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Aarón Sánchez Headshot

Sanchez (finger) threw 30 pitches off a mound Tuesday, incorporating all of his pitches, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

This represents a significant step forward in Sanchez's recovery -- he had previously been limited to throwing two- and four-seam fastballs on flat ground. According to the Blue Jays' coaching staff, Sanchez reported feeling good following the mound session. The next step is uncertain, but the team had previously suggested Sanchez could bypass a rehab assignment and start for the major-league club at some point later this week.
6:20 pm (EST)
Brandon Belt Headshot

Belt is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Belt will take a seat as the Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, given he is just 3-for-51 (.059) over his career against the southpaw. Buster Posey will take over at first base for the game while Nick Hundley serves as the backstop. Belt is batting .247 with four homers and nine RBI through 19 games (73 at-bats) this season.
6:15 pm (EST)
Festus Ezeli Headshot

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said Ezeli's contract for the 2017-18 season won't be guaranteed, making him an unrestricted free agent, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Ezeli was expected to bring the Trail Blazers a much-needed defensive presence in the frontcourt this past season, but a previous left knee injury continued to hamper his availability to take the court. Despite originally expecting to miss just six weeks after receiving a pain injection early in year, Ezeli eventually suffered a setback in his rehab and would go on to miss the entire 2016-17 campaign, finishing with yet another season-ending surgery in March. With a non-guaranteed $7.73 million contract for next season on tap, GM Neil Olshey wasted no time making the decision to drop him, as just a day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, he announced the team wouldn't keep Ezeli around. Ezeli will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with anyone, although his most recent knee surgery could hold him out for a good chunk of the 2017-18 season as well, which will likely keep most teams away for the time being.
6:12 pm (EST)
Ehire Adrianza Headshot

Adrianza (oblique) has been transferred to Triple-A Rochester to continue his rehab assignment, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

The 27-year-old made it clear that is ready for more advanced competition, going 6-for-15 with two doubles and a stolen base in his three-game stint with High-A Fort Myers. A .220/.292/.313 career hitter at the major-league level, he will be merely a bench option for Minnesota upon his eventual return.
6:11 pm (EST)
Ryan Schimpf Headshot

Schimpf is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

Schimpf has been struggling mightily at the plate to start the season, slashing just .102/.276/.254 with 25 strikeouts in 59 at-bats, so he'll head to the bench as the recently recalled Cory Spangenberg takes over at the hot corner. If he doesn't pick it up in the near future, he could start to lose at-bats to Spangenberg.
6:09 pm (EST)
David Peralta Headshot

Peralta is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Despite going 11-for-17 over the last four games, Peralta will head to the bench as lefty Clayton Richard heads to the mound for the Padres. Chris Owings will slide into right field while Nick Ahmed mans shortstop for the game.
6:03 pm (EST)
Ryan LaMarre Headshot

LaMarre was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.

With Rajai Davis landing on the disabled list, the A's needed to add depth to the outfield. LaMarre was just traded to the club on Sunday, but will already have a shot to be on Oakland's major-league roster. Prior to being traded, LaMarre was hitting .268/.375/.341 at Triple-A Salt Lake.
6:03 pm (EST)
Robert Gsellman Headshot

Gsellman will be available out of the bullpen during this week's series against the Braves, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Tuesday's postponement will cost Gsellman a start, as manager Terry Collins has opted to keep Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey on schedule for Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. It's a tough break, but those who started Gsellman in weekly formats should still get one start out of him this week, Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
5:59 pm (EST)
Ryon Healy Headshot

Healy, who has gone 11-for-21 with four doubles, a home run, six RBI and four runs over his last seven games, rediscovered his swing during a two-game benching, John Hickey of the East Bay Times reports. "The game was going too fast for me for a few weeks there," Healy said in analysis. "I think it happens to everybody throughout the course of the season. Unfortunately for me, this was how I started the season. So having those two days to reevaluate and slow things back down I think it's helped me be more successful now."

After an 0-for-4 day against the Astros on April 15, Healy's line was sitting at an unsightly .170/.204/.340, a sharp departure for the player who'd knocked the cover off the ball over 72 games with the A's last season and socked five homers over 23 spring contests this year. Manager Bob Melvin stepped in and deployed the 25-year-old as a pinch hitter over the next two games, with Healy hitting safely in both. That seemed to kick-start his offense, leading to the aforementioned stretch that's raised each part of his slash line over 100 points.
5:59 pm (EST)
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