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Cervelli pays quick dividends in Braves debut

Former Pirate goes 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs after joining team on Saturday
@mlbbowman
12:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- A little more than a month after wondering if his career, or at least his days as a catcher were complete, Francisco Cervelli has found a new home with the Braves, who benefited from the immediate contributions he made in Saturday night’s 9-5 win over the Mets

Mets activate McNeil from IL, place Nido on it

NL batting leader enters game in 7th, goes 2-for-2; will start Sunday
@AnthonyDiComo
August 24, 2019

NEW YORK -- The National League’s leading hitter is back at Citi Field for the stretch run. The Mets activated Jeff McNeil off the injured list on Saturday, after he missed the minimum 10 games due to a strained left hamstring. McNeil was not in the starting lineup for Saturday

Mayza, Gaviglio tweak training to remain ready

Toronto's heavy bullpen usage has required relievers to adjust
@KeeganMatheson
August 24, 2019

SEATTLE -- With 34 pitchers used, a thin rotation and the opener strategy becoming more common as the season goes on, somebody has needed to do the heavy lifting in the Blue Jays’ bullpen. That’s fallen on Tim Mayza, who ranks second in the American League with 61 appearances going

Brewers DFA Opening Day starter Chacin

@AdamMcCalvy
August 24, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers designated their Opening Day starter for assignment on Saturday, the latest development in what has been a nightmare season for veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacín. Chacin's 40-man roster spot went to utility man Cory Spangenberg, who was promoted from Triple-A San Antonio before the Brewers' game against

Tigers call up shortstop prospect Castro

@beckjason
August 24, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS –- Willi Castro was just getting out of the clubhouse bathroom during a blowout loss for the Toledo Mud Hens Friday night in Columbus when he was told to sit down. He wondered if he was being disciplined for something. Instead, Hens manager Doug Mientkiewicz was giving him the

Simba 'feeling good' in return from injured list

@alysonfooter
August 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has missed most of August with a left ankle sprain, was activated from the 10-day injured list and inserted into the Angels' lineup on Friday. He went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the 5-4 loss to the Astros, but also made a spectacular defensive

Yanks claim righty reliever Cory Gearrin

@BryanHoch
August 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- The Yankees' search for pitching depth is continuing, as the club acquired right-hander Cory Gearrin off waivers from the Mariners on Friday and added him to the 40-man roster. Gearrin, 33, appeared in 48 games (two starts) with Seattle this season, logging a 3.92 ERA in 41

Royals tab Skoglund to start Sunday vs. Tribe

@FlannyMLB
August 23, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday and he will make a start against the Indians on Sunday at Progressive Field. Lefty reliever Richard Lovelady was optioned to Omaha. Sunday’s spot in the rotation could have gone to either left-hander Danny Duffy, who is

Bullpen overhaul complete as Gearrin claimed

Yankees acquire veteran right-hander, who was Seattle's last remaining arm from the Opening Day relief corps
@gregjohnsmlb
August 23, 2019

SEATTLE -- Mariners veteran reliever Cory Gearrin, the last remaining member of the bullpen that opened the season with Seattle, was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Friday. The move opens a roster spot for Seattle to promote rookie left-hander Justus Sheffield, who will make his first Major League

Toro makes MLB debut; Correa targets return

Club's No. 6 prospect provides infield depth with veterans out
@brianmctaggart
August 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- Speaking to the media for the first time since he left the Astros’ game Monday with a stiff lower back, shortstop Carlos Correa said Thursday he believes he’ll be back on the field within the next couple of weeks and be a driving force in Houston’s quest for

Romano recalled as Giles goes on paternity list

@SarahWexler32
August 22, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Blue Jays closer Ken Giles was placed on the paternity list ahead of Thursday’s series finale at Dodger Stadium. As the corresponding move, right-hander Jordan Romano was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Romano, 26, made his Major League debut on June 12, and has allowed three runs across

Pressly to have knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

@brianmctaggart
August 22, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Astros on Thursday announced All-Star relief pitcher Ryan Pressly will be out four to six weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, to be performed Friday in Houston. The move is a big blow for the Astros, who placed Pressly on the injured list for the

Flexen recalled from Triple-A; Tejada DFA'd

@SlangsOnSports
August 22, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Mets recalled Chris Flexen from Triple-A Syracuse before Thursday night's game and designated Rubén Tejada for assignment in a corresponding move. The team had been carrying 12 pitchers, so Flexen is the 13th. Marcus Stroman, who exited his outing on Wednesday with hamstring tightness, said he

Pirates release Cervelli, next stop Atlanta?

