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Red Sox activated RHP Carson Smith from the 15-day disabled list.

Smith, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained flexor tendon, was cleared to join the Red Sox after making it through two minor league rehab games. The 26-year-old was acquired from the Mariners over the winter and is capable of being a dominant set-up man if healthy.
May 3 - 12:20 PM

Ryan Kalish could be called up from Triple-A Iowa if Matt Szczur (hamstring) needs to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Szczur left Monday's game with hamstring tightness and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. Kalish, 28, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014. He's batting .368/.471/.509 through 20 games in Triple-A this season.
May 3 - 12:10 PM

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Dale Thayer has opted out of his minor league contract with the Dodgers.

Thayer latched on with the Dodgers after spring training and had a 6.75 ERA with 10 strikeouts and two walks over eight innings. The 35-year-old will look for an opportunity elsewhere.
May 3 - 11:58 AM

Mitch Harris (elbow) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Harris got the go-ahead after a checkup with Dr. George Paletta on Monday. The 30-year-old was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with compression syndrome, which is a nerve issue in his right elbow.
May 3 - 11:15 AM

Pablo Sandoval needs reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported Monday night that the surgery is "significant" and the odds are against Sandoval playing this season, so Olney's report appears to jibe with that. The 29-year-old has received all sorts of criticism for his level of fitness, but his situation is much more complicated. The big question is what sort of future Sandoval has in Boston. He still has three guaranteed years (and $58 million) on his contract. The Red Sox will have the DH spot open after David Ortiz retires, so that could be where Sandoval slots in if healthy in 2017. A change of scenery might be the best for all involved, but the Red Sox would have to pick up most of his remaining contract for anyone to take a chance on him.
May 3 - 8:52 AM

Brewers recalled RHP Junior Guerra from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Guerra will start Tuesday against the Angels. Claimed off waivers from the White Sox last October, the 31-year-old had a 4.63 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings over four starts in Triple-A. He made three relief appearances for the White Sox last season, but this will be his first major league start. Fantasy owners have better options to choose from.
May 3 - 8:36 AM

Danny Valencia (hamstring) went 0-for-3 on Monday in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton.

Valencia, out since April 20 with a left hamstring strain, also played seven innings at third base. He's expected to be activated when he's first eligible on Friday. Valencia was batting .294/.345/.353 over 14 games prior to the injury.
May 3 - 8:29 AM

James Shields picked up his first win of the year after allowing one run in six innings Monday against the Rockies.

Shields gave up nine hits, but once Nick Hundley's RBI double in the fourth went for extra bases. He walked two and struck out five. Shields has a solid 3.23 ERA after five starts, though he still doesn't look like a great bet in mixed leagues going forward.
May 3 - 1:23 AM

Jon Gray fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Monday against the Padres.

That's better. Gray's rotation spot could have been in jeopardy with another poor performance tonight, but he was really strong after getting his first out tonight. Unfortunately, he allowed two runs before that occurred (the bottom of the first started with a two singles, a two-run double and a walk). Once he did get that first out, he set down 16 in a row through the sixth inning.
May 3 - 1:22 AM

Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far.
May 3 - 1:18 AM

Nate Karns picked up a win after yielding three runs in six-plus innings Monday against the A's.

Karns allowed one run in six innings before giving up a single, a homer and a double to the three batters he faced in the seventh. Fortunately, Vidal Nuno and Nick Vincent combined to strand the baserunner, keeping Karns in line for the win in a 4-3 game. Neither team scored afterwards. Karns is 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA.
May 3 - 1:15 AM

Kendall Graveman surrendered four runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Mariners.

It was one run through five innings, but then Graveman gave up four hits and two runs in the sixth. For some reason, Bob Melvin sent him back out for the seventh anyway (even though four straight lefties were due up), and he was pulled after a one-out double (the runner later came around to score). Graveman is now 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA. He's just an AL-only guy for the moment.
May 3 - 1:13 AM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a steal against the A's on Monday.

Aoki stole third base in the seventh inning and scored when the throw went into left field. He entered the night with a .212/.302/.294 line and just one steal in four tries this season.
May 3 - 1:10 AM

Khris Davis hit his fourth and fifth homers of the year Monday against the Mariners.

The A's brought in Davis for his power, and they've stuck with him during his slow start. He's hitting .234 with a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 94 at-bats.
May 3 - 1:08 AM

Twins optioned INF Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester.

The move clears the way for Trevor Plouffe's return from the disabled list. Polanco has already had two stints with the Twins this season and should be back again at some point this summer.
May 3 - 12:21 AM



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