Josh Smith Headshot

Athletics claim RHP Josh Smith off waivers from Cincinnati.

Added 11/04/16 2:27 pm (EST)   Source
At the age of 29, Smith has 41 appearances and nine starts at the major league level. He has a career ERA of 5.46 and was not very solid in Triple-A. Perhaps the A's see something that they want and can turn him into a reliable option.
Jose Osuna Headshot

Osuna went 3-for-4 with a double Monday against the Cubs.

Added 12:17 pm (EST)
He's shown a good bat since his recall from Triple-A, hitting .286 with three extra-base hits in 14 at-bats. Osuna is a liability in the outfield. His best chance at extended action is if the team moves Josh Bell from first base to the outfield, allowing Osuna to settle in at first. That's a long ways off right now, though. Most likely, the rookie will continue seeing inconsistent time in the outfield.
Josh Rutledge Headshot

Rutledge (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, WEEI's Evan Drellich reports.

Added 12:15 pm (EST)
Not only is he healthy, but Rutledge stands to get some legitimate playing time over the next week or two, as Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) was placed on the DL as a corresponding move. Rutledge has a career .262/.312/.397 slash line, and has never been a league average hitter in the big leagues. He will likely lose out on at-bats once Brock Holt (vertigo) returns from the DL, but for now, it seems Rutledge, Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky are the team's only healthy options at third base.
Pablo Sandoval Headshot

Sandoval (knee) was placed on the 10-day DL on Tuesday, WEEI's Evan Drellich reports.

Added 12:11 pm (EST)
He sprained his right knee in Sunday's game, and will miss at least 10 days with the injury. Josh Rutledge (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list as a corresponding move. The Red Sox are incredibly thin in the infield at the moment, as Brock Holt (vertigo) is on the DL and Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) is day-to-day. Rutledge and Marco Hernandez should get the bulk of the starts at third base in the short term.
Francisco Cervelli Headshot

Cervelli went 0-for-4 Monday and is batting .182 in his last 47 plate appearances.

Added 12:03 pm (EST)
He made two errors Monday and was hit on the left wrist by the follow-through of Addison Russell's bat, though he stayed in the game. Cervelli is making hard contact at a career-high rate (42 percent) but his .208 BABIP is near a career low. The team removed him early from Saturday's game without explanation, so it might be wise to keep close tabs on the catcher's status.
Carlos Torres Headshot

Torres pitched a scoreless seventh inning and picked up the win in Monday's victory over the Reds.

Added 11:52 am (EST)
Torres has been hit-or-miss out of the bullpen early this season, but he threw the ball well Monday and came away with his first notch in the win column this season. Torres is working in middle relief for the Brewers, and as things stand, is no better than fourth in line for saves in Milwaukee.
Josh Bell Headshot

Bell went 1-for-3 against the Cubs on Monday and has at least one hit in each of his last seven starts.

Added 11:43 am (EST)
He started slowly but is batting .333 in his last 24 at-bats. The switch-hitter has also belted a pair of homers while hitting righty over his hot stretch. There remains a possibility Pittsburgh moves him back to his natural position in the outfield from first base, but his hot bat will likely remain in the lineup, regardless of where he plays.
Zach Britton Headshot

Britton (forearm) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

Added 11:43 am (EST)
Britton is first eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, but it sounds like the Orioles want to see how he performs in his return to mound work before bringing him back into the fold. If his session Wednesday goes well, the Orioles could potentially activate him over the weekend rather than sending him out on a minor-league rehab assignment. Brad Brach will continue to serve as the Orioles' primary closer for as long as Britton is out.
Hernán Pérez Headshot

Perez went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and a stolen base in Monday's victory over the Reds.

Added 11:41 am (EST)
Perez had been extremely quiet this season prior to Monday, but he took advantage of a starting opportunity -- just his 10th start so far in 2017 -- and had his best game of the season. Perez sits with a .711 OPS -- not far off the .730 mark he finished 2016 with -- but he is finding regular playing time hard to come by in his super-utility role.
Tim Adleman Headshot

Adleman will make his next start Friday against the Cardinals.

Added 11:40 am (EST)
Heading into the week, Adleman was lined up to start Wednesday against the Brewers, but with the Reds announcing Monday that Rookie Davis (forearm) would return from the disabled list to start that game, Adleman will be pushed back two days while Cody Reed is bumped from the rotation. Adleman acquitted himself well in his first start in place of Brandon Finnegan (shoulder) on April 21 against the Cubs, taking a no decision while giving up two runs over six innings and striking out seven.
George Springer Headshot

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that he's hopeful that Springer (hamstring) will be back in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener with the Indians, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Added 11:14 am (EST)
This echoes the sentiment Hinch expressed heading into Sunday's game against the Rays, a contest Springer sat out after exiting one night earlier with the left hamstring discomfort. Assuming Springer responds well to the time off he received to heal up, he'll likely take back his usual duties in center field and at the top of the batting order.
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