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Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

Josh Harrison is starting at third base and Jordy Mercer is starting at shortstop against Marlins right-hander David Phelps. Kang will be available off the bench. He's batting .304/.369/.435 in his first 31 major league games.
May 25 - 3:34 PM

Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 15-day disabled list.

Morton will make his 2015 debut for the Pirates on Monday night against the Marlins. He posted very good numbers on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and could be worth a shot in some standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 25 - 3:16 PM

Pirates designated RHP Radhames Liz for assignment.

Liz had walked 10 batters and allowed 20 hits in 17 1/3 innings this season out of the Pirates' bullpen, but the 31-year-old right-hander may draw interest on waivers.
May 25 - 3:14 PM

Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell delivered four hits in Sunday's win for Double-A Altoona

All of his hits were singles. The 22-year-old is now second in the Eastern League in batting average (.338), fourth in RBI (29), seventh in walks (21) and third in on base percentage (.412). Bell has shown remarkable consistency all season, batting .325 in May after hitting an even more robust .352 in April. He's struck out just 14 times in 151 at-bats. Altoona fans should get to the park soon because Bell won't be in Double-A for much longer.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 2:14 PM

Jon Jay (wrist) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Low-A Peoria.

Jay is eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, but the Cardinals have been getting great production from Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk so they'll let Jay get his timing right with some minor league at-bats. Jay should return to St. Louis' active roster around the end of this week. He's been out since May 10 with tendinitis in his surgically-repaired left wrist.
May 25 - 1:57 PM

Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee improved to 5-3 Sunday with a win for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 2010 first-round pick threw 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes, allowing four hits and no runs. The seven-inning effort lowered his season ERA to 2.52, fifth-best in the Pacific Coast League. The 23-year-old seems to have turned the corner after struggling badly in his first season in Triple-A (5.38 ERA in 150 2/3 innings for Albuquerque last season). He'll be someone the Dodgers could look to if they need rotation help later in the year.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 1:56 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny suggested Monday that Jon Jay (wrist) might be sent out on a rehab assignment.

Jay is eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday and he took batting practice with his Cardinals teammates again on Monday afternoon, but Matheny said he wants to make sure the 30-year-old center fielder has his timing right when he's added back to the active roster. Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk have done a great job filling in, so that's probably part of this.
May 25 - 1:47 PM

Marlins pitching prospect Trevor Williams threw 6 1/3 shutout innings Sunday for Double-A Jacksonville.

65 of his 96 pitches went for strikes. The win was Williams' first in 12 Double-A starts. The 23-year-old excelled at High-A in 2014 (2.79 ERA in 23 starts for Jupiter), but hasn't had much success since his last promotion. His 5.40 ERA this season is fifth-highest among Southern League starters. Williams had been 0-4 with a 9.50 ERA this month prior to Sunday's outing.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 1:26 PM

Giants activated 1B Travis Ishikawa from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

Ishikawa, the hero of last year's NLCS, is now off the Giants' 40-man roster. He had been on the disabled list since the end of spring training with a lower back strain.
May 25 - 1:20 PM

Padres first base prospect Cody Decker belted a pair of homers Sunday in a win for Triple-A El Paso.

Decker finished with six RBI, padding his season total to 31. The 28-year-old is fourth in the Pacific Coast League in homers (10), sixth in RBI and seventh in slugging percentage (.581). Decker also posted two homers and six RBI May 8 in a win against Las Vegas. Sunday was Decker's 13th career multi-home run game. He's hitting .304 in May after batting just .229 in April.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 1:00 PM

Nationals pitching prospect Paolo Espino looked sharp in Sunday's win for Triple-A Syracuse, allowing just four hits over seven shutout innings.

Espino began the year with Double-A Harrisburg but was promoted to Syracuse when Taylor Jordan got called up to Washington. The 28-year-old helped his own cause Sunday by bashing a three-run homer. Espino, who was winless in his previous eight outings, has now thrown over 1,000 innings in his minor league career.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 12:48 PM

Reds activated LHP Manny Parra from the 15-day disabled list.

Parra will rejoin the Reds' bullpen on Monday afternoon after missing over a month with a strained neck.
May 25 - 12:31 PM

Reds placed C Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement.

After seven weeks of trying to keep Mesoraco active despite the hip injury, the Reds have finally given in and thrown him on the disabled list. He hadn't made a start behind the plate since April 11 and when he tried to squat last week, he felt renewed discomfort in his hip. Mesoraco is now considering season-ending surgery.
May 25 - 12:29 PM

David Wright is headed to California to have his back examined by a specialist.

Wright was diagnosed last week with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column, and the veteran third baseman is trying to figure out a treatment plan. More should be known in the next couple of days. It's probably going to be a while before we see him return to the Mets' active roster.
May 25 - 12:26 PM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez launched two homers Sunday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

Baez had a great weekend, mashing seven hits in 13 at-bats with three homers and six RBI. The 22-year-old doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify, but if he did, his OPS (.944) would be the eighth-highest in the Pacific Coast League while his slugging percentage (.540) would be tenth-highest. Baez crushed nine homers in his first stint in the big leagues last season but struggled to hit for average (.169 in 213 at-bats).
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 12:22 PM



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