the first baseman's .536 slugging percentage in 2017. But with 69 walks in 447 plate appearances this season (ranked 10th-best in MLB), he's still a nice addition off the bench.

The 30-year-old Bour is arbitration eligible for two more years before hitting free agency in 2021.

Mills was acquired by Philadelphia in the July 2017 trade that sent infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Nationals. The 22-year-old southpaw is 2-5 with a 3.51 ERA, 85 strikeouts and 33 walks in 20 games (16 starts) and 89 2/3 innings for Class A Clearwater.

Video: Phillies make move for Bour to bolster lineup

Will Dodgers look to trade market to bolster injury-plagued bullpen?
Aug. 10: With Kenley Jansen expected to miss about a month after being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat Thursday, the Dodgers are now without their closer in addition to relievers Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields, Yimi Garcia, Erik Goeddel and Daniel Hudson.

In the midst of a heated race with the D-backs and Rockies in the National League West, Los Angeles may look to swing an August trade for some bullpen help.

The problem? There might not be many attractive options available.

Sergio Romo, Jim Johnson and Tyler Clippard pitch for AL teams, meaning the Dodgers will be one of the last clubs that has a chance to claim them, based on the waiver-priority rules. Those hurlers might not even make it out of the AL before being claimed, as was the case with Fernando Rodney, who was traded to the A's on Thursday after being snagged off waivers from the Twins.

As for NL relievers, pitchers such as Bud Norris, Kirby Yates, Craig Stammen, Jared Hughes and David Hernandez also have a good chance of being claimed before the Dodgers have the opportunity to grab them.

Tigers southpaw Francisco Liriano reportedly cleared waivers already, but he's unlikely to draw interest as anything more than a lefty specialist. Liriano has held same-sided hitters to a .567 OPS since the outset of 2017, but right-handed batters have posted an .849 mark against him in that time.

A's acquire Rodney from Twins
Aug. 9: The A's continued adding to their pitching staff Thursday, acquiring reliever Fernando Rodney from the Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Dakota Chalmers. 

Following recent trades for relievers Jeurys Familia and Shawn Kelley as well as starter Mike Fiers, Oakland added another bullpen piece in Rodney. As Minnesota's closer, the 41-year-old posted a 3.09 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP with 25 saves and a 10.3 K/9 rate. Rodney, who is earning $4.25 million this year, has a team option for the same salary next year with a $250,000 buyout.

Chalmers, 21, has been on the Minor League disabled list since April 24. He did not appear in MLB Pipeline's rankings of Oakland's top 30 prospects. Currently in Class A, the righty has gone 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP with a 10.2 K/9 rate across four Minor League seasons.

Despite seeing their starting rotation decimated by injuries, the A's have been surprise contenders this year and currently hold one of the AL's two Wild Card spots along with the Yankees. Oakland has been especially active after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring three pitchers in the last five days. The Twins, meanwhile, have continued to sell after dealing several players, including Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar and Lance Lynn, prior to the Deadline. The A's clearly believe they are not a fluke, however, and have positioned themselves for a postseason run over the season's final two months.

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Which team has the best chance of landing Donaldson?
Aug. 9: Although Josh Donaldson hasn't played since May 28 due to a left calf strain and is part of a Blue Jays club that is well out of playoff contention, the third baseman still has a chance to influence the postseason picture and even swing the 2018 World Series title.

If Donaldson can return from the disabled list this month and prove to be even a fraction of the player he was from 2015-17, he should be an attractive trade target before Aug. 31.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman broke down the market for Donaldson in an article for Fancred Sports, listing the Indians, Cardinals, Braves, Cubs and Red Sox as potential landing spots for the impending free agent.

Heyman pegged Cleveland as the most likely of the five, as the Indians can move American League MVP Award candidate Jose Ramirez to second base and shift Jason Kipnis to the outfield to help out a group that has been decimated by injuries and just lost recent acquisition Leonys Martin to the disabled list with a "non-baseball condition."

