Mariners purchased the contract of OF Cole Gillespie from Triple-A Tacoma.
Gillespie was off to a scorching start this season at the Triple-A level, hitting .362/.456/.741 with five home runs, 14 RBI, and two stolen bases in 16 games. But the 29-year-old outfielder is not a great fantasy bet.
Mariners optioned RHP Erasmo Ramirez to High-A High Desert.
Brandon Maurer is going to start in place of Ramirez on Sunday and then Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will likely take over the rotation spot on the next turn through. Ramirez was 1-3 with a disappointing 6.75 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 20/11 K/BB ratio in 24 innings with the big-league club. He'll work on his craft against minor league competition. It's possible he could return to the majors for the M's upcoming doubleheader with Oakland.
Brewers activated RHP Brandon Kintzler from the 15-day disabled list.
Kintzler wound up missing the minimum 15 days with a mild strain of his right rotator cuff. He posted an impressive 2.69 ERA and 1.065 WHIP in 77 innings of relief last season for Milwaukee, and will be an important part of the Brewers' bullpen going forward in 2014.
Brewers optioned RHP Alfredo Figaro to Triple-A Nashville.
Figaro made one three-inning relief appearance in his three-day stay with the Brew Crew. The right-hander should be given another look later this season.
Darren Oliver has been hired by the Rangers as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
Oliver retired from baseball last summer after spending 20 years in the major leagues. The left-hander got better with age, posting a 2.70 ERA over his final six seasons. He spent 10 of his 20 years in the Rangers organization.
Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards is in Chicago on Thursday for an examination of his right shoulder.
Edwards felt some shoulder fatigue during a recent bullpen session and the Cubs want to be sure it's nothing serious. The 22-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.61 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 20/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings this season for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. He is the Cubs' top pitching prospect.
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he does not have a designated closer at this point.
Pedro Strop had an opportunity to grab the job, but he was lit up for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell in brutal fashion to the Diamondbacks. "It's organic," Renteria said. Justin Grimm, James Russell, Hector Rondon, Jose Veras, and Strop could all see save opportunities going forward.
Braves infield prospect Jose Peraza went 2-for-4 with a triple on Wednesday for High-A Lynchburg.
Peraza was a shortstop until the Braves gave a long extension to Andrelton Simmons in the spring, and Peraza has played primarily as a second baseman in 2014. He is behind both Dan Uggla and Tommy La Stella on the depth chart, but he is a much better defender than both and projects to be a .300 hitter with gap power.