Nelson Cruz RF/DH SEA 6 minutes ago
Cruz went 2-for-4 with three RBI from a two-run double and a run-scoring single in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Tigers.
The slugging outfielder's June tear continues, as Cruz now has nine multi-hit outings and extra-base hits during the month as part of an impressive .344/.427/.547 line. The 36-year-old also has possession of the AL lead in RBI and ranks fourth overall in the majors behind the prolific trio of Jake Lamb, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
Welington Castillo C BAL 14 minutes ago
Castillo (shoulder) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Castillo sat out Wednesday with a sore right shoulder after getting struck by a foul ball while catching during Tuesday's contest. He appears good to go for the series finale with the Indians, as he will set up behind the dish and bat sixth.
Adam Jones CF BAL 20 minutes ago
Jones is not in the lineup Thursday against the Indians.
Jones has started each of the last 13 games for the Orioles, so he'll get the day off as Craig Gentry takes over in center field. The 31-year-old has reached base safely in 10 straight games and is now slashing .269/.307/.437 in 65 games this season.
Rob Refsnyder 1B/RF NYY 21 minutes ago
Refsnyder was optioned by the Yankees on Thursday.
Refsnyder hasn't played a whole lot since being called up in late May, but even when he was plugged into the lineup, the results haven't been there. He is 5-for-26 with two extra-base hits during his time with the major-league club, earning one walk and striking out on six occasions. Refsnyder will head back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he is batting .303/.391/.454 on the year. The 26-year-old is likely to be back with the Yankees at some point in the near future.
Jon Duplantier P ARI 37 minutes ago
Duplantier was promoted to High-A Visalia on Thursday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Duplantier dazzled with Low-A Kane County through the first half of the season, compiling a 1.24 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 78:15 K:BB through 72.2 innings (13 games, 12 starts) and emerging as one of the more notable pop-up prospects in the lower minors. The 22-year-old had little left to prove at Low-A, so the Diamondbacks will see how he fares in the more hitter-friendly California League.
Junichi Tazawa RP MIA 48 minutes ago
Tazawa (ribs) was activated from the disabled list Thursday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
Tazawa, who has been sidelined since mid-May with a rib cartilage injury, is ready to rejoin the big-league bullpen after making five rehab appearances between Triple-A New Orleans, Double-A Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter. The 31-year-old compiled a 6.60 ERA and 11:8 K:BB through 15 innings before landing on the disabled list. Brad Zeigler was placed on the 10-day DL in a corresponding roster move.
10DBrad Ziegler RP MIA 58 minutes ago
Ziegler was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a back strain, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
Ziegler is coming off consecutive rough outings that saw him give up seven runs (five earned) over just 1.2 innings of work, so this could have something to do with it. After a strong start to the season, the 37-year-old has seen his ERA balloon to an unsightly 6.52 (across 29 innings). He'll be eligible to return July 1, though it's unclear if he'll need more than the minimum 10-day stay at this point. Junichi Tazawa was reinstated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Mike Morin RP LAA 1 hour ago
Morin was tagged for three runs on five hits over 1.2 innings of relief Wednesday against the Yankees.
The 26-year-old was recently called up to replace Bud Norris' (knee) spot on the roster, but Wednesday's rough outing puts him back on the chopping block if another roster move needs to be made. Coincidentally, Huston Street (lat, triceps) is expected to return to the majors Thursday, making Morin and his 7.15 ERA a candidate to be demoted.
Eddie Gamboa RP FA 1 hour ago
The Rangers designated Gamboa for assignment Thursday.
The right-hander was jettisoned so the Rangers could make room for Preston Claiborne on the 40-man roster. Gamboa, who was on an option at Triple-A Round Rock, had a brief stint of success with the Rays in 2016 but has done little to earn a major-league roster spot with Texas. The 32-year-old carried a 6.49 ERA in 14 starts for Round Rock but may catch on with another organization sometime this season if he's not retained in Texas' system.
Preston Claiborne RP TEX 1 hour ago
Claiborne was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.
The right-hander will get his first major-league opportunity in nearly three years, replacing Jeremy Jeffress (back) in the Rangers' bullpen. Claiborne has served as the closer with Round Rock throughout the season, notching 13 saves while pitching to a 1.37 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, but he will likely work mostly in the middle innings with Texas.