While the Indians entered Thursday having scored the third-most runs in the Majors, their offense is extremely top-heavy. Adding another bat will give them a greater chance of defeating the likes of the Red Sox, Astros and Yankees and emerging as the AL champion.

Out of those five clubs, Cleveland will also have the first chance to claim Donaldson off waivers, as waiver priority is determined by reverse standings (worst to best record) in the player's league, followed by reverse standings in the other league.

Daniels: Beltre trade 'unlikely,' but Rangers still listening to offers
Aug. 7: While the Rangers will continue to field offers for Adrian Beltre, president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels indicated Monday that the third baseman is probably not going anywhere before Aug. 31.

"I don't think it's likely," Daniels said on MLB Network Radio. "We'll handle it the same way we've handled it the whole time with Adrian, which is direct communication."

Beltre, 39, is set to hit free agency after this season, but he has expressed interest in finishing his career with the Rangers. And with 10-and-5 rights, the veteran has veto power over any deal.

With that being a factor, Daniels explained the Rangers' process in July was to present Beltre with any team that was interested in acquiring him before opening trade discussions, rather than negotiating with a specific club and then approaching Beltre about accepting a trade once a deal was reached. Per Daniels, the club will maintain that approach this month.

"If it's something that's good for all parties involved, then we would entertain it," Daniels said. "And if it's not, then we'd be thrilled with him finishing his year out with us."

The Rangers would be able to pursue a trade with any of the other 29 clubs only if Beltre clears waivers. But given his no-trade rights and contract -- he's owed the remainder of his $18 million salary for this season -- he has a good chance of going unclaimed.

Iglesias, Liriano, Zimmermann reportedly pass through waivers unclaimed
Aug. 7: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, left-hander Francisco Liriano and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann have all cleared revocable waivers, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. As a result, they can now be dealt to any of the other 29 MLB clubs.

Iglesias and Liriano are both impending free agents who are unlikely to draw interest from non-contending teams, limiting the number of potential suitors.

Iglesias has hit .267 with four homers and a .697 OPS for Detroit this season. The 28-year-old is similar to Adeiny Hechavarria, another glove-first shortstop and free-agent-to-be. Hechavarria was dealt from the Rays to the Pirates for Class A right-hander Matt Seelinger on Monday.

Liriano has made 17 of his 18 appearances as a starter this season, but he could be an attractive trade target as a reliever. The southpaw has limited same-sided batters to a .441 OPS this year while allowing right-handed hitters to post an .819 OPS.

Liriano also opened 2017 as a starter, making his first 18 appearances as a member of the Blue Jays' rotation, but he moved to the bullpen after being acquired by the Astros in July and went on to win a World Series title with the club.

Zimmermann, meanwhile, is still owed $50 million over '19-20 as well as the remainder of his $24 million salary for this season. He's having a solid campaign (4.31 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), but the Tigers would likely need to eat a large chunk of his salary to move him. The club would also need the 32-year-old to waive his no-trade clause, which he was given for the first three years of the five-year deal he signed prior to the '16 season.

Brewers still looking to trade for starting pitcher?
Aug. 6: The Brewers were one of MLB's busiest teams before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and general manager David Stearns doesn't appear to be done. Milwaukee claimed right-hander Jordan Lyles off waivers from the Padres on Tuesday, and Stearns remains focused on adding a starting pitcher, per MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.

McCalvy considers the Reds' Matt Harvey a potential match if the right-hander clears waivers and mentions the Twins' Ervin Santana and the White Sox James Shields as additional possibilities.

Harvey's name was floated in numerous trade rumors before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, with the Brewers among the clubs that reportedly discussed trading for him, but the impending free agent ultimately wasn't dealt.

Although Harvey, 29, has pitched better overall since he was traded from the Mets to the Reds for Devin Mesoraco on May 8, he has struggled lately. In his past three starts, Harvey has allowed 15 earned runs on 19 hits (including six homers) and four walks over 12 2/3 innings.

