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Cubs placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 17, with a lower back injury.

Morrow injured his back while undressing following Sunday night's series finale against the Cardinals and was unavailable for Tuesday's day-night doubleheader versus the Dodgers. Now the Cubs' closer will be sidelined for at least the next seven days. Pedro Strop boasts a 1.76 ERA in 30 2/3 innings this season and seems like the best bet to vulture saves in Morrow's absence, though manager Joe Maddon might opt to mix and match if it's only going to be a short DL stint.

Tigers placed RHP Drew VerHagen on the 10-day disabled list with a broken nose.

VerHagen suffered the injury Tuesday night when he lost a relay throw in the lights and got struck in the face. It's unclear at this point how long he will be sidelined. Johnny Barbato will take the vacant spot in the Tigers' bullpen ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Reds.

Tigers recalled RHP Johnny Barbato from Triple-A Toledo.

Barbato will rejoin the Tigers' bullpen ahead of Wednesday's matinee game against the Reds. The 25-year-old right-hander has registered a 5.06 ERA in 5 1/3 innings (five appearances) this season at the MLB level.

Angels activated INF Kaleb Cowart from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cowart missed around two weeks of action with a left ankle sprain. The 26-year-old utility infielder is a .197/.256/.319 career hitter in the major leagues.

Angels optioned RHP Jake Jewell to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Jewell made two relief appearances during his short stay at the major league level, allowing one run over 1 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander will probably get another look by the Angels later this summer.

Marlins released LHP Sean Burnett.

Burnett has logged just 6 1/3 innings at the major league level since the beginning of the 2014 season and he was working to a 5.49 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings this year with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate. This may very well be the end of the road for the veteran left-hander, who turns 36 in September.

Marlins released RHP Severino Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was sporting a rough 5.61 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 33 2/3 innings of relief this season at Triple-A New Orleans. The 25-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2016.

Phillies placed INF J.P. Crawford on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Crawford suffered the injury in Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals when he get hit on the hand by a Luke Weaver pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. He is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Mitchell Walding has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding 25-man roster move, but Maikel Franco figures to get the bulk of playing time at third base for the next month-plus.

Phillies recalled INF Mitchell Walding from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Walding went 0-for-6 with six strikeouts during a short stay at the major league level a couple weeks ago. The 25-year-old has posted decent numbers this season at Triple-A but probably won't hold any fantasy relevance.

Padres placed RHP Bryan Mitchell on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement.

Mitchell holds an ugly 7.08 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, and 23/35 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings (seven starts, five relief appearances) this season with the Padres. There is no timetable for his return at this moment.

Padres activated LHP Joey Lucchesi from the 10-day disabled list.

Lucchesi will rejoin the Padres' starting rotation on Wednesday afternoon against the Athletics after missing over a month with a right hip strain. He threw four hitless innings in a rehab start last Thursday at High-A Lake Elsinore and returns to a 3.23 ERA, 1.225 WHIP, and 48/15 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings with San Diego. The rookie left-hander is safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues.


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