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Braves recalled RHP Jose De La Cruz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Cruz will make his major league debut in a spot start against the red-hot Indians on Wednesday. The 27-year-old posted owns a 4.68 ERA over five starts and 16 relief appearances this year in Triple-A and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.

Reds recalled RHP Keyvius Sampson from Triple-A Louisville.

He'll take JJ Hoover's spot on the active roster. Sampson has made four appearances with the Reds this season and owns a 2.06 ERA and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings in Triple-A. He'll operate in middle relief.

Reds optioned RHP JJ Hoover to Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover has allowed 11 runs over his last three appearances and now owns a 13.50 ERA for the year. Keyvius Sampson will take his place in the Reds' bullpen.

Royals placed OF Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Yet another injury for the defending World Series champions. Cain hurt his hamstring while trying to leg out an infield single on Wednesday. The severity of the strain isn't yet clear. Brett Eibner will take his place on the active roster.

Royals recalled OF Brett Eibner from Triple-A Omaha.

He'll provide some outfield depth while Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Eibner is hitting .297 (11-for-37) with a homer and five doubles over 11 games with the Royals this season.

Dodgers recalled RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Stewart will make his major league debut against the Brewers on Wednesday. The 24-year-old right-hander held a 1.47 ERA and boasted a 10.4 K/BB ratio in 14 minor league starts (covering three levels) prior to his promotion. This will probably only be a spot start.

Dodgers transferred LHP Alex Wood from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Wood was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list at the end of May due to left posterior elbow soreness. With his transfer over to the 60-day DL, he will not be eligible to return until July 30. Wood has just begun a throwing program and even before the bureaucratic move, was not expected to return to action until around the All-Star Break, at the earliest. That timetable pushes back by a few weeks, now.

Dodgers placed OF Kike Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 28, with left rib cage inflammation.

This one comes a bit out of left field, as there was little indication that Hernandez was dealing with any sort of a significant injury. Manager Dave Roberts shed a little light on the unexpected move to the disabled list, telling reporters that Hernandez has been fighting discomfort for the past two weeks. A timetable for his return should be solidified in the coming days. Prior to the disabled list trip, Hernandez owned an uninspiring .189/.280/.346 triple-slash across 143 plate appearances.

Curtis Granderson (calf) has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

Granderson was initially penciled-in to bat leadoff against Max Scherzer on Wednesday, but after testing his strained right calf in pregame exercises, it looks like he will be riding the pine for the day. Alejandro De Aza will take over leadoff duties in his place. This is thought to be a minor injury, but the veteran outfielder might receive another game or two off just to be on the safe side.

Khris Davis was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants due to a left shoulder contusion.

Davis ran into the wall during Tuesday's game, which might have been the cause for his late scratch on Wednesday. Coco Crisp shifts over to left from center, with Billy Burns earning the CF start in Crisp's now-vacated place. Davis should be considered day-to-day moving forward.

Athletics optioned INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Nashville.

Alcantara came over to the A's from the Cubs as part of the Chris Coghlan trade earlier this month. He was called up to the big league club on June 21 and picked up two hits in eight at-bats during that cup of iced coffee. The 24-year-old utility bat also stole two bases in that space. Expect to see him called up again the next time the A's are looking for an additional bench bat.

Athletics activated LHP Sean Manaea from the 15-day disabled list.

Manaea was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left pronator strain in mid-June, but no structural damage was found in the subsequent MRI. He ended up missing the minimum 15 days while on the DL. In nine starts prior to the injury, the 24-year-old southpaw held a tough 6.02 ERA.

Mariners placed RHP Nick Vincent on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 27, with a mid-back sprain.

The move paves the way for Wade Miley to return from his own disabled list stint. Vincent had pitched well prior to the injury, turning in a 3.47 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 42/9 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings. An immediate timetable for his return is not yet known.

Mariners activated LHP Wade Miley from the 15-day disabled list.

Miley has been rehabbing from a left shoulder impingement, one that had been nagging him for some time prior to his hitting the disabled list in mid-June. In his 13 pre-injury outings, the 29-year-old southpaw held a 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. There is no real fantasy intrigue here.

Giants purchased the contract INF Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Sacramento.

The Giants picked up Tejada after the Cardinals released him at the beginning of June. He was hitting just .176/.225/.235 in 23 games with the Red Birds. The 26-year-old infielder is in the Giants' lineup for the first time on Wednesday, hitting ninth and playing third against the A's.

Giants placed 2B Joe Panik on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

While Panik passed his concussion tests three days running after being hit in the head with a ball in mid-June, the symptoms came back to the point where the Giants were forced to sit him on Tuesday. Until he is ready to return, expect Ramiro Pena to receive increased at-bats.

Giants recalled RHP Chris Heston from Triple-A Sacramento; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with an oblique strain.

This is just a paperwork shuffle to allow the Giants to place Ruben Tejada on the 40-man roster. Heston suffered the oblique injury in a start for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. He had been pitching to a 3.77 ERA across 12 starts (plus one relief appearance) since being dropped down to the minors from the big league club near the end of April.

Rangers claimed LHP Eric Surkamp off waivers from the Athletics; optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

Surkamp was recently designated for assignment by the Athletics. He'll provide some left-handed depth for his new club.

Rangers transferred OF Drew Stubbs from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Eric Surkamp on the 40-man roster. Stubbs has been sidelined for a little over a month with a left toe sprain.


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