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Steven Matz has stopped throwing his slider this season in hopes that it will help him stay healthy.

Matz didn't throw the pitch coming up through the minors, but, like many other Mets hurlers along the way, was taught the "Warthen slider" by pitching coach Dan Warthen once he reached the big leagues. It can be a nasty offering but also puts a tremendous amount of stress on the elbow, so it's probably best that the injury-prone Matz has decided to ditch it. Worth noting is that Matz's strikeouts are down this season so far in his first three starts (14 in 20 innings), although he did whiff eight over six frames against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Jun 23 - 9:33 AM

Alex Presley underwent concussion tests after colliding with the outfield wall on Thursday.

The results of those tests aren't known, but the Tigers could make a roster move with Presley prior to Friday's game. Mikie Mahtook and Andrew Romine would be in line for more playing time if Presley is sidelined.
Jun 23 - 9:01 AM

Julio Urias will have his ailing left shoulder examined further this weekend in Los Angeles.

An MRI last week showed no structural damage, but Urias' shoulder is still bothering him and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that "there is a heightened level of concern about the severity" of the injury. That obviously doesn't sound good, but we'll know more about Urias' condition this weekend.
Jun 23 - 8:44 AM

Twins released LHP Adam Wilk.

Wilk has surrendered 14 runs over 14 innings across four appearances -- two starts -- in the majors this season. He'll now seek a minor league deal elsewhere.
Jun 23 - 8:17 AM

Dodgers sent LHP Jason Wheeler outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wheeler cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. He'll provide left-handed relief depth.
Jun 23 - 8:14 AM

Mets transferred LHP Tommy Milone from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chase Bradford. Milone now isn't eligible to return from his knee sprain until late July.
Jun 23 - 8:13 AM

Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.

They haven't announced a corresponding move. Cole's recent stint with the big club lasted nearly a week, but he didn't make an appearance.
Jun 23 - 8:09 AM

Mets signed RHP Mitch Atkins to a minor league contract.

Akins, 31, had been pitching for the independent league Somerset Patriots. The righty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 and is merely organizational depth.
Jun 23 - 8:07 AM
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