David Price (elbow) threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.
Price got up and down three times to simulate breaks between innings. The veteran southpaw was recently slowed down a bit due to some soreness in his elbow, but appears to be past it now. Facing hitters should be the next step, but more should be known on Tuesday.
Twins transferred LHP Ryan O'Rourke from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move opens up a spot for Nick Tepesch on the 40-man roster. O'Rourke came down with a flexor mass strain in his throwing elbow toward the end of spring training and can now be ruled out until at least the start of June.
Twins purchased the contract of RHP Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Rochester.
He'll take the place of Buddy Boshers, who was sent down after Sunday's game. The 28-year-old Tepesch had a 2.00 ERA through his first three starts in Triple-A this year, but figures to pitch in a long relief role with the big club.
Seth Smith (hamstring) has returned to the Orioles' lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.
Smith hasn't played since last Tuesday due to a right hamstring strain. He'll bat leadoff in his return Monday against Rays ace Chris Archer.
Adam Frazier is not in Monday's lineup versus the Cubs.
He'll take a seat with southpaw Brett Anderson on the hill for Chicago. Jose Osuna will make the start in right field while Jordy Mercer will hit leadoff.
Willson Contreras is not in Monday's lineup versus the Pirates.
Miguel Montero will start in his place and catch left-hander Brett Anderson. He's batting seventh against Chad Kuhl.
Mariners manager Scott Servais is mulling over using Edwin Diaz in high-leverage situations earlier in games in order to get him more regular work.
With the Mariners off to a disappointing start, Diaz has only made six appearances this season and just one since April 16. The hard-throwing 23-year-old hasn't been particularly sharp, which Servias believes is because of a lack of consistent work. "He needs to pitch," said Servais. "I don’t just want to stick him down there and wait because he’s the closer. He is so young. It may depend on where we are in the game. He hasn’t pitched much lately at all." It's a smart idea to use him outside of the constraints of the closer role if the situation warrants, though fantasy owners could miss on a save chance or two if he follows through with his idea.
The newly-acquired David Hernandez is expected to immediately join the Angels' bullpen, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.
It makes sense given the extensive injuries with the Angels' relief corps. Hernandez, 31, had a 3.84 ERA with 9.9 K/9 in 70 relief appearances with the Phillies last season and began this year with a 1.12 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over eight innings with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. Bud Norris and Blake Parker appears to be at the top of the depth chart for saves, but Hernandez could be a dark horse option in this brittle bullpen.