Red Sox designated INF Ryan Roberts for assignment.
That didn't take long. Roberts was brought in on a one-year deal a week and a half ago but has been given the boot after picked up just two singles in 19 at-bats. Jonathan Herrera and Brock Holt will handle third base until Will Middlebrooks (calf) returns.
Red Sox prospect RHP Teddy Stankiewicz turned in his best start of the season Thursday, throwing six scoreless innings with three hits and three strikeouts for Low-A Greenville.
A second-round draft pick by Boston last June, Stankiewicz was shelled in his season debut for Greenville, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in four innings. However, the 20-year-old right-hander has been sharp in his last two rotation turns, combining for 11 scoreless innings and a 7/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Overall, Stankiewicz has posted a 3.00 ERA through his first 15 innings on the year.
Angels recalled RHP Josh Wall from Triple-A Salt Lake.
He's replacing Jose Alvarez in the bullpen. Wall held a 2.16 ERA with seven strikeouts over 8 1/3 relief frames at Triple-A before the promotion. He'll work in middle relief.
Angels optioned LHP Jose Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Alvarez was up for less than a week and was unscored upon in two-thirds of an inning. He's being replaced in the bullpen by Josh Wall.
Indians prospect RHP Adam Plutko allowed an unearned run on one hit and two walks in four innings on Thursday for Low-A Lake County.
The 22-year-old right-hander struck out a season-high eight batters in the outing. The Indians drafted Plutko in the 11th round last June out of UCLA, but held him back from making his professional after long and strenuous college season. Through his first three starts this year for Lake County, Plutko owns a 2.84 ERA and 17/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 12 2/3 innings. Even though he lacks a high ceiling, Plutko's deep arsenal and advanced command could make him a solid back-end starter for the Tribe in the next couple years.
Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers' lineup Friday.
It appears to just be a day of rest, as Castellanos is in a 2-for-16 slide at the dish. Don Kelly is handling third base in his place.
Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.
He's getting a breather against tough lefty Gio Gonzalez. Allen Craig is playing first base, with Shane Robinson handling right field. Kolten Wong is also sitting out, as Mark Ellis is at second base.
Tigers optioned OF Tyler Collins to Triple-A Toledo.
The Tigers have called up Justin Miller in his place, as they'll go with 13 pitchers for now. Collins had two hits in just 14 at-bats while up with the big club.