Reds outfield prospect Jesse Winker is off to a solid start for High-A Bakersfield, hitting .322/.408/.525 through 15 games with six doubles and two home runs.
He sports a .303/.402/.480 line over 183 games as a professional, which includes 40 doubles, 8 triples, and 23 home runs. Winker lacks the upside of many top prospects, but the Florida native has hit well at every level and profiles as a high-OBP left fielder with some power. Winker has a ways to go before he is ready to face big-league pitching, but he could be up in early 2016.
Rays optioned RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham.
Boxberger did a very nice job in his three appearances with the Rays, compiling a 2.57 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 4/2 K/BB ratio in four innings of work. He'll make his way back to the Rays at some point during the season.
According to Peter Gammons, Johan Santana has seen his velocity slowly climb and isn't far away from being ready to return to the big leagues.
Santana is now up to 85 MPH and continues to make steady progress. He has his sights set on becoming the winningest Venezuelan pitcher of all time, though fantasy owners shouldn't expect much even if he does make his way to the Orioles.
Buster Posey returned to action on Friday April 18.
Jimmy Paredes was called up from the minors on Friday April 18.
Angel Pagan returned to action on Friday April 18.
Curtis Granderson returned to action on Friday April 18.
Aaron Hill singled in two runs in the top of the 12th to lead the Diamondbacks to a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Friday.
The Diamondbacks went ahead in the ninth when Chris Withrow threw a wild pitch on an attempted intentional walk of Martin Prado, allowing the go-ahead run to score from third. The good times were short-lived, though, as Juan Uribe homered off Addison Reed in the bottom of the ninth to tie it. That was all for the scoring until the 12th, when Hill delivered the big hit. It was his lone knock in six at-bats for the game.