MLB Player News

  • Andrew Triggs RP | OAK

    Athletics' Andrew Triggs: Lacks feel for cutter Sunday

    Triggs said he didn't have the same feel for his cutter Sunday as he did in his first three starts, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports.

    The regression monster came for Triggs on Sunday -- the M's touched him up for six runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He issued a bases-loaded walk and later served up a grand slam to Taylor Motter in the top of the third inning. Triggs hadn't allowed a run in his first three starts of the season (17.2 innings), with heavy usage of the cutter being an important part of that success. He will face another tough test next week in a road matchup against the Astros.

  • Ken Giles RP | HOU

    Astros' Ken Giles: Shuts down Rays to convert fifth save

    Giles allowed a hit and struck out a batter during a scoreless ninth inning to record his fifth save of the season during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

    Giles got himself into trouble during a series against the Mariners earlier this season, but he's been excellent otherwise and has now strung together four scoreless appearances with three saves. Houston boasts a potent offensive attack and is currently sporting a 13-6 record, so Giles projects to continue receiving plenty of opportunities to pile up tallies in the saves column.

  • Nick Tepesch RP | MIN

    Twins' Nick Tepesch: Will be called up from Triple-A

    Tepesch is expected to be called up by the Twins in the coming days, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.

    The current expectation is that Tepesch will join the big club at some point during Minnesota's upcoming series against the Rangers. Tepesch has been solid at Triple-A Rochester this season. Over three games (18 innings) he's compiled a 2.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and struck out 17 batters.

  • Buddy Boshers RP | MIN

    Twins' Buddy Boshers: Headed back to Triple-A

    Boshers was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.

    Boshers was efficient in Sunday's game against the Tigers. He pitched 2.1 innings, during which he allowed no hits and walked just a single batter. However, he'll return to Rochester where he's given up three runs over 3.2 innings (five games) this season.

  • Bud Norris RP | LAA

    Angels' Bud Norris: Picks up save Saturday

    Norris was called upon to close out Saturday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays, earning his first save of the season in the process.

    The Angels' bullpen has been decimated by injuries early in the season, seeing all three of the closing candidates land on the disabled list. Norris was the first to step into a save situation after Cam Bedrosian's (groin) placement on the DL, and the veteran came through in the clutch, tossing a clean inning and nailing down his first career save. Bedrosian's injury isn't considered serious, so there may not be a huge window for saves if he only spends the minimum 10 days away from the team, but Norris appears to be the pickup in the interim for those hurting for saves.

  • Jake Petricka RP | CHW

    White Sox's Jake Petricka: Having back evaluated

    Petricka is having his back examined in the coming days, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

    After the results of Petricka's evaluation become available, it should be easier to have an understanding as to when his eventual return may be. Once he's back in full health, Petricka will provide the White Sox with an additional relief arm.

  • Angels' Brooks Pounders: Recalled from Triple-A

    Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.

    Pounders worked as a swingman over his four appearances with Salt Lake this season, but the Angels figure to deploy exclusively in long relief while he's up with the big club. During his first taste of the majors in 2016 with the Royals, Pounders turned in a 9.24 ERA (7.96 FIP) while covering 12.2 innings out of the bullpen.

  • Kirby Yates RP | LAA

    Angels' Kirby Yates: Designated for assignment

    The Angels designated Yates for assignment Sunday.

    Yates was called upon in relief in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays in what was his team debut, but after serving up a pair of solo homers, the Angels determined they had seen enough from him. The lefty will report back to Triple-A Salt Lake in the likely event that he goes unclaimed off waivers. Brooks Pounders was recalled from Salt Lake in a corresponding move and will take Yates' spot on the 40-man roster.

  • Zach Putnam RP | CHW

    White Sox's Zach Putnam: Returns to full health

    Putnam (elbow) is available to pitch Sunday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

    Putnam had to leave Saturday's game after feeling tenderness in his elbow. It appears that his departure was precautionary as he's available if need be Sunday. Putnam has been a reliable bullpen arm this season as he's allowed just one run over 8.2 innings (seven games) and has struck out nine batters.

  • Chase De Jong RP | SEA

    Mariners' Chase De Jong: Optioned to Triple-A

    De Jong was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    De Jong was stellar in relief Saturday against the Athletics, tossing four scoreless innings and striking out two batters while conceding two walks and one hit. Rather than for performance-related reasons, De Jong will be sent back to the minors just so that the Mariners can have a fresh arm in the bullpen for the next several days. Chris Heston was recalled from Tacoma in a corresponding move.