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Royals recalled RHP Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.

McCarthy was sent down earlier this week but is eligible to return because he's replacing the injured Joakim Soria (oblique). He'll be used in middle relief.
Aug 18 - 2:50 PM

Royals placed RHP Joakim Soria on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with a left oblique strain.

Soria was knocked around in his last appearance but apparently wasn't feeling 100 percent. Brandon Maurer will slide into the eighth inning role.
Aug 18 - 2:49 PM

Angels claimed RHP Noe Ramirez off waivers from the Red Sox; optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Ramirez, 27, has struggled in his brief time in the majors, but he holds a 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 57/16 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season. He should get a shot in the Angels' bullpen sometime this summer.
Aug 18 - 2:41 PM

Blue Jays re-signed RHP Taylor Cole to a minor league contract.

The club released Cole earlier this week after he fractured a toe, but this was just a way of keeping him around without him taking up a spot on the 40-man roster. It's unclear when Cole will be healthy enough to pitch again.
Aug 18 - 1:45 PM

Mike Montgomery will take Jon Lester's (shoulder) spot in the Cubs' rotation.

Lester is only expected to miss 1-2 starts, so it would appear Montgomery is guaranteed only an outing in Cincinnati next week. He's posted a 3.64 ERA and 77/45 K/BB ratio over 96 1/3 innings across 35 appearances -- eight starts -- for the Cubbies this season. Montgomery is worth scooping up in deep leagues.
Aug 18 - 12:46 PM

Twins recalled C/INF/OF Mitch Garver from Triple-A Rochester.

Garver, 26, has batted .291/.387/.541 with 17 homers for Rochester this season while seeing starts at catcher, left field and first base. He should see a good amount of playing time while Robbie Grossman (thumb) is sidelined and is worth a shot in deeper leagues. Garver was ranked by MLB.com as the team's No. 23 prospect.
Aug 18 - 12:43 PM

Twins placed OF/DH Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.

Grossman suffered the injury a collision with Byron Buxton on Thursday. He's expected to be sidelined for a minimum of three weeks. Mitch Garver has replaced Grossman on the roster and should see his fair share of starts. Eduardo Escobar also figures to see an uptick in playing time.
Aug 18 - 12:40 PM

Cubs recalled LHP Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.

Zastryzny will provide length out of the bullpen after Jon Lester's abbreviated start Thursday. He allowed three runs over four innings in his lone appearance in the majors this season.
Aug 18 - 12:37 PM
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