Daily Dose: Strasburg Stymied

Daily Dose: Strasburg Stymied
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Braves signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract.

Jose Yepez landed on the DL in Triple-A, so the Braves needed an extra catcher around. Lavarnway was let go by the Orioles earlier this week.
May 30 - 4:06 PM

The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports that the Diamondbacks are moving closer to putting Addison Reed back into the closer's role.

Brad Ziegler is a better pitcher than Reed, but the Diamondbacks would still be better off with Ziegler in a setup role, since he can be better spotted against right-handed hitters then than he can as the ninth-inning guy. Reed doesn't have such significiant platoon splits.
May 30 - 3:37 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock.

Gonzalez, a 2013 first-round pick, will make his major league debut tonight against the Red Sox after going 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 26/19 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings for Triple-A Round Rock. When he exits, hopefully he'll do a little sword dance as he comes off the mound.
May 30 - 3:33 PM

Rangers designated infielder Tommy Field for assignment.

We'd take Field over Adam Rosales if we were in the Rangers' spot, but both are fringe guys. Field hit .195/.250/.366 in 41 at-bats while sharing time with Rosales at second base. This could be taken as a sign that Rougned Odor will be back in the majors soon. In the meantime, the Rangers still have Delino DeShields Jr. as an alternative to Rosales at second base.
May 30 - 3:30 PM

Dodgers activated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the seven-day concussion disabled list.

The Dodgers will go with three catchers for now, perhaps just in case Grandal has a setback. Grandal will go right back to doing the bulk of the catching.
May 30 - 3:28 PM

Dodgers optioned outfielder Chris Heisey to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Heisey has gone 1-for-9 with five walks in three stints with the Dodgers this season. That's good for an unusual .111/.429/.111 line.
May 30 - 3:27 PM

Yankees recalled outfielder Ramon Flores from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Flores is taking over for Slade Heathcott on the Yankees bench, where he should offer a better bat but also a lesser glove. The 23-year-old was batting .294/.389/.425 in Triple-A. Since he's not an option in center, he probably won't get enough playing time to be of use in AL-only leagues.
May 30 - 3:16 PM

Despite reports to the contrary earlier this week, free agent Grant Balfour said he is not considering retirement.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Balfour is exploring his options after being released by the Rays from his minor league contract. He hopes to get back to the majors later this summer.
May 30 - 3:08 PM
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