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Cubs recalled 3B Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs need an extra infielder with Addison Russell (shoulder) banged up. Candelario is starting at third base and batting sixth Monday.

Cubs optioned RHP Dylan Floro to Triple-A Iowa.

Floro has allowed six runs over 6 1/3 relief innings with the big club this season. Jeimer Candelario is replacing him on the roster.

Reds transferred RHP Bronson Arroyo from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. The 40-year-old Arroyo went down with a strained right shoulder earlier this month and could be headed for retirement.

Reds activated LHP Brandon Finnegan from the 60-day disabled list.

Finnegan, out since mid-April with a strained left trapezius muscle, will make his return to the Reds' rotation Monday night against the Cardinals. The southpaw posted a 3.00 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings over three minor league rehab starts. Most fantasy owners can afford to wait and see with this first start back, but he remains an intriguing talent.

Reds optioned RHP Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville.

The move clears a spot for Brandon Finnegan's return from the disabled list. The 27-year-old has struggled with a 7.59 ERA over four starts and four relief appearances with the big club this season.

Indians activated OF Brandon Guyer from the 10-day disabled list.

Guyer, out since mid-May with a left wrist sprain, went 4-for-20 (.267) with a homer and four hit-by-pitches over six rehab games with Triple-A Columbus. The 31-year-old was batting just .182/.237/.291 over 60 plate appearances prior to hitting the DL.

Indians activated OF Michael Brantley from the 10-day disabled list.

Brantley was able to return from his right ankle sprain as soon as he was eligible. The 30-year-old returns to a .296/.360/.432 batting line with five homers and seven steals through 54 games this season.

Indians optioned OF Daniel Robertson to Triple-A Columbus.

He'll head back down to the minors with Michael Brantley and Brandon Guyer coming off the disabled list. Robertson has appeared in 32 games with the Indians while batting .225/.287/.338 with one homer and seven RBI.

Indians optioned RHP Shawn Armstrong to Triple-A Columbus.

Armstrong has already been up and down a few times this season. The 26-year-old has compiled a 5.02 ERA and 14/6 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings along the way.

Rockies placed OF Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 23, with a right shoulder strain.

It's his non-throwing shoulder, but it's something that's been nagging at him and the Rockies decided it was best to go ahead and DL him. How long CarGo will be sidelined isn't known at this point. Raimel Tapia is in line for regular playing time while Gonzalez is out and is worth scooping up in fantasy leagues.

Rockies placed LHP Tyler Anderson on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

It was reported that Anderson left Sunday's start with a hamstring cramp, but he's back on the DL with the same injury he just returned from. He missed three weeks with the ailment the first time around but the Rockies might proceed more cautiously this time.

Rockies activated RHP Chad Qualls from the 10-day disabled list.

Qualls has been limited to 17 appearances this season due to forearm and back issues. He'll work in middle relief.

Rockies activated RHP Jairo Diaz from the 10-day disabled list.

Diaz got a late start to the season due to an elbow injury but held a 12/2 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 relief innings in the minors. He'll be used in low-leverage innings.

White Sox optioned RHP Gregory Infante to Triple-A Charlotte.

Juan Minaya will replace him in Chicago's bullpen. Infante owns a 4.79 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings this season.

White Sox recalled RHP Juan Minaya from Triple-A Charlotte.

This will be his second stint in the majors this season. Minaya will try to do better than the 8.10 ERA he had over his previous seven appearances.

Dodgers recalled OF Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Thompson has spent nearly all season at Oklahoma City, hitting just .211/.273/.377. He could see a bit of playing time versus lefties.

Dodgers optioned RHP Ross Stripling to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Stripling had just been recalled over the weekend. He holds a 4.03 ERA over 22 relief appearances this season.

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

Stewart tossed three scoreless relief innings in an appearance last week with the Dodgers. He'll work in long relief.

Dodgers placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list with right knee tendinitis.

McCarthy spent time on the DL earlier this season with a knee issue, as well, but this move could be in response to him having a bit of the "yips" during Sunday's start versus the Rockies. Either way, he's expected back when first eligible or shortly after. Kenta Maeda should get at least one additional start now after Tuesday's scheduled outing.

Angels optioned INF Kaleb Cowart to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cowart was only up for one day, reaching base three times and driving in two runs in a start Sunday. He's replaced on the roster by Jefry Marte.

Angels recalled INF/OF Jefry Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Marte has batted just .175/.283/.309 in 35 games this season at the major league level. He can be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Marlins acquired OF Braxton Lee and RHP Ethan Clark from the Rays in exchange for SS Adeiny Hechavarria.

Lee, 23, has hit .318/.387/.391 with two homers and 12 steals at the Double-A level this season. He's considered to be a potential fourth outfielder type.

Marlins acquired RHP Ethan Clark and OF Braxton Lee from the Rays in exchange for SS Adeiny Hechavarria.

Neither Clark nor Lee were ranked by MLB.com among the Rays' top 30 prospects. Clark, 22, holds a 3.11 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio over 55 innings at the Low-A level this season.

Yankees placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique injury.

Hicks suffered the injury during Sunday's game and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. It's a shame, as the 27-year-old has enjoyed an excellent first half. Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) has been activated from the disabled list to take his place on the active roster.

Yankees optioned OF Mason Williams to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The move was made after Sunday's game. Williams went 4-for-16 (.250) during his brief stay in the majors.

Yankees recalled INF/OF Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Refsnyder is 5-for-29 (.172) with one double and one triple over 15 games with the Yankees this season. He'll function in a utility role in his return to the majors.

Yankees recalled RHP Ronald Herrera from Double-A Trenton.

Herrera was up with the big club for one game earlier this month and allowed two runs over two innings of work. He'll hope to stick around a bit longer this time around.

Yankees optioned LHP Tyler Webb to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Webb, 26, was called up last week and made two scoreless appearances. The southpaw should get another chance later this summer.

Phillies recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He'll replace Edubray Ramos on the active roster. Pinto had a brief stint with the Phillies last month and will operate in middle relief in his return to the show.

Phillies optioned RHP Edubray Ramos to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ramos, 24, has struggled with his control this season while posting a 5.52 ERA and 38/22 K/BB ratio over 31 innings. The Phillies still have high hopes for him in the long-term and will try to get him back on track in the minors.

Bryan Morris has elected to become a free agent.

Morris cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Friday. The 30-year-old has struggled with a 6.43 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio over 21 innings this season and will attempt to latch on elsewhere.

Rays transferred RHP Diego Moreno from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Adeiny Hechavarria. Moreno now isn't eligible to return until late July.

Rangers activated LHP Cole Hamels from the 10-day disabled list.

Hamels, out since early May with a right oblique strain, allowed one run in 8 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks through two minor league rehab starts. He'll make his return to the Rangers' rotation Monday against the Indians.

Rangers optioned INF/OF Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock.

The move clears the way for Cole Hamels' return from the disabled list. Robinson is 2-for-6 with a homer in two games with the Rangers this season.

Nationals signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported the Nats' pursuit of K-Rod earlier Monday and now says that the deal has been finalized. The former closer will go to the minors for now but it won't be long until he's added to the big league bullpen. Rodriguez was released by the Tigers last week after posting an ugly 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances, but Washington is willing to give him a shot given their bullpen issues.


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