@adamdberry
August 22, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates on Thursday requested unconditional release waivers for veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli, giving him a chance to join a club contending for the postseason. Cervelli may soon find a fit in Atlanta. The Braves are nearing a deal with Cervelli, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report, but

Ryu could shake up free-agent pitching class

Lefty has 1.70 ERA over last 32 starts, but turns 33 in March
@feinsand
August 21, 2019

For the past calendar year, Hyun-Jin Ryu has been as good -- if not better -- than any starting pitcher in baseball. So why isn’t he getting more hype as a vaunted member of this winter’s relatively underwhelming free-agent class? The Dodgers’ pitcher is the favorite for this year’s National

Angels recall Barria, DFA Mejia ahead of DH

Bard brought up as 26th man to boost bullpen
August 21, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Before their split doubleheader against the Rangers on Tuesday, the Angels designated left-handed reliever Adalberto Mejía for assignment, recalled right-hander Jaime Barria from Triple-A Salt Lake and brought up right-hander Luke Bard from Salt Lake to shore up the bullpen. Bard was the extra man on the roster,

A's release right-hander Marco Estrada

@MartinJGallegos
August 20, 2019

OAKLAND -- Battling back issues that landed him on the injured list in April, Marco Estrada was released by the A’s on Tuesday. The right-hander had pitched in five Minor League games in an effort to return, but the pain in his back was limiting his effectiveness. “After every start,

Top prospect A.J. Puk joins A's

@MartinJGallegos
August 20, 2019

OAKLAND -- The A's expect A.J. Puk to serve as one of the anchors to their starting rotation for years to come. His first chance to make an impact in the Majors, however, will come in a different role. Puk, rated Oakland’s No. 2 prospect and No. 43 overall by

Dodgers activate Hernandez, Taylor from IL

Floro recalled; Negron placed on injured list; Garlick, Sadler optioned
@kengurnick
August 20, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers activated utilitymen Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, triggering other moves that illustrate club depth and upcoming difficult choices. To make room, the club placed infielder Kristopher Negrón on the 10-day injured list with neck stiffness and optioned outfielder

Rangers recall No. 12 prospect Hernandez

@Sullivan_Ranger
August 20, 2019

ARLINGTON -- In need of a fresh arm in their bullpen, the Rangers added reinforcement for Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Angels by calling up right-hander Jonathan Hernandez from Double-A Frisco. Hernandez and left-handed starter Brock Burke were both added before the second game. Right-handers Phillips Valdez and

Seattle calls up No. 8 prospect Fraley

Prospect jumped to Triple-A in June, knocked 19 homers in the Minors
@DKramer_
August 20, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake Fraley has earned his first Major League callup, one of the most prominent promotions in the Mariners’ self-professed “step-back season.” Fraley, the Mariners’ No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, will join the big league club in St. Petersburg, where its outfield-depleted roster is in the

Yanks sign Rosenthal to Minors deal (source)

August 20, 2019

The Yankees have agreed to a Minor League deal with right-hander Trevor Rosenthal, a source told MLB.com on Tuesday. The deal was first reported by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the deal. Rosenthal, 29, elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Tigers

Looking ahead to free-agent class of 2019-20

@JayCat11
August 19, 2019

Although a number of star players signed contract extensions before the 2019 season commenced instead of testing the open market this offseason, the upcoming free-agent class still includes many interesting names, and the pool could get even deeper if certain players decide to opt out. Below, you'll find the list

Crew bolsters bullpen with Jackson, Wilkerson

Black, Peralta optioned to Triple-A; Grisham starts again over Cain
@zachsilver
August 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Travel concerns aside, Brewers manager Craig Counsell acknowledged after Saturday's 14-inning marathon that he would have to be crafty in order to find some reinforcements in the bullpen after both his big league and Triple-A teams played at least 13 innings late into the evening. Early Sunday morning,

Giants DFA Bergen, call up Avelino

@mi_guardado
August 18, 2019

PHOENIX -- The Giants opened the year with two Rule 5 Draft picks on their 40-man roster. Neither remains. Left-hander Travis Bergen was designated for assignment Sunday to clear a roster spot for infielder Abiatal Avelino, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to give the Giants an extra position