The Brewers, who entered Monday one game back of the Cubs in the National League Central and holding the top NL Wild Card spot, are currently without their top three starters. Jimmy Nelson is nearly one year removed from the right-shoulder surgery that ended his 2017 campaign, though he did throw a bullpen session that included offspeed pitches on Tuesday. Zach Davies has dealt with numerous setbacks in his attempted return from right rotator cuff inflammation. And Brent Suter was lost to the season due to Tommy John surgery last month. More >

Reds call up Reed, option Mella to Triple-A

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The Reds announced on Monday that they've recalled left-hander Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville, likely to take the long-relief spot in Cincinnati's bullpen from right-hander Keury Mella, who was optioned to Louisville in a corresponding move.

Reed hasn't pitched for the big league club since he was optioned back to Louisville in April. He made four appearances, over which he gave up three earned runs in five innings, with one walk and five hits, including two homers. Over parts of three big league seasons, Reed is 1-8 with a 6.65 ERA over 70 1/3 innings across 26 outings, including 12 starts.

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The Reds announced on Monday that they've recalled left-hander Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville, likely to take the long-relief spot in Cincinnati's bullpen from right-hander Keury Mella, who was optioned to Louisville in a corresponding move.

Reed hasn't pitched for the big league club since he was optioned back to Louisville in April. He made four appearances, over which he gave up three earned runs in five innings, with one walk and five hits, including two homers. Over parts of three big league seasons, Reed is 1-8 with a 6.65 ERA over 70 1/3 innings across 26 outings, including 12 starts.

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Mella, who was recalled on July 27, never quite found his footing. He surrendered nine earned runs over 9 1/3 innings over four appearances, including a four-run outing in Sunday's 9-2 loss to the D-backs in which he gave up three homers. A hybrid starter, who was first called up last September, Mella has a career 8.10 ERA over 13 1/3 innings.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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Ramirez goes 5 scoreless in return vs. Astros

Rumbelow optioned in place of returning right-hander
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HOUSTON -- Erasmo Ramirez's return from a three-month stint on the disabled list couldn't have gone much better on Sunday at Minute Maid Park, as he threw five scoreless innings in the Mariners' 4-3, 10-inning win over the Astros.

Reliever Nick Rumbelow was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma as Ramirez replaced Felix Hernandez in the rotation after the longtime ace was moved to the bullpen on Thursday by manager Scott Servais. Herenandez went 8-10 with a 5.73 ERA in his first 23 starts.

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HOUSTON -- Erasmo Ramirez's return from a three-month stint on the disabled list couldn't have gone much better on Sunday at Minute Maid Park, as he threw five scoreless innings in the Mariners' 4-3, 10-inning win over the Astros.

Reliever Nick Rumbelow was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma as Ramirez replaced Felix Hernandez in the rotation after the longtime ace was moved to the bullpen on Thursday by manager Scott Servais. Herenandez went 8-10 with a 5.73 ERA in his first 23 starts.

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Ramirez allowed just three hits and no walks as Seattle secured a four-game sweep.

"You always want to come back and try to help the team the most you can," Ramirez said. "Today, I was able to execute pitches. And when I got in trouble, I was able to hit the spots I wanted to hit. It was something huge for me, waiting for this moment to come out there and give 100 percent to the team and try to help."

Ramirez has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 1 with a right teres major strain. He made seven rehab starts with Triple-A Tacoma, Double-A Arkansas and Class A Advanced Modesto for a combined 0-2 record and 2.45 ERA with 26 strikeouts and four walks in 25 2/3 innings.

"We didn't really know what we were going to get or how long he could go, but Erasmo was effective today," Servais said. "Good sinker, pretty good cutter. He elevated some balls and threw some good changeups in there at times. He kept them off balance.

"Houston isn't swinging the bats great right now. We were in that spot a few weeks ago. It happens. It's the ebb and flow of a season. We got just enough out of Erasmo to get it to the back of the bullpen and got it done from there."

