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Jose Urena told reporters that he felt "something in his arm" during Wednesday's start against the Giants.

Urena was cruising through the start before needing 39 pitches to get two outs in the sixth inning. As Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports, Urena's velocity didn't waiver, but velocity isn't always a connection to fatigue or an injury. The Marlins will monitor Urena over the coming days, and we should find out more about his status before Saturday.
Jun 20 - 8:47 PM

Byron Buxton went 1-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday in his second rehab game for Triple-A Rochester.

Buxton went 0-for-4 in his first game on Tuesday. It's nice to see him have some success, but the most important thing is that Buxton is able to play on back-to-back days without discomfort -- or without reported discomfort, anyway. Buxton likely will get a handful more games with the Red Wings, and then should rejoin the Twins by the end of the month assuming there are no setbacks in the rehab assignment.
Jun 20 - 8:13 PM

Shelby Miller (elbow) is likely to start on Monday against the Marlins.

Matt Koch was sent to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, and reliever Jake Barrett was Koch's replacement. That sets things up for Miller to start for the Diamondbacks against the Marlins, and it'll be his first start since 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. He owns a 4.66 ERA in those rehab starts, but he's also struck out 28 hitters in 19 1/3 innings. Miller will likely be working on strict pitch/inning counts, but when fully healthy, he's shown swing-and-miss stuff. He's an interesting speculative buy for the 2018 campaign.
Jun 20 - 7:47 PM

Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jake Barrett from Triple-A Reno.

Matt Koch gets sent to the Aces to make room for Barrett on the 25-man roster. He has been excellent for Reno in 2018, with a 1.40 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings over 21 appearances.
Jun 20 - 7:42 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno.

To replace Koch on the 25-man roster, the Diamondbacks are calling up Jake Barrett. This move gives the Diamondbacks a fresh arm in the bullpen, and it also means that Shelby Miller is likely to make his return from Tommy John on Wednesday. Koch owns a 4.40 ERA over 71 innings with a 1.20 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in his time with the Diamondbacks in 2018, and likely will make more starts for Arizona before the end of the season.
Jun 20 - 7:40 PM

Bruce Bochy told reporters that Alen Hanson is "fine" after undergoing x-rays on his left knee.

Hanson was removed in the bottom of first after fouling a ball of of his knee, and was diagnosed with a contusion. It sounds like the x-rays came back negative, but Bochy also told reporters that Hanson is likely to be sore on Thursday, so there's a chance he'll be out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. Consider Hanson day-to-day for now.
Jun 20 - 7:06 PM

Frankie Montas gave up five hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Athletics’ win over the Padres.

He logged six strikeouts and three walks in the victory. This was much better than his previous outing when Montas let up seven runs (five earned) in a loss to Houston. The only run he allowed came when A.J. Ellis scored from second base on Cory Spangenberg’s RBI single in the third inning. The right-hander has won four of five starts for the A’s while logging an elite 2.41 ERA. He’ll look to continue his success Monday at Detroit.
Jun 20 - 7:06 PM

Franklin Barreto went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored Wednesday in the Athletics’ 12-4 win over San Diego.

Barreto put the A’s ahead on a three-run blast in the second inning. That was his first home run in the big leagues since July 4 of last year. Barreto also reached on an infield single in the third and scored later in the frame on a sac fly by Josh Phegley. The 22-year-old is MLB.com’s No. 56 prospect and third in Oakland’s farm system behind only A.J. Puk (27th) and Jesus Luzardo (31st).
Jun 20 - 7:05 PM
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