Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Friday night against the Rays.
Ranaudo allowed four runs over six innings earlier this month in a spot start against the Reds and is a risky -- but not terrible -- fantasy play versus Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old right-hander has registered a 2.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 111/54 K/BB ratio in 138 innings (24 starts) this season for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Reds recalled RHP Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville.
Axelrod will make a spot for the Reds in Thursday's series finale against the Cubs. He allowed just two runs over six innings in an outing August 18 at Coors Field, but the right-hander is not a very good fantasy streamer. He has a 4.01 ERA this year at Triple-A.
Reds optioned RHP Daniel Corcino to Triple-A Louisville.
Corcino struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday. It was his only appearance in a six-day stint with the major league club. The right-hander will likely be back when rosters expand in September.
Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a successful simulated game Thursday morning at Comerica Park.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters afterward that the 49-pitch workout went well. Tanaka continues to make steady progress in his attempt to rehab a torn ulnar collateral ligament and could rejoin the Yankees' starting rotation next month if everything continues to go smoothly. It's not often that a pitcher who is diagnosed with a torn UCL is able to avoid Tommy John surgery, but it's also not unprecedented.
Justin Ruggiano will see a specialist for his sprained left ankle this week in Dallas.
Ruggiano has been out since last Friday and isn't making much progress, so the Cubs will try to get a more exact diagnosis. Jorge Soler was promoted from Triple-A Iowa when Ruggiano was placed on the disabled list and the talented 22-year-old is expected to finish out the 2014 season as Chicago's everyday right fielder. Ruggiano will return as a bench bat, if he returns at all.