Ramirez limited the Astros to a lone single in the first four innings, then loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth on two singles and a Kyle Seager error. But he struck out Kyle Tucker and got a double-play grounder from Martin Maldonado and then punched his glove and came off the mound with a rare show of emotion.

"You might see that a little more often," said the seven-year veteran. "It's been a long wait, and every play and every time I can get out of the inning and put a zero on the scoreboard, it's going to be a huge deal for me when I'm pitching these last two months."

Video: Ramirez gets inning-ending DP

Ramirez missed most of Spring Training with a strained lat muscle and then went 0-2 with a 10.24 ERA in two April starts before going on the DL. But he came into the season expected to hold down a spot in Seattle's rotation after posting a 3.35 ERA in his final nine starts of 2017 after being reacquired from the Rays for reliever Steve Cishek.

In seven Major League seasons with the Rays and Mariners, Ramirez is 30-37 with three saves and a 4.29 ERA in 184 games with 84 starts.

Rumbelow didn't appear in any games in his latest time with the Mariners after being recalled from Tacoma on Thursday. He's posted a 7.84 ERA in 10 1/3 innings over eight games from two previous stints with Seattle.

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

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Sox activate Sale; Bogaerts, Benintendi rest

Workman optioned to Triple-A; Johnson pitches from 'pen
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BALTIMORE -- Brandon Workman, who pitched twice in the series against the Orioles, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Chris Sale, who returned from the disabled list on Sunday to strike out 12 across five innings in the Red Sox's 4-1 series-sweeping win over Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Right-handed pitcher William Cuevas, who served as the 26th man during Saturday's doubleheader, also returned to Pawtucket.

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BALTIMORE -- Brandon Workman, who pitched twice in the series against the Orioles, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Chris Sale, who returned from the disabled list on Sunday to strike out 12 across five innings in the Red Sox's 4-1 series-sweeping win over Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Right-handed pitcher William Cuevas, who served as the 26th man during Saturday's doubleheader, also returned to Pawtucket.

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Bogaerts, Benintendi rest

The consequences of three games in 24 hours have taken a toll on the Red Sox.

Xander Bogaerts jammed his left pinky sliding into third base in Boston's Game 2 win over Baltimore on Saturday night. X-rays taken after the game were negative, manager Alex Cora said, but the shortstop sat in Sunday's series finale to get extended rest with an off-day on Monday.

Video: BAL@BOS: Bogaerts races home on a steal and error

Cora does not foresee Bogaerts' injury impacting his availability past Sunday.

"Last night, he was like, 'I'm ready to play now,'" Cora said. "I get it, but no. But we'll use him if we need him."

Andrew Benintendi also got the day off on Sunday -- his second game in a row -- as Cora described his legs as a little heavy following the midweek series on Toronto's turf field. Benintendi pinch-hit in Game 2 on Saturday, but he struck out to snap a 10-game hitting streak.

Like Bogaerts, Benintendi is not expected to miss more time; rather, Cora said he wanted the left fielder out about two and a half days, without starting Saturday night or Sunday, plus the Monday off-day.

Video: BOS@BAL: Benintendi rips a 3-run jack to extend lead

"After I pinch hit him, I was like, 'What am I doing?" Cora said jokingly. He added, "They were giving me a hard time because he had a 10-game hitting streak. I killed it, so he was what, 46 away [from the record]?"

Johnson enters from 'pen

The series against Baltimore has weighed heavily on Boston's bullpen, but it got an addition on Sunday. Brian Johnson, who had been in line to start during the upcoming series in Philadelphia, came out of the 'pen to toss a scoreless seventh inning. He also warmed up momentarily during Game 2 on Saturday, but he was never used.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. Follow him on Twitter at @zachsilver.

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Marlins acquire Bostick from Bucs for cash

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MIAMI -- The Marlins acquired infielder/outfielder Christopher Bostick from the Pirates for cash on Sunday, and the 25-year-old will report to Triple-A New Orleans.

Bostick, who will be added to Miami's 40-man roster, has big league experience and provides organizational depth.

