Nefi Ogando was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Ogando has worked to just a 4.05 ERA in six appearances at the Triple-A level this season, but the Miami Marlins are in need of help in the bullpen, so the righty figures to add help in lower-leverage situations. He's been a solid source of strikeouts throughout his minor league career, but he's also dished out a healthy dose of walks to go along with that.
Kirby Yates is carrying a 3.52 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings this season.
Yates has proven to be a decent option out of the bullpen, though his struggles with his command (five walks) have led to a middling 1.43 WHIP. The 29-year-old hasn't seen many high-leverage situations yet though, and with Aroldis Chapman's (suspension) impending return likely pushing everyone else back in the bullpen, that's unlikely to change in the near future.
Kyle Lobstein allowed three hits and one earned run in three innings Monday, striking out one.
He hit Addison Russell with an 87-mph fastball -- home plate Laz Diaz warned both benches following the pitch. It was thought the Bucs would send Lobstein to the minors when the bullpen's health improved, but the lefty has pitched better than most of Pittsburgh's relievers. His ability to contribute multiple innings -- he's given up just one run in his last 11 innings covering four games -- may keep him on the staff indefinitely.
Carson Smith (forearm) was activated from the disabled list ahead of Tuesday's game against the White Sox, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Coming off a fantastic 2015 campaign in Seattle, Smith missed the first month of the season due to a flexor mass in his right forearm. He figures to get most of his work in the seventh or eighth innings, competing with Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa for hold opportunities. Smith pitched 1.2 flawless innings during his brief rehab assignment with Double-A Portland.
Mitch Harris (elbow) has been cleared to resume throwing, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The veteran right-hander started the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with compression syndrome in his arm in late March. After resting for over a month, Harris' arm is healthy enough for him to resume throwing. However, after the prolonged amount of rest time, Harris may need a couple of weeks of rehab work to build the strength back up in his arm.
Junior Guerra was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Guerra will make his first career start in the majors Tuesday against the Angels. He owns a 4.63 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through four starts (23.1 innings) for Triple-A Colorado Springs, with a 23:9 K:BB. Guerra could stick in the rotation beyond Tuesday if he pitches well, but he doesn't figure to be a long-term solution.
Despite his struggles, Drew Storen will continue to be used in his normal set-up role, the Toronto Sun reports.
While manager John Gibbons is as concerned as anyone, he's determined to let Storen pitch his way out of the funk he's in. "It's tough role, being a bullpen guy year after year," said Gibbons. "It's a tough game and you're not human if it doesn't bother you when things don't go the way you want." Ultimately, this is some good news for fantasy owners who are depending on the right-hander for holds. Storen has been too good in recent years to write-off just yet.
Jonathan Papelbon threw a clean inning with a strikeout to record the save Monday against Kansas City, his ninth.
Since blowing his first and only save of the season back on April 17, Papelbon hasn't allowed a run, with three strikeouts, three saves, and just four baserunners allowed over five appearances covering 4.2 innings. His ERA has dropped from 4.76 to 2.38 over that span.
Fernando Rodney notched his fifth save by pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout Monday against the Rockies.
Rodney was called in to protect San Diego's narrow 2-1 lead, and did so without issue. He is yet to give up an earned run this season, but San Diego's struggles have limited the 39-year-old closer to just five saves thus far.
Steve Cishek struck out the side while walking one to pick up his seventh save in Seattle's 4-3 win at Oakland on Monday.
Cishek was the final link in a successful chain of Seattle relievers, as he and three others combined for three innings of hitless ball to protect a one-run lead. With 14 strikeouts and just three walks through 12 innings, the former Marlins closer is off to a strong start in the role with his new team.