Jake Barrett (shoulder) allowed a hit but struck out the side in a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance with High-A Visalia on Saturday.
Barrett is working his way back from a shoulder injury that wiped out his spring training. The fact that he missed all of spring suggests that he'd probably need a good number of rehab appearances before being activated, but he certainly didn't look rusty Saturday. Barrett's progress is worth noting given Fernando Rodney's struggles, as he probably would've been next next in line for saves if he were healthy. He could eventually work his way into the mix.
Angels designated LHP Greg Mahle for assignment.
The move was made in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Jose Valdez. Mahle hasn't pitched well since the beginning of last season either in the majors or minors.
Blue Jays optioned LHP Matt Dermody to Triple-A Buffalo.
Dermody was only up for a couple days in his most recent stint in the majors and didn't make an appearance. He'll rejoin Buffalo's bullpen.
Orioles optioned LHP Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Norfolk.
Nuno has allowed eight runs over 11 relief innings this season. His track record says he's better than that and he'll surely get another shot before long.
Orioles optioned LHP Jayson Aquino to Triple-A Norfolk.
Aquino was solid in a spot start for the O's but was then roughed up in consecutive relief appearances. He'll join Norfolk's rotation.
X-rays on Steven Souza's left hand came back negative.
Souza departed Saturday's game after being hit with a Joe Biagini 95 mph fastball, but he's managed to escape with a bruise. He's sore and might sit out Sunday but should ultimately be fine.
Nelson Cruz (hamstring) smacked a two-run homer Saturday in his return to the lineup.
Cruz missed Friday's game with a hamstring cramp but returned with a bang Saturday, swatting a two-run shot off of Danny Salazar in the first inning. It doesn't look like his hammy will be a lingering issue.
Justin Turner belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday against the Phillies.
The homer was Turner's first of the season, but fantasy owners cannot complain too loudly. He is hitting .388 with a .541 slugging percentage. The scruffy hot corner man has hit safely in 15 straight, longest active streak in the majors. He has at least one RBI in each of his past three outings.