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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Willy Taveras is looking to make a return to the majors.

Tavares has a .363 OBP and is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts in his first 18 games for Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican League this season. The 32-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010.
Apr 23 - 1:07 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Wilson will provide another relief arm with the Red Sox' bullpen overworked of late. He is likely to be sent back down Thursday when Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns from the DL. Wilson is unscored upon in eight relief innings for Pawtucket this season.
Apr 23 - 1:02 PM

Red Sox optioned OF Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Jackie Bradley has settled in as the team's center fielder and Shane Victorino (hamstring) is due back Thursday, so there was no room on the roster for Nava. The outfielder certainly didn't help himself by hitting just .149/.240/.269 over 17 contests. He'll be back later this season.
Apr 23 - 1:00 PM

Angels prospect RHP R.J. Alvarez has 14 strikeouts and is yet to allow an earned run through 9 1/3 innings out of the Double-A Arkansas bullpen.

Alvarez, 22, posted a 2.96 ERA and 79/29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 48 2/3 innings last season at High-A Inland Empire, and he's now knocking on the door of the major leagues with his great start at Double-A. The right-hander has appeared in six games this season and recorded multiple strikeouts on five occasions. Alvarez has the potential to be a late-inning weapon for the Angels and should join the team's bullpen by midseason.
Apr 23 - 12:58 PM

Rangers acquired OF Dan Robertson from the Padres for cash considerations; purchased his contract from Triple-A Round Rock.

Robertson, 28, has never played in the majors and just began his third straight season at Triple-A for the Padres. He's a career .304/.381/.411 hitter on the farm, has good speed and can play all through outfield spots. He'll provide some depth with Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) banged up.
Apr 23 - 12:56 PM

Rangers placed LHP Pedro Figueroa on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation.

Figueroa hurt himself on the lone pitch he threw during Tuesday's game. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Outfielder Dan Robertson has replaced Figueroa on the roster.
Apr 23 - 12:53 PM

Cubs prospect RHP Pierce Johnson made his season debut Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on four hits in four innings for Double-A Tennessee.

Johnson, who was also making his Double-A debut, issued four walks and struck out five before leaving the game. The 22-year-old right-hander emerged as one the Cubs' top pitching prospects last year in his full-season debut, as he registered a 2.74 ERA and 124/43 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 118 1/3 innings between Low-A Kane County and Double-A Daytona. The Cubs will likely be starved for pitching depth later this season, especially if they choose to deal Jeff Samardzija, but don't expect the organization to rush Johnson up the ladder unnecessarily. The right-hander profiles as a solid mid-rotation starter and should arrive some time during the 2015 season.
Apr 23 - 12:52 PM

Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day off with the Giants having a day game after a night game. Hector Sanchez will catch Matt Cain. Angel Pagan is also getting a breather, with Gregor Blanco handling center field.
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