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MIAMI -- The Marlins acquired infielder/outfielder Christopher Bostick from the Pirates for cash on Sunday, and the 25-year-old will report to Triple-A New Orleans.

Bostick, who will be added to Miami's 40-man roster, has big league experience and provides organizational depth.

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A 44th-round pick by the A's in 2011, Bostic has enjoyed a strong season with the Pirates' Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate. In 78 games, his slash line was .295/.351/.436 with 24 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 32 RBIs.

Bostick also has appeared in two games with the Pirates, going hitless in two at-bats. In 2017, the right-handed-hitting and throwing outfielder appeared in 20 games with Pittsburgh, with a slash line of .296/.406/.370 in 27 at-bats.

The Marlins are in need of outfield depth at Triple-A now that Magneuris Sierra, Isaac Galloway and Rafael Ortega have been promoted to the big leagues.

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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Padres' gamble on Reyes pays dividends

Unprotected in Rule 5 Draft, OF now figures into long-term plans
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SAN DIEGO -- Franmil Reyes remembers that November night vividly. He knew the situation. He knew the Padres needed to add him to the 40-man roster by 8 that night, or his fate with the organization -- the only one he'd ever played for -- would be at the mercy of the Rule 5 Draft.

So Reyes, in his childhood bedroom, waited for the phone call that would tell him he'd been added to the San Diego roster. It never came.

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SAN DIEGO -- Franmil Reyes remembers that November night vividly. He knew the situation. He knew the Padres needed to add him to the 40-man roster by 8 that night, or his fate with the organization -- the only one he'd ever played for -- would be at the mercy of the Rule 5 Draft.

So Reyes, in his childhood bedroom, waited for the phone call that would tell him he'd been added to the San Diego roster. It never came.

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Despite having led all Padres Minor Leaguers with 26 homers last season, Reyes was exposed in the Rule 5 Draft. Two weeks later, he was unselected.

"When the Padres didn't protect me, it was: 'I'm not going to let them know that I'm feeling down,'" Reyes said. "I'm going to give my 100 percent, and I know I'm going to make the Majors this year. So I worked hard. And here I am."

Video: SD@CHC: Reyes launches a 477-foot moonshot to center

Here he is, suddenly factoring prominently into the Padres' long-term outfield plans. At 23, Reyes has exceeded all expectations this season. He tore through Triple-A before earning a promotion to the Majors (and the 40-man roster) in May.

His debut came with some growing pains, and his average slumped to .182 at the end of May. But Reyes has worked out some kinks in his swing. Since his July 11 recall, he's hitting .324/.395/.647 (with a brief spell back in the Minors before Wil Myers' injury).

Lately, Reyes has been the type of young hitter that 29 other clubs could use in the middle of their order. And 29 other clubs had their chance to take him in December.

"There were a lot of people here who believed in him," said Padres manager Andy Green. "But you have 40 spots. You make 40 tough decisions. Some guys are just on the periphery of that. Sometimes it comes down to, 'Hey, do we think somebody's going to take this guy? No. But do we think somebody's going to take this other guy?' That doesn't mean that we necessarily value somebody over somebody else."

To hear the Padres tell it, their decision to leave Reyes unprotected was a calculated risk. Earlier that month, Reyes underwent minor hand surgery. They thought that might dissuade teams from selecting him. His shoddy defense probably had the same effect.

The gamble paid off. But make no mistake: It was a gamble. The Padres almost certainly wouldn't have made it had they foreseen this much success this quickly for Reyes.

"He has stepped up and taken another huge step in his development this year," Green said. "There's no doubt about that. What he did in El Paso, it's off the charts. And what he's done here has been really special, too."

Reyes is a massive human with massive power. His plate approach is already very refined. It's easy to forget he's only 23 years old.

Reyes' emergence was at least partly responsible for the club's decision to experiment with Myers at third base. That experiment says the team is more confident in its long-term corner-outfield options than those for third base. Reyes is an important piece in that mix, alongside Hunter Renfroe, Travis Jankowski and Franchy Cordero.

