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The Blue Jays are expected to call up right-handed reliever Chris Smith on Tuesday, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca.

The Blue Jays have yet to confirm. Smith, 28, has posted a 3.93 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Buffalo. The former independent league pitcher was called up by the Blue Jays last September, but didn't get into a game.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jun 27 - 12:40 PM

Manuel Margot (calf) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Margot went just 3-for-20 (.150) during his minor league rehab assignment, but the most important thing is that he's over his right calf strain. The rookie outfielder has been sidelined for a little over a month.
Jun 27 - 11:33 AM

Jae-gyun Hwang plans to use the opt-out in his contract with the Giants if he's not called up to the majors by July 1.

It's unclear if the Giants intend to do so. Signed out of the KBO over the winter, the 29-year-old Hwang is batting .287/.331/.466 with six homers, 43 RBI, and five steals through 67 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He has mostly split time between first base and third base, though he has also made a pair of starts in left field. Given where the Giants stand right now, it's worth a shot to at least see what he can do.
Jun 27 - 11:29 AM

Pirates optioned C Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Stallings was called up last week to provide some extra depth behind the plate. He's 2-for-7 with a double and two runs scored at the major league level this season.
Jun 27 - 10:05 AM

Zach Britton (forearm) gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work Monday in his latest rehab appearance with Double-A Bowie.

Britton struck out one batter while throwing 12 out of 18 pitches for strikes. "A lot of positives," said Britton. "The worst line I've had, but by far the best stuff. It makes no sense." The southpaw had three scoreless appearances between Low-A Aberdeen and Class A Delmarva before moving up to Double-A on Monday. He's slated to pitch again with Bowie on Thursday before making stops with High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk. The plan calls for him to be activated on July 5.
Jun 27 - 9:44 AM

Carter Capps was ejected from his most recent appearance with Triple-A El Paso on Sunday after throwing a pair of illegal pitches.

Capps' unorthodox delivery is notoriously questionable and MLB instituted a new rule in response to it this spring. His mechanics are clearly a work in progress, but he has delivered six straight scoreless appearances in Triple-A (with four walks and four strikeouts) in his latest rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well, Capps should find his way to the back-end of the Padres' bullpen relatively soon.
Jun 27 - 9:16 AM

Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts Monday in his first game since his demotion to Triple-A Iowa.

Schwarber struck out in his first three at-bats before hitting a line-drive single off the wall in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old slugger batted just .171/.295/.378 through 64 games prior to his demotion last week. Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't expect him to stay down in the minors for long, but there's no clear timetable for his return. In addition to giving him a mental break, the Cubs want to work on his swing mechanics.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jun 27 - 9:03 AM

Addison Russell (shoulder) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Monday's game against the Nationals.

Russell was held out of the starting lineup after he was forced to exit Sunday's game with right shoulder discomfort. That he was able to pinch-hit suggests that he's not far off.
Jun 27 - 8:39 AM

Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and three total RBI in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Posey rocked a deep RBI double off German Marquez in the first inning, came through with a sacrifice fly in the third and put a cap on his fine evening with an RBI single in the ninth. The All-Star backstop is slashing a blistering .347/.424/.536 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 239 at-bats this season. If the Giants were anywhere close to contention -- sitting at 28-51 in an ultra-competitive NL West, they have a giant fork sticking out of their back right now -- Posey would probably be drawing some level of early MVP talk.
Jun 27 - 1:37 AM

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Span struck for an RBI triple in the fourth inning. He is up to four triples on the season and is now hitting .282/.332/.435 with four homers, 15 RBI and 28 runs scored in 216 at-bats. The veteran outfielder has turned in multi-hit efforts in four of his last six games.
Jun 27 - 1:35 AM

Nolan Arenado went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Monday's loss to the Giants.

They do not come around too often for the All-Star third baseman, but this was a rough day at the office for Arenado. Moving on, now. The slugger is hitting a brilliant .292/.343/.552 with 15 homers and 59 RBI in 78 games this season.
Jun 27 - 1:34 AM

Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the Giants.

Story hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to get the Rockies on the scoreboard, but even with that hit, they still trailed by a 5-1 score. They wound up losing by a 9-2 final. For the season as a whole, Story is slashing just .223/.307/.409 with 10 homers and 29 RBI across 215 at-bats.
Jun 27 - 1:32 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in Monday's win over the Rockies.

This was a fine outing from Samardzija, who struck out five without walking a batter. He kept the Rockies at bay on the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when he surrendered an RBI single to Trevor Story. The second run on his line came home inherited courtesy of Hunter Strickland. Samardzija will bring a 4.63 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 117/13 K/BB ratio (105 innings) into a road start against the Pirates next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 27 - 1:32 AM

German Marquez surrendered five runs on seven hits over four innings in Monday's loss to the Giants.

Marquez managed a mere two strikeouts while walking two in the contest. The Giants plated a run in the first inning on a Buster Posey double, then two more in the second inning and two more in the fourth before Marquez took a seat on the bench. It was a disappointing outing, particularly given that the 22-year-old right-hander had surrendered just four runs combined in his previous three starts. He will bring a 4.38 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a road showdown with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 27 - 1:31 AM

Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and two strikeouts in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

Escobar notched a two-run single against Rich Hill in the third inning. He had missed the last two games due to a strained left thumb, but had no issues in his return to the lineup on Monday. The veteran third baseman is 10-for-26 (.385) over his last six games and is slashing a fine-if-unspectacular .283/.333/.417 with five homers and 23 RBI in 59 games played this season.
Jun 27 - 1:17 AM


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