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Orioles optioned LHP Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Norfolk.

Nuno has allowed eight runs over 11 relief innings this season. His track record says he's better than that and he'll surely get another shot before long.

Orioles recalled RHP Logan Verrett from Triple-A Norfolk.

Verrett posted a 6.57 ERA over his first seven relief appearances at Norfolk this season, but that didn't deter the O's from summoning him for bullpen help. He'll be used as a long man.

Orioles recalled LHP Richard Bleier from Triple-A Norfolk.

Bleier allowed one earned run and had an 11/0 K/BB ratio over nine frames at Norfolk to earn a promotion. He'll work in middle relief.

Orioles optioned LHP Jayson Aquino to Triple-A Norfolk.

Aquino was solid in a spot start for the O's but was then roughed up in consecutive relief appearances. He'll join Norfolk's rotation.

Rockies activated INF/OF Ian Desmond from the 10-day disabled list.

Desmond looked so good during at-bats in extended spring training that he's making a return a little earlier than expected. He's starting in left field Sunday and will see plenty of playing time there with Mark Reynolds hitting so well as the first baseman. David Dahl (rib) is due back before long, so manager Bud Black will have some difficult decisions.

Rockies designated INF Cristhian Adames for assignment.

Adames has barely played this season, so it's no surprise he's been shipped out with Ian Desmond back. He should clear waivers.

Tigers recalled LHP Chad Bell from Triple-A Toledo.

The 28-year-old southpaw has pitched very well at Triple-A Toledo, registering a 1.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 25/7 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. He's the next man up with a chance to help a struggling bullpen in Detroit.

Tigers optioned RHP Joe Jimenez to Triple-A Toledo.

The rookie right-hander hasn't made the impact that the Tigers were hoping for when he was added to their struggling bullpen. He owns a 12.46 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio through his first 4 1/3 innings in the big leagues. He'll look to get back on track at Triple-A before returning to the Tigers later in the season.

Angels designated LHP Greg Mahle for assignment.

The move was made in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Jose Valdez. Mahle hasn't pitched well since the beginning of last season either in the majors or minors.

Ryan Braun was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Braves due to tightness in his right trapezius muscle.

Braun always seems to be banged up and has battled minor injuries throughout his career, with 2017 being no exception. It sounds as though it's the type of injury that will be day-to-day, but look for an update on his status from the Brewers after Sunday's game.

Athletics placed LHP Sean Manaea on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 27, with a left shoulder strain.

He's expected to miss just one start, as the A's could afford to make a DL move with Manaea with Sonny Gray (lat) coming off the DL this week. The left-hander is eligible for activation on May 7.

Phillies optioned RHP Luis Garcia to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He's making room for Nick Pivetta, who will start Sunday. Garcia is being demoted in spite of five scoreless relief appearances this season.

Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Pivetta will make his major league debut on Sunday against the Dodgers and could make additional starts depending on how Aaron Nola's (back) recovery goes. Fantasy owners can pass on Pivetta.

Pirates purchased the contract of C John Bormann from High-A Bradenton.

The 24-year-old is jumping three levels to the majors to serve as the Pirates' third catcher. Bormann, 24, has hit just .232/.282/.310 in the minors but has a good glove. The addition of Bormann suggests that Francisco Cervelli might not be healthy. Cervelli is not playing Sunday.

Giants purchased the contract of RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A Sacramento.

Morris, 30, had strung together five scoreless appearances over a couple levels in the minors. The righty will work in the middle innings.

Giants designated RHP Neil Ramirez for assignment.

Ramirez had an 18/4 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 relief innings but was pummeled for six runs a week ago in Colorado and again on Saturday at home. Bryan Morris will take his spot in the bullpen.

Giants released LHP Ricky Romero.

Romero, 32, has thrown just 30 2/3 innings the last two seasons in the minors for the Giants, including 14 2/3 frames this year when he's posted a 6.75 ERA. The left-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013.

Rangers claimed INF Pete Kozma off waivers from the Yankees.

He'll be added to the 25-man roster once he reports, and it's possible the Rangers will send down Jurickson Profar in a corresponding move. Kozma will over a steady infield glove but next to nothing at the plate.

Blue Jays activated RHP Aaron Sanchez from the 10-day disabled list.

Sanchez will start on Sunday against the Rays. The young right-hander missed the last two weeks of action after undergoing minor surgery to remove part of the nail from his right middle finger. He'll be on a pitch limit in his first start back.

Blue Jays optioned LHP Matt Dermody to Triple-A Buffalo.

Dermody was only up for a couple days in his most recent stint in the majors and didn't make an appearance. He'll rejoin Buffalo's bullpen.


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