No question, the Padres have been impressed by the results. They've been just as impressed by the mental side of Reyes' game. Upon his most recent demotion, Reyes watched old videos of his swings and compared them to his current one. He noticed he'd inadvertently increased his leg kick and the length of his swing.

"When I was in Triple-A, everything was quiet, and I was good," Reyes said. "When I got here, maybe there was something in me that was trying to show the people, trying to show the fans, the power I have. I tried too much. It was about trying to slow down my game a little bit and be quieter, react."

It's paid dividends. Reyes is going to play at least semi-regularly down the stretch, with Myers poised to see time at third. It'll be up to Reyes to sustain that success and state his case for the future right-field job.

"He's definitely played his way into the mix," Green said. "He's got more work to do out in front of him. But he has done a lot to draw everybody's attention to his ability."

Noteworthy

• The Padres optioned right-hander Walker Lockett to Triple-A El Paso, a day after he was roughed up for five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Lockett owns a 9.60 ERA in four appearances this season. The move means San Diego will revert to its five-man rotation.

• In Lockett's place, the Padres recalled righty reliever Kazuhisa Makita, who has been excellent at Triple-A, but has struggled in the Majors this season. In 23 appearances for the Padres, Makita has a 7.09 ERA.

Eric Lauer threw his first bullpen session since he was placed on the disabled list with left forearm tightness last month. The Padres remain optimistic Lauer could return to the rotation in August.

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

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With Delino back, Robinson optioned to Minors

Outfielder shows improvement, but Rangers committed to Tocci
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NEW YORK -- The Rangers have seen improvement in outfielder Drew Robinson, but it was not enough to keep him in the Major Leagues.

Robinson was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday when Delino DeShields was activated off the disabled list. Robinson went 2-for-6 with four walks and five runs scored during his brief return to the Rangers.

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NEW YORK -- The Rangers have seen improvement in outfielder Drew Robinson, but it was not enough to keep him in the Major Leagues.

Robinson was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday when Delino DeShields was activated off the disabled list. Robinson went 2-for-6 with four walks and five runs scored during his brief return to the Rangers.

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"We like what we saw from Drew," manager Jeff Banister said. "He made some nice adjustments in the batter's box. We know what he can do defensively and with his versatility. He had more consistent at-bats, the swing and miss is down. We like the improvements, and we like the adjustments."

Robinson began the season with the Rangers but went on the disabled list on May 7 with a sore left hip. He was hitting .175 at that time, with 48 strikeouts in 86 at-bats. He ended up being sent to Round Rock, where he was hitting .308 with a .374 on-base percentage and .556 slugging percentage in 49 games.

"It's a situation where we don't have a spot for everybody," general manager Jon Daniels said. "From a player's perspective, that's hard to hear. It's tough to be patient, but these things have a way of working themselves out."

The Rangers don't have a spot for Robinson because they remain committed to Carlos Tocci, the Rule 5 Draft pick from the Phillies who must remain on the roster all season. Tocci is hitting .176 with 15 hits in 85 at-bats over limited playing time. He has just three extra-base hits and four walks against 35 strikeouts.

"We are really pleased where [Tocci] is defensively," Daniels said. "We are pleased with the work ethic. He has put quality strength on, and the quality of at-bats has improved. The defense is ahead of the offense. We've committed to this point, and we'll continue to ride it out. Obviously, he would benefit from additional development time."

Video: BAL@TEX: Tocci makes a leaping grab at the wall

Tocci will likely play Winter Ball to make up for a lack of playing time with the Rangers. Next season, when he is free from Rule 5 restrictions, Tocci can play regularly at Triple-A if needed. The Rangers are confident that carrying Tocci this season despite him not being ready for the Major Leagues will pay off.

"A big part of this has been acquiring and developing young talent," Daniels said. "We are talking about a guy who has been viewed as a smart baseball player, plays defense, good bat-to-ball skills. There has always been a question of how much he'll hit, but he has hit at every level he has been at. He's a right-handed-hitting center fielder, plus defender, smart player who can handle the bat. That's a pretty good starting point."

