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Athletics optioned C Josh Phegley to Triple-A Nashville.

He'll head back down to the minors now that Bruce Maxwell has been activated from the restricted list. Phegley went 1-for-4 with an RBI double during his brief stay.
May 21 - 2:41 PM

Athletics activated C Bruce Maxwell from the restricted list.

Josh Phegley was sent down in a corresponding roster move. Maxwell was unable to travel with the team for their series in Toronto because of his ongoing legal case for allegedly pointing a gun at a delivery person in October.
May 21 - 2:39 PM

Juan Soto will start in left field and bat sixth Monday against the Padres.

Soto struck out in his first major league at-bat Sunday, but this will his first MLB start. The Nationals are dealing with multiple injuries in their outfield, so they made the bold move of promoting the 19-year-old despite appearing in just eight games above High-A. They think he's equal to the task. It should be interesting, at the very least, but Soto is worth a pickup in most fantasy leagues on upside alone.
May 21 - 2:33 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of LHP Tim Collins from Triple-A Syracuse.

It's been a long time coming for Collins, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014. The 5-foot-7 lefty has had two Tommy John surgeries since. Collins had a 3.63 ERA and 20/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A this year. He'll pitch in middle relief in his return to the big leagues.
May 21 - 1:23 PM

Nationals transferred INF/OF Howie Kendrick from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for Tim Collins on the 40-man roster. Kendrick is set to undergoing surgery Monday for a ruptured right Achilles and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
May 21 - 1:20 PM

Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave for Roberto Osuna for another week through May 28.

It's the second extension for administrative leave since Osuna's arrest for assault on May 8. He still has a court date scheduled for June 18, so it's unclear when he might pitch for the Blue Jays again. He could face a possible suspension from MLB even if he isn't ultimately convicted. Tyler Clippard has the lone save for Toronto since Osuna's arrest.
May 21 - 12:11 PM

Andrew Miller felt his back lock up on him Friday after he completed his normal pregame routine.

Miller didn't pitch in the Indians' weekend series against the Astros. "It's frustrating," Miller said on Saturday. "I did all the pregame stuff fine. It just really locked up on me. I got treatment and it responded well. I think the smart thing was not to be out there today." It doesn't sound like a major concern, but this could provide some context for his unusual struggles of late. Miller has allowed four runs on three hits and five walks in three appearances since returning from the disabled list.
May 21 - 11:19 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers are receiving trade inquiries on left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Sunday's start against the Mariners, ultimately allowing one hit with three walks and five strikeouts over eight scoreless innings as part of a no-decision. The 34-year-old southpaw has been a nice pickup for the Tigers, posting a 3.42 ERA and 37/26 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings over nine starts. The rebuilding Tigers would surely love to flip him for something, though the timetable for such a deal is unclear. He likely wouldn't cost much in a potential trade.
May 21 - 10:54 AM
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