Chris Perez blew his second save of the season Saturday against the Mariners.
Perez entered the top of the ninth with a 4-2 lead, but he coughed it up after giving up back-to-back solo homers to Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak with two outs. The Indians eventually won the game on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the ninth, so Perez actually ended up with the victory. See, it wasn't all bad for Perez owners. The 27-year-old right-hander recently dealt with some shoulder soreness and has shown diminished velocity on his fastball this season, but he owns a 1.80 ERA and 16/5 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. Vinnie Pestano just returned from an elbow injury, so there's no immediate threat to his job.
John Lannan (quad) threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon in Clearwater, Florida.
Lannan will throw off a mound again on Monday and should then progress to simulated games. If all goes well, he will join the Phillies at some point in early June. He's been on the disabled list since April 18 with a quad strain.
Zach McAllister turned in another strong outing Saturday, allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision.
McAllister held the Mariners off the board until Brendan Ryan took him deep in the top of the eighth. The 25-year-old right-hander only notched one strikeout, but was very efficient, allowing six hits and walking just one batter. Unfortunately, Chris Perez cost him a chance at the victory. McAllister has allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts and now has a 2.65 ERA on the year. It might be time to take him seriously in mixed leagues.
Joe Saunders gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Indians.
Saunders tied a season-high by giving up 11 hits, including a solo homer by Mark Reynolds. He now has an 11.25 ERA in five starts on the road this season compared to a 0.94 ERA in four starts at home. That pretty much says it all.
Raul Ibanez's recent power surge continued Saturday, as he launched a solo homer in a loss to the Indians.
Ibanez had two home runs through his first 19 games this season, but he now has six over his last seven. The 40-year-old shouldn't be owned in shallow mixed leagues, but he might be worth a try in deeper formats while he's hot.
Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) could begin jogging sometime next week.
That's what Marlins skipper Mike Redmond told reporters on Saturday afternoon. Stanton has been on the disabled list since April 30 with a severe right hamstring strain and is being limited currently to pool workouts. There is no timetable for his return to Miami.
Braves recalled RHP Cory Rasmus from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Rasmus has a 0.93 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 21/9 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level. The younger brother of Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus, he should do well in a middle relief role.
Scott Feldman fired 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's 8-2 win over the Mets.
Feldman held the lifeless Mets' lineup in check, scattering seven hits while walking only one batter. He fanned six in the victory and now sits at 4-3 with a 2.19 ERA and 39/18 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings across eight starts. Feldman isn't going to maintain this pace, as he has been rather fortunate with his BABIP (batting average on balls in play), but he's worth considering in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.