Rangers beat
• Daniels said that nothing has changed in regard to third baseman Adrian Beltre and the possibility of Beltre being traded by the end of the month. Beltre would have to clear waivers, and he can also veto any trade, but it remains an option if a contending team gets serious.

"It's the same as we described it before," Daniels said. "Our preference is for him to finish the year as a Ranger, but we're open in the right scenario. If anything is brought to us, he would be the first to know. If it gets to that point, we'll talk to him about it."

Beltre was in the lineup at third base on Sunday, one day after getting hit in the left leg by a 100-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman.

"He's a tough guy," Banister said. "We talked to him. He's OK."

• Serving as designated hitter because of a wet playing field, Nomar Mazara went 2-for-3 for Round Rock on Saturday night in a game that was suspended in the top of the fifth. Mazara, on the DL with a strained right thumb, may not be ready to return until Thursday, when the Rangers open a four-game series with the Angels in Arlington.

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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Eflin optioned to make room for Bour on roster

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SAN DIEGO -- The newest member of the Phillies joined the club in San Diego on Saturday. Justin Bour arrived in the visiting locker room at Petco Park clad in red and grey, a stark difference from the Marlins uniform he donned less than 48 hours ago.

A corresponding move had to transpire to make room for Bour on the 25-man roster. The Phillies optioned starting pitcher Zach Eflin to Triple-A, a rather surprising move, given Eflin's success in the rotation this season and the Phillies' season-long practice of carrying 13 pitchers.

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SAN DIEGO -- The newest member of the Phillies joined the club in San Diego on Saturday. Justin Bour arrived in the visiting locker room at Petco Park clad in red and grey, a stark difference from the Marlins uniform he donned less than 48 hours ago.

A corresponding move had to transpire to make room for Bour on the 25-man roster. The Phillies optioned starting pitcher Zach Eflin to Triple-A, a rather surprising move, given Eflin's success in the rotation this season and the Phillies' season-long practice of carrying 13 pitchers.

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With a doubleheader scheduled against the Mets next week, manager Gabe Kapler said it's likely Eflin won't miss his next start. Teams are permitted to carry 26 players on doubleheader days, so Eflin could be recalled to start one of the games.

Kapler called the move an opportunity to increase a "marginal advantage" in the National League East. Going into Saturday, the Phillies were tied with the Braves for the division lead.

"We made the decision with the understanding that it's possible [Eflin] continues to make all of his starts for us," Kapler said. "Right now, we have to believe that the division is going to come down to one game. If that's true, having an additional player on our roster that we can use right now is that marginal edge."

There was speculation that the player to be optioned would be J.P. Crawford or Scott Kingery

"[Eflin's] a professional through and through," Kapler said. "He understands that we're going to try and get every marginal advantage through the end of the season that we possibly can. Sometimes, one guy takes it on the chin so that 25 guys, as a group and as an organization, can prosper."

Worth noting 

• Bour was not in the starting lineup against the Padres on Saturday. He will primarily serve as a left-handed power hitter off the bench, with Carlos Santana expected to see the bulk of time at first base. It's a new role for Bour, who had been the Marlins' starting first baseman since 2015. 

Video: Bour discusses trade, excitement to join Phils

"[The Phillies] have been great with communicating, letting me know things ahead of time, where my role is, and stuff like that," Bour said. "But for me, all I want to do is come and help the team win. ... You play the game of baseball for these last couple months, when you're making a playoff push and you're playing meaningful games. It's definitely a change of pace I'm very much looking forward to."

Wilson Ramos was to begin his rehab assignment in Class A Advanced Clearwater on Saturday. Kapler said the plan was for Ramos to play five innings Saturday and serve as the designated hitter Sunday, before getting a day off to be evaluated.

"From a results standpoint, we just want to see him healthy," Kapler said. "One of the ways to get there is making sure he has the reps under his belt, get a little timing and rhythm at the plate, and then he's ready to roll."

