Alex Wimmers Headshot

Wimmers has a 3.00 ERA this spring but has seven strikeouts in six innings. He's being considered for a final spot in the bullpen, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Added 03/21/17 12:12 am (EST)
Wimmers moved to the bullpen last season and had a career revival with a 9.1 K/9 and 3.62 ERA at Triple-A. However, he had just a a 4.15 ERA and a 7.3 K/9 when called up to the majors in September. He also walked too many batters (4.4 BB/9 at Triple-A), which he'll need to reduce since he doesn't have a dominating fastball (91.6 mph average fastball in the majors last season). He's still likely to begin the season in Triple-A despite his strong spring.
Will Harris Headshot

Harris struck out two in a scoreless inning to pick up the save in Saturday's 5-2 win over Baltimore.

Added 12:41 am (EST)
Houston's closer Ken Giles had pitched the last two days and was unavailable Saturday, so Harris stepped in to serve as closer for the second time this season.
Dallas Keuchel Headshot

Keuchel (8-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Orioles.

Added 12:29 am (EST)
Keuchel, who threw just 86 pitches, could have gone longer but was fresh off the disabled list and reached his pitch limit. He pounded the bottom of the zone with his sinker, showing no signs of rust after not having pitched in 11 days. With the win, Keuchel lowered his ERA to 1.81, bettering the pace he set though 10 games during his 2015 Cy Young Award-winning campaign (1.90). He's next scheduled to pitch Friday against the Rangers on an extra day's rest.
Alex Presley Headshot

Presley was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, John Wagner of The Toledo Blade reports.

Added Yesterday 11:42 pm (EST)
The veteran outfielder will get his shot after starting the season at Triple-A, where he is slashing a disappointing .213/.278/.303 through 40 games. Presley spent most of last season with the Brewers, where he hit just .198 over 116 at-bats while serving mainly as a reserve outfielder. No corresponding move has been made yet, but he'll likely take the roster spot of Mikie Mahtook or Tyler Collins, both of whom are struggling to produce at the plate thus far. Don't expect too much production out of Presley, as he'll likely be taking on a reserve role in his return to the big leagues.
Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler was forced to leave his start after the sixth inning with a blister on his right hand, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Added Yesterday 11:08 pm (EST)
Wheeler had put together a solid performance before his premature departure, allowing just three runs on seven hits and recording five strikeouts. The young right-hander has established himself as a consistent arm in an injury-riddled Mets' rotation this season and, fortunately, this doesn't appear to be anything too serious. Consider him day-to-day as he aims for his next scheduled start, Thursday against the Brewers.
Brock Stewart Headshot

Stewart (shoulder) allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk while recording just one out in his rehab appearance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.

Added Yesterday 10:56 pm (EST)
Pitching in his first live action since March, Stewart struggled mightily while throwing just 23 pitches. A little rust is to be expected after a long recovery period and he should have several opportunities to find his rhythm as he works his way back from the DL. Nonetheless, this certainly isn't the start the Dodgers wanted to see out of their young arm.
Ross Stripling Headshot

Stripling allowed a single hit over three scoreless innings while striking out two batters to earn his first save of the season during Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Added Yesterday 10:47 pm (EST)
The converted starter has excelled out of the bullpen with a 2.54 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 10.5 K/9. However, he's being utilized more in the middle innings than in high-leverage situations, so his fantasy value will probably remain limited to providing solid ratios and punchouts.
Bud Norris Headshot

Norris closed out the Angels' 5-2 win Saturday in a non-save situation, allowing one run and a walk in the ninth inning.

Added Yesterday 10:44 pm (EST)
The reliever had been considered day-to-day after reporting knee soreness following Friday's appearance, but appears to be just fine. Norris allowed a home run to Marcell Ozuna and walked J.T. Realmuto before retiring J.T. Riddle to end the game. The 32-year-old is 9-for-11 in save opportunities this season and should continue to be regularly available out of the bullpen moving forward.
John Lackey Headshot

Lackey (4-5) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five batters over five innings during Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

Added Yesterday 10:37 pm (EST)
The veteran has now allowed 13 runs -- including five home runs -- through his past 15.1 innings. Lackey sports a 5.18 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 2.0 HR/9, which limits the value of his 9.4 K/9. His 21.0 HR/FB rate is probably eyeing positive regression, but Lackey's 5.02 FIP is another discouraging mark. It isn't out of the question to fade him outside of favorable matchups until he shows signs of turning his season around, and there is no guarantee that happens. Lackey lines up to face the Cardinals at Wrigley Field for his next start.
Brandon McCarthy Headshot

McCarthy was removed from Saturday's start after the sixth inning with right knee tendinitis, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 10:18 pm (EST)
The veteran right-hander cruised through six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six while throwing just 79 pitches. Unfortunately, manager Dave Roberts said McCarthy had complained about the issue in the fourth inning and was removed as a precautionary measure prior to the seventh. He is scheduled for an MRI following the game, so consider it a day-to-day issue until more information becomes available. McCarthy's next scheduled start is Thursday against St. Louis.
Alcides Escobar Headshot

Escobar went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indians.

Added Yesterday 10:12 pm (EST)
Escobar's lone hit of the day proved to be a big one, as his two-run double in the sixth inning off Danny Salazar broke a 2-2 tie. He got the Royals on the board in the first inning after reaching on an error by Jason Kipnis, scoring on a Salvador Perez sac fly. Despite collecting hits in four of his last six games, Escobar's average still sits well below the Mendoza Line, and his .205 OBP has contributed to him failing to steal a single base this season. He's averaged nearly 25 stolen bases in his previous six seasons with the Royals.
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