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Red Sox placed OF Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain.

Another season, another Victorino injury. The 34-year-old spent most of last year on the DL and couldn't make it three weeks into the 2015 campaign before getting hurt again. With Rusney Castillo (shoulder) also injured, Allen Craig and Daniel Nava will fill the void in right field. Fantasy owners won't miss Victorino much, as he was only hitting .143 prior to getting sidelined.

Red Sox recalled RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox placed Shane Victorino (hamstring) on the 15-day DL, opening up a roster spot for Barnes. The 24-year-old was starting for Pawtucket, but he'll be used out of the bullpen in Boston. This will be Barnes' second stint in the majors after appearing in five games for the Red Sox last September.

Reds released 1B Dan Johnson.

The 35-year-old failed to earn a spot on the Astros Opening Day bench, then hit .069 (2-for-29) in his nine games at Triple-A Louisville. It's unclear if he'll explore opportunities elsewhere or decide to hang up his spikes.

White Sox placed RHP Matt Albers on the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury.

He sustained the finger injury during Thursday's brawl with the Royals. It's a tough break for the White Sox, who are short on reliable arms in the bullpen. It's unclear at the moment how much time Albers may miss.

Athletics placed INF/OF Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

Zobrist had been attempting to play through the injury, but the A's have opted to play it safe and avoid the risk of further injury. There's a chance that he could require arthroscopic knee surgery.

Athletics designated LHP Eury De La Rosa for assignment.

The southpaw was unable to crack the talented A's bullpen out of spring training and is now exposed to waivers to create room on the roster for Max Muncy. There's a chance a team looking for bullpen depth could roll the dice here.

Athletics purchased the contract of INF Max Muncy from Triple-A Sacramento.

Muncy will provide the team with infield depth while Ben Zobrist is sidelined. He's making his major league debut on Saturday, playing third base and batting seventh against the Astros.

Padres optioned LHP Frank Garces to Triple-A El Paso.

He was sent down to make room for Ian Kennedy. Garces pitched well during his six-game stint with the Padres, allowing just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old lefty will probably spend most of 2015 bouncing between El Paso and San Diego.

Padres activated RHP Ian Kennedy from the 15-day disabled list.

Kennedy missed his first few turns through the rotation because of a strained hamstring. He opted for extended spring training instead of a minor league rehab assignment and will make his 2015 debut on Saturday night against the Dodgers. The 30-year-old workhorse led San Diego in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts last season. Lefty reliever Frank Garces was sent down to Triple-A El Paso in the corresponding roster move.

Rays designated 1B Allan Dykstra for assignment.

Dykstra is the odd man out with James Loney back in the fold, and his 40-man roster spot was needed for Everett Teaford who had his contract selected on Saturday. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, Dykstra will continue to function as organizational depth for the Rays.

Rays purchased the contract of LHP Everett Teaford from Triple-A Durham.

Teaford will ad depth to the Rays bullpen, and with Erasmo Ramirez scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays on Saturday their depth will surely be tested. The 30-year-old posted a 4.20 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 15 innings at Triple-A.

Blue Jays released LHP Ricky Romero.

He has battled chronic knee injuries and extreme control problems in recent seasons and hasn't been a viable starter at the major league level since 2011. Still, he's only 30-years-old and might make sense for some organizations as a reclamation project.


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