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Daniel Mengden Headshot

Mengden is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and .189 BAA over four starts with Triple-A Nashville.

The 24-year-old right-hander has been particularly effective in his last two starts, allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 13 innings while also compiling 12 strikeouts. Mengden is projected to remain with the Sounds for the moment, although if Jesse Hahn (triceps) and Kendall Graveman (shoulder) both land on the disabled list as expected, he could be in line for a call-up.
2:00 am (EST)
Drew Smyly Headshot

Smyly (elbow) increased the intensity of his throwing program Friday by moving out to a distance of about 90 feet, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

Smyly continues on track for a return to the decimated Mariners rotation sometime in June. If all goes according to plan, the team could have its original projected 2017 starting five healthy for the first time in just a few weeks, as Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) and James Paxton (forearm) are all projected to return soon as well.
1:52 am (EST)
Jose Martinez Headshot

Martinez (groin), who went 2-for-5 with a two-run ground-rule double and a run in his first start with High-A Palm Beach on Friday, can spend a maximum of 20 days in the minors on his rehab assignment, Derrick Gold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

At the 20-day juncture, the Cardinals must either bring Martinez back to the big-league club, option him to Triple-A Memphis or return him to the disabled list. The 28-year-old is projected to put in some time at first base while with Palm Beach, as the recent trade of Matt Adams to the Braves has opened up the top backup job behind Matt Carpenter.
1:35 am (EST)
Stephen Piscotty Headshot

Piscotty left the team Friday to tend to a family matter, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The outfielder headed to California to tend to the issue, but manager Mike Matheny has stated that the team does not intend to make a corresponding roster move for the time being. Piscotty was already in Denver with the team for the opening game of the weekend series against the Rockies when he received word of the situation. The 26-year-old has been struggling on the team's current road trip with a .143 average and was not projected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game.
1:14 am (EST)
Blake Snell Headshot

Snell fired 112 pitches and racked up nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a start for Triple-A Durham on Friday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The young southpaw also gave up four earned runs on five hits and four walks, experiencing some of the control problems that led to his demotion in the first place. Snell is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 21:6 K:BB over 11.2 innings across two starts with the Bulls. He's likely due for several more appearances in the minors at a minimum, as the Rays would like to see him put together a stretch of outings during which he locates the ball consistently.
1:03 am (EST)
James Paxton Headshot

Paxton (forearm) threw four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Arkansas on Friday night and is expected to rejoin the rotation Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Paxton threw 55 pitches and allowed two runs on five hits. His control was sharp, as he didn't walk a batter. Paxton was lights-out in six starts before hitting the disabled list (1.43 ERA, 0.88 WHIP), and he looks like he's in fine form as he nears his return.
12:50 am (EST)
Kennys Vargas Headshot

Vargas went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay to extended his hitting streak to six games.

Vargas continues to stick in the lineup as he's hitting .474 (9-for-19) during the streak.
12:22 am (EST)
Héctor Santiago Headshot

Santiago gave up three runs and a home run over 5.1 innings with six strikeouts and two walks to fall to 4-3 in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay.

After giving up nine runs and 15 hits over 7.2 innings in his last two starts, this outing was an improvement. Santiago has been plagued recently by the the long ball as he's given up five home runs in his last three starts, after allowing just three in his first seven starts.
12:21 am (EST)
Craig Kimbrel Headshot

Kimbrel pitched a clean ninth inning on Friday to earn the save in a 3-0 win over Seattle.

His ERA now stands at a microscopic 0.83 on the season, and he continues to mow batters down at a tremendous clip. He remains one of the elite closers in the game and is as reliable as they come when looking for saves in fantasy; he's now 13-for-14 in save chances on the campaign.
12:18 am (EST)
Eduardo Rodríguez Headshot

Rodriguez (4-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks in a 3-0 win over Seattle on Friday. He struck out four.

Rodriguez continues to shut down opposing lineups. In his last seven starts, he's allowed just 11 earned runs over 44 innings pitched. The 24-year-old southpaw's 9.6 K/9 on the season is certainly impressive, and he's showing no signs of slowing up anytime soon. He'll take the mound again Thursday in a road tilt against Baltimore.
12:11 am (EST)
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