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SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Red Sox claimed Doug Fister off release waivers from the Angels.

Fister exercised the opt-out clause in his contract with the Angels earlier this week after posting a 4.02 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake. Because he was claimed off release waivers, he has the opportunity to reject the claim and declare free agency. However, that would be forfeiting a spot on Boston's 40-man roster, so Fister seems like to let the move happen. He could potentially join the Red Sox' rotation until Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) returns.
Jun 23 - 1:44 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the odds of the Pirates trading Andrew McCutchen before next month's deadline are "good."

The Pirates shopped McCutchen heavily last winter and they seem likely to do so again even if they climb back into the playoff hunt. While the former MVP got off to a painfully slow start this season, he's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last month with a .396/.486/.736 line and eight homers across his last 26 games. The Pirates holds an affordable $14.5 million club option on McCutchen for 2018. 'Cutch will turn 31 in October.
Jun 23 - 1:24 PM

Twins designated RHP Alex Wimmers for assignment.

Wimmer holds a 4.76 ERA, 2.11 WHIP and 6/5 K/BB ratio during his multiple stints in the majors. He figures to clear waivers.
Jun 23 - 12:46 PM

Twins designated LHP Mason Melotakis for assignment.

Melotakis, who turns 26 next week, holds a 2.28 ERA and 32/9 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 relief innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. As a lefty who sits in the mid-90s and who boasts good minor league numbers as a reliever, he should draw interest on waivers.
Jun 23 - 12:45 PM

Twins purchased the contract of RHP Trevor Hildenberger from Triple-A Rochester.

The sidearmer holds a 2.05 ERA over 21 relief outings for Rochester this season. Hildenberger will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Jun 23 - 12:41 PM

Twins purchased the contract of RHP Dillon Gee from Triple-A Rochester.

Gee is already getting promoted even though he'd yet to make an appearance for the Twins in the minors after being signed earlier this week. The 31-year-old appears set for a long relief role for now, but it's possible he could eventually make some starts.
Jun 23 - 12:39 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Johnny Cueto plans to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract after the season.

It's been a disappointing season for Cueto, as he's posted a 4.42 ERA over 15 starts. However, as long as he finishes the year healthy it makes sense that he'd opt out of the four years and $84 million he has remaining on his deal after this season. Even at 31 years old, he'd surely land a bigger contract than that as a free agent. Heyman does add that Cueto "would listen to any extension offer" from the club, but the Giants "don’t seem inclined to do that." Given their aging roster and multitude of long-term contracts, the Giants might be in favor of Cueto opting out.
Jun 23 - 11:41 AM

Charlie Morton (lat) allowed one run over two innings of work in his first rehab start with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.

Morton surrendered two hits and a walk while recording one strikeout. Obviously, he's going to need to build up his pitch count more before rejoining the Astros' rotation, so expect him to make at least a couple more rehab starts.
Jun 23 - 11:21 AM

Bud Norris (knee) is expected to resume a throwing program in the next couple days.

Norris was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a right knee issue that has bothered him for nearly a month. The hope is that he'll be ready for activation from the DL when first eligible on June 29, and he seems likely to get his closer job back at that time.
Jun 23 - 10:49 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma will be re-evaluated due to continued soreness in his right shoulder.

Iwakuma had been slated to return this weekend before the Mariners said earlier this week that he'd make at least one more rehab start. Now he's been pulled off his rehab assignment in order to be re-examined. Obviously, a potential timetable is totally up in the air for Iwakuma.
Jun 23 - 10:42 AM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Thursday that David Dahl (rib) has made improvements but there is no timetable for his return.

Dahl had a setback earlier this month but appears to be headed back in the right direction slowly but surely. He's dealt with a stress reaction in his rib since early on his spring training. Dahl's lagging recovery and uncertain role when he finally is ready to return makes him a dicey proposition for 2017.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 23 - 10:28 AM

Tyler Anderson said Thursday that Rockies manager Bud Black has not told him what his role will be.

Anderson tossed a scoreless relief inning Thursday versus the Diamondbacks in his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list. He'd seem to be a good bet to rejoin the rotation at some point, but it's unclear when that might be. The Rockies currently have six starters and are poised to get a seventh next week when Jon Gray (foot) returns. They'll likely wind up mixing and matching as they look to keep the workloads down for their young starters. "As far as a plan, things will become clear here over the next couple of days," Black said Thursday.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 23 - 10:25 AM

Michael Brantley (ankle) took batting practice Thursday and is scheduled to do some running Friday.

"Once he starts running, he knows he's going to go quick," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "So he's trying to give himself a chance to feel as good as he can before he starts ramping it up." Brantley is eligible for activation from the disabled list on Monday, and it's possible he'll be ready at that time.
Jun 23 - 10:16 AM

Dexter Fowler (quad) is expected to be available Friday.

It doesn't sound like he's a given to start, but it appears he'll at least be available off the bench. Fowler left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to cramping in his left quad. He'll go through another round of exams Friday to determine the cause and severity of the ailment, but it looks to be a minor thing.
Jun 23 - 10:03 AM

Tyler Lyons has stopped his running program following last November's knee surgery and as a result has dealt with stamina issues.

Lyons has fared well working mostly as a long reliever this season, most recently striking out five over three scoreless innings on Wednesday. There's been talk about him possibly supplanting Michael Wacha in the Cardinals' rotation, but it sounds like that won't happen after the lefty admitted to being fatigued following 41-, 65- and 57-pitch relief appearances his last three times out.
Jun 23 - 9:59 AM



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