Dean Kiekhefer Headshot

Mariners have claimed LHP Dean Kiekhefer off waivers from the Cardinals.

Added 11/04/16 3:22 pm (EST)   Source
The Mariners added some depth to their bullpen with this signing. Kiekhefer this season pitched in 22 innings and had a 5.32 ERA with 14 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.41.
Tyson Ross Headshot

Ross (shoulder) threw five scoreless innings in his rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. He gave up two hits and one walk and struck out five batters.

Added 11:39 am (EST)
Ross, who faced a 75-pitch limit for the rehab outing, showed very few signs of rust in what was his first game in affiliated ball since last August before he required thoracic outlet syndrome in the fall. The right-hander tossed 44 of his 73 pitches for strikes and flashed a fastball that sat in the 90-to-92 mph range, according to Sam Butler of MLB.com. The Rangers will have Ross make another rehab start with Round Rock next week, when he'll likely have his restriction bumped up to around six innings or 90 pitches. After that outing, the Rangers will reevaluate Ross and decide if he's ready to come off the disabled list. Before making just one start in an injury-plagued 2016, Ross turned in sub-3.50 ERAs from 2013 to 2015, so he could make for an attractive stash in deeper mixed leagues until the Rangers activate him.
Rajai Davis Headshot

Davis went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Marlins.

Added 11:33 am (EST)
The veteran outfielder was originally left out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's tilt, but entered the game in the seventh inning as part of a double switch resulting from Yonder Alonso's wrist injury. Davis' ninth-inning, two-out blast gave Oakland some hope by narrowing the deficit to 11-9, although they ultimately came up short. The homer extended Davis' hitting streak to five games and was his first round tripper since April 20. The 36-year-old smacked a career-high 12 homers last season in Cleveland, but he's seen a notable increase in soft contact this season (19.1 percent to 24.5 percent).
Shin-Soo Choo Headshot

Choo went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Tuesday's 11-6 loss to the Red Sox.

Added 11:26 am (EST)
Choo's run-scoring double tied things up in the fifth inning and the designated hitter later plated another run on a base hit in the sixth inning, giving him his fourth multi-RBI game of the season. The pair of hits also helped Choo extend his on-base streak to 12 games. Choo's .374 on-base percentage leads all Rangers regulars and should allow him to keep his spot at the top of the order, at least against right-handed pitching.
Alex Meyer Headshot

Meyer will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with back spasms, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Added 11:26 am (EST)
The Angels have yet to formally announce the move, but Meyer will hit the DL after experiencing tightness following Tuesday's bullpen session. General manager Billy Eppler said he's unsure how much time Meyer will miss. Brooks Pounders is on his way to join the major-league club, but it may be a short stay, as the team will need to clear a spot for Daniel Wright (Meyer's replacement in the rotation) prior to Thursday's game.
Francisco Liriano Headshot

Liriano (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday and expects to make a rehab start Sunday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Added 11:25 am (EST)
The veteran southpaw has been sidelined since May 11 with shoulder soreness, which he said was plaguing him for weeks prior to landing on the DL. A successful bullpen session at Miller Park on Tuesday seems to have him in line for the final step of his rehab, a weekend outing with Triple-A Buffalo. Assuming all goes well, Liriano could be activated within the next week.
Brooks Pounders Headshot

Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added 11:24 am (EST)
With Alex Meyer (back) heading to the disabled list, an opening on the major-league roster was created for Pounders to head up to the big leagues. The 26-year-old reliever struggled in his initial appearance with the Halos but settled down to post three straight scoreless outings prior to his demotion earlier in the month. He also struck out five batters across his four appearances earlier in the year, so he will likely get his fair share of innings in a middle-relief role while he's in the majors.
Daniel Wright Headshot

Wright will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to start Thursday against the Rays, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added 11:23 am (EST)
He takes the spot of regular starter Alex Meyer, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with back spasms. Wright compiled a 5.54 ERA over 13 innings while being used as a long reliever for the Angles earlier this season, including an exceptional spot start against the Blue Jays in which he allowed just three hits over five shutout innings. Nonetheless, the right-hander has compiled an ugly 9.35 ERA over four minor-league starts this season and his spot on the big league roster may only be a temporary one, so temper any expectations right off the bat.
Joey Gallo Headshot

Gallo went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in Tuesday's 11-6 loss to the Red Sox.

Added 11:20 am (EST)
After sitting out in the Rangers' previous game Sunday against the Tigers, Gallo returned to the lineup with a bang, collecting his 19th and 20th extra-base hits of the season. Gallo's at-bats will likely tail off once Adrian Beltre (calf) returns from the disabled list in early June, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the slugging third baseman remains likely to stick with the big club.
Jed Lowrie Headshot

Lowrie went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, another two-bagger and three runs in Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Marlins.

Added 11:19 am (EST)
The veteran infielder continues to wield a hot bat, as he now has a five-game hitting streak in which he's accumulated nine hits overall. That stretch has included Tuesday's pair of doubles, two home runs and five RBI, leading to an impressive .529 wOBA, 27.8 percent line drive rate and 38.9 percent hard contact rate. One potential consequence of Lowrie's resurgent season could be an eventual move to a contender, which would open up the second base job at the big-league level for promising prospect Franklin Barreto.
Dwight Smith Jr. Headshot

Smith was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Added 11:18 am (EST)
Anthony Alford's placement on the DL has opened the door for Smith to return for his second stint with the big club this season. Smith saw four plate appearances during his first callup, going 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. He is out of the lineup Wednesday and will likely serve primarily as depth, although his .316/.368/.456 line with Buffalo suggests he's capable of wrestling away starts from Ezequiel Carrera in left field.
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