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Royals released RHP Cory Wade.

Wade had been with Triple-A Omaha, where he allowed 10 runs -- nine earned -- over his first 12 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old will now look to latch on elsewhere.
Apr 23 - 9:51 AM

Justin Upton is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

Upton has struck out nine times in his last 13 at-bats, so it was a good time to get him a breather. Ryan Doumit is in left field Wednesday in Upton's place. B.J. Upton and Evan Gattis are also sitting out, with Jordan Schafer and Gerald Laird covering center field and catcher, respectively.

Jacoby Ellsbury was seen in the clubhouse after Tuesday's game with his right calf wrapped but insisted it was just "maintenance."

It's notable because Ellsbury missed a few spring training games with tightness in the same calf. At this point it appears to be nothing to worry about, but it's something to keep an eye on going forward.
Apr 23 - 9:14 AM

Marlins recalled RHP Carter Capps from Triple-A New Orleans.

He'll assume the bullpen spot left vacated by Arquimedes Caminero. Acquired from the Mariners over the winter for Logan Morrison, Capps posted a 1.64 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 11 innings to earn the promotion.
Apr 23 - 9:06 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Cubs manager Rick Renteria indicated Tuesday that Mike Olt will be given more playing time at third base going forward.

Olt is hitting just .195 so far, but he belted his fourth home run Tuesday and is sporting a .512 slugging percentage. He's shared the position with Luis Valbuena so far, but it sounds like he'll be given a chance to run with the job. "We’ve talked about gradually getting him into that role," Renteria said. "Do I plan on playing him [Wednesday]? Yes. Everything’s very calculated. So I’m going to throw him out there and let him run with it a little bit. We’re still measuring everything; we’re still trying to be kind of guarded, but he’ll be in there tomorrow again."
Apr 23 - 9:00 AM

Chris Sale (elbow) said Tuesday that he "absolutely" expects to be activated from the disabled list on May 3 when first eligible.

"I have no reason to believe not," the left-hander added. While it's good that Sale is feeling confident the left flexor muscle strain will only cost him a couple weeks, we'll just have to see how he recovers. The White Sox have provided no timetable for his return.
Apr 23 - 8:37 AM

Will Middlebrooks (calf) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

Middlebrooks has played in one rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket and is expected to play in two more before being re-evaluated. If the Red Sox decide he's ready at that point, he'll be activated for the weekend series in Toronto. Middlebrooks had three hits -- one homer -- in 13 at-bats before going on the DL earlier this month.
Apr 23 - 8:30 AM

Jordy Mercer (ankle) went 0-for-3 in his return to the lineup on Tuesday night vs. the Reds.

He has an ankle injury and it wasn't enough to keep him down as a pinch-hitter on Monday. Mercer has just nine homers and three steals in his three-year career, so he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Apr 23 - 4:10 AM
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