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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

Steven Matz has stopped throwing his slider this season in hopes that it will help him stay healthy.

Matz didn't throw the pitch coming up through the minors, but, like many other Mets hurlers along the way, was taught the "Warthen slider" by pitching coach Dan Warthen once he reached the big leagues. It can be a nasty offering but also puts a tremendous amount of stress on the elbow, so it's probably best that the injury-prone Matz has decided to ditch it. Worth noting is that Matz's strikeouts are down this season so far in his first three starts (14 in 20 innings), although he did whiff eight over six frames against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Jun 23 - 9:33 AM

Alex Presley underwent concussion tests after colliding with the outfield wall on Thursday.

The results of those tests aren't known, but the Tigers could make a roster move with Presley prior to Friday's game. Mikie Mahtook and Andrew Romine would be in line for more playing time if Presley is sidelined.
Jun 23 - 9:01 AM

Julio Urias will have his ailing left shoulder examined further this weekend in Los Angeles.

An MRI last week showed no structural damage, but Urias' shoulder is still bothering him and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that "there is a heightened level of concern about the severity" of the injury. That obviously doesn't sound good, but we'll know more about Urias' condition this weekend.
Jun 23 - 8:44 AM

Twins released LHP Adam Wilk.

Wilk has surrendered 14 runs over 14 innings across four appearances -- two starts -- in the majors this season. He'll now seek a minor league deal elsewhere.
Jun 23 - 8:17 AM

Dodgers sent LHP Jason Wheeler outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wheeler cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. He'll provide left-handed relief depth.
Jun 23 - 8:14 AM

Mets transferred LHP Tommy Milone from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chase Bradford. Milone now isn't eligible to return from his knee sprain until late July.
Jun 23 - 8:13 AM

Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.

They haven't announced a corresponding move. Cole's recent stint with the big club lasted nearly a week, but he didn't make an appearance.
Jun 23 - 8:09 AM

Mets signed RHP Mitch Atkins to a minor league contract.

Akins, 31, had been pitching for the independent league Somerset Patriots. The righty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 and is merely organizational depth.
Jun 23 - 8:07 AM

Joc Pederson went 2-for-2 with a go-ahead solo home run in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Pederson came on as a pinch-hitter to lead off the seventh inning and made immediate impact. And we mean immediate. Pederson jumped on Paul Sewald's first pitch of the frame for a monster solo shot, blasting it an estimated 433 feet to center to snap a 3-3 tie. The homer was Pederson's fifth of the season and boosted his RBI total to 17. While the outfielder is still hitting just .226/.355/.401 overall, he has shown signs of consistency of late, having picked up hits in eight of his last nine games. He has six extra-base hits in that space.
Jun 23 - 1:57 AM

Kenley Jansen recorded save No. 16 on the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Mets.

Jansen came on with two runners on and two out in the eighth inning. The Dodgers led 6-3 at that time. A Cody Bellinger error on a Jose Reyes grounder would then load the bases to raise the stakes that much more, but Jansen was able to escape that jam when he induced a first-pitch pop up from a pinch-hitting Michael Conforto to end the frame. He turned in a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the game. The ace closer is pitching to a brilliant 0.87 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 50/0 K/BB ratio across 31 innings. He is a perfect 16-for-16 in save chances this season.
Jun 23 - 1:53 AM

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Granderson led off the game with a solo home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu. The homer was his ninth of the season. Overall, the veteran outfielder is hitting .225/.315/.437 in 69 games played. He has gone yard in back-to-back contests.
Jun 23 - 1:49 AM

Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

D'Arnaud cranked a solo homer off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the fourth inning. He is now working on a little five-game hitting streak. Despite showing a nice bit of pop in the bat this season -- eight homers in 129 at-bats -- d'Arnaud is hitting just .226 overall.
Jun 23 - 1:48 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Ryu struck out three and walked two on the evening. Both runs on his line scored via solo homers, with Curtis Granderson burning Ryu in the first inning and Travis d'Arnaud doing likewise in the fourth. He will carry a 4.30 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio (67 innings) into a home start against the Angels next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 23 - 1:47 AM


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