Ramos has been on the disabled list since July 18 with a left hamstring strain. He has yet to play a game with the Phillies since being acquired from Tampa Bay at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Katie Woo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo.

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Houser optioned; Wilkerson rejoins bullpen

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ATLANTA -- The life of a relief pitcher isn't always glamorous. Adrian Houser learned that on Saturday.

After throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief on Friday, Houser was rewarded with a trip back to Colorado Springs. With Houser likely unable to pitch the rest of the weekend, the Brewers needed another arm and chose to recall right-handed pitcher Aaron Wilkerson from Triple-A Colorado Springs and option Houser.

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ATLANTA -- The life of a relief pitcher isn't always glamorous. Adrian Houser learned that on Saturday.

After throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief on Friday, Houser was rewarded with a trip back to Colorado Springs. With Houser likely unable to pitch the rest of the weekend, the Brewers needed another arm and chose to recall right-handed pitcher Aaron Wilkerson from Triple-A Colorado Springs and option Houser.

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Houser's entire stay in Atlanta was less than 24 hours after he was recalled Friday morning.

"It is tough on the guys," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Adrian didn't find out about this until, probably, we called him about 11 o'clock [on Friday], so it would be 9 o'clock in Colorado Springs and hopped on a plane, and we got here and he did a nice job for us."

This will be Wilkerson's second stint with the Brewers this season. He spent two weeks with the club from July 1-14, appearing in three games, including one start.

Like Houser, Wilkerson is capable of throwing multiple innings and will provide length to a bullpen that desperately needs it after the Brewers bullpen threw five innings of relief on Friday.

This kind of rotation has become the new norm for many Major League relievers. The Brewers have cycled through four players in that role this season, rotating among Houser, Wilkerson, Alec Asher and Jorge Lopez, who was traded to the Royals in the Mike Moustakas deal.

"This is what we've done all season," Counsell said. "It's been really helpful in kind of helping us managing innings in the bullpen and managing workloads. … I think that the big thing that we've communicated, and the players understand, is that they'll be back. They know that that's kind of their job this year, and they're trying to work their ways into a more solid role."

Brandon Woodruff has also seen some time, but the Brewers will try to shy away from using him in that capacity again until rosters expand, in case he's needed for a spot start down the stretch.

"We've kind of made the decision with him to try to, obviously until we get to September, to keep him in the rotation in case there's rotation needs, to have a guy stretched out," Counsell said.

Cody Pace is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Marisnick placed on DL; Tucker recalled

Springer could return during upcoming road trip
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HOUSTON -- The Astros placed Jake Marisnick on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday, after the center fielder pulled up abruptly with a left groin injury in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-2 loss to the Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

As George Springer's reliable defensive backup, Marisnick slashed a double to left field and felt the groin issue when sprinting out of the batter's box en route to second base.

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HOUSTON -- The Astros placed Jake Marisnick on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday, after the center fielder pulled up abruptly with a left groin injury in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-2 loss to the Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

As George Springer's reliable defensive backup, Marisnick slashed a double to left field and felt the groin issue when sprinting out of the batter's box en route to second base.

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"It's kind of just something that grabbed me a little bit," Marisnick said after Friday's game. "It's more something that scares you [more] than it's painful. With where we're at, they felt it was better to get me out of there than pressing."

The Astros recalled Kyle Tucker, the club's No. 2 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, to replace Marisnick on the 25-man active roster and aid an injured outfield.

"Rather than wait a couple days, which you wish you could always do, we decided to make a move," Astros manager AJ Hinch said.

The Astros have two off-days over the next 10 days (Monday and Thursday), so instead of keeping Marisnick active during games he wouldn't play because of the injury, the Astros brought back Tucker, who will be in Sunday's lineup. Hinch said he's unsure if Marisnick's stint will be a minimum of 10 days.

"So if it is minor and it's only a short time [on the DL], at least we have a full team for the time that Jake's out," Hinch said. "Tuck comes back. He had gone down and played pretty well in Triple-A. He will be in there tomorrow."

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