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Blaine Hardy Headshot

Hardy has been roughed up in his last four appearances, giving up five runs in 3.1 innings.

Although only three of those runs were earned, the run total has signaled a rough patch for the Detroit reliever. Before these last four games, Hardy had only given up one run and eight hits in 10 innings pitched. During this skid, however, he's given up seven hits, two of which were long balls, inflating his WHIP from 1.00 to 1.35.
2:03 pm (EST)
Bradley Zimmer Headshot

Zimmer is trying to work out some kinks in his swing, but Indians coaches are taking a hands-off approach as the rookie get acclimated to MLB, reports.

The young slugger overhauled his swing mechanics last season, and continued working on the new style during spring training. Assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro said he believes Zimmer is "still trying to find" a consistent stroke, but he's sure the outfielder knows what needs to be adjusted. Through his first eight MLB games, the 24-year-old is slashing .286/.400/.476 in 25 plate appearances.
2:01 pm (EST)
César Hernández Headshot

Hernandez is batting .244 in May after his hot April.

Since his blazing April, when he hit .323 and four home runs, Hernandez has gone cold in May. He's never hit more than six home runs in a season, so the power numbers weren't expected to stay. The Phillies hope their leadoff hitter's batting average can soon increase back towards his April numbers so he can once again provide the middle of the order with plenty of RBI opportunities.
2:00 pm (EST)
Peter O'Brien Headshot

The Reds designatedO'Brien for assignment Thursday.

It's an all too familiar read for O'Brien, who received a DFA by the Royals on May 10 before Cincinnati claimed him. Perhaps he'll stay in the Cincinnati system, but it doesn't look like he'll have a clear shot at big-league at-bats for the near future. Still, for all his flaws with plate discipline, he carries tantalizing power that an organization may once day embrace, which makes him a perennial fantasy watch candidate.
1:59 pm (EST)
Amir Garrett Headshot

Garrett was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with right hip inflammation.

The southpaw teased tantalizing upside early in the year but has fallen back to earth with a 6.00 ERA over eight starts. The Reds have planned on monitoring Garrett's workload as the former two-sport athlete continues to develop his baseball acumen, but he'll have to wait for his next chance as he goes on the mend.
1:55 pm (EST)
Jake Buchanan Headshot

The Reds claimed Buchanan off waivers from the Cubs on Thursday.

The Cubs designated the right-hander for assignment Monday after posting a 4.75 ERA in 41.2 frames with Triple-A Iowa. Buchanan probably will report to Triple-A Louisville unless Cincinnati needs him on the big-league roster.
1:52 pm (EST)
J.A. Happ Headshot

Happ (elbow) is scheduled to start his first rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Thursday.

General manager Ross Atkins said Happ would need anywhere from one-to-three rehab starts before rejoining the Blue Jays, so expect an update on his status following Thursday's rehab appearance. If all goes well, Atkins indicated Happ could rejoin the big-league rotation within the next 10-to-15 days.
1:48 pm (EST)
Blake Parker Headshot

Parker fired a scoreless innings Wednesday, striking out all three batters he faced in a loss to the Rays.

The solid outing lowered the 32-year-old's ERA to 2.95 on the season while sporting an impressive 5.0 K/BB ratio. The veteran has looked like a new pitcher in 2017 after struggling out of the Angels' bullpen in his previous two seasons. Bud Norris appears to have a firm grip on the closer role in Los Angeles, but Parker has put himself in a position to be considered for a late-inning role should the opportunity present itself.
1:47 pm (EST)
Samir Duenez Headshot

Duenez is hitting .274/.330/.446 with six home runs, 30 RBI and 23 runs through 42 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The Royals' No. 6 prospect is illustrating why the team protected him from this year's Rule 5 draft. Duenez leads the Naturals in RBI and runs. Furthermore, the first baseman's RBI total is good for fifth-best among all Texas League hitters. With a fire sale seeming likely for the big-league club this summer, Duenez, 21, could be in line to make his MLB debut before 2017 is over.
1:32 pm (EST)
Christian Arroyo Headshot

The Giants are deciding whether they want to keep Arroyo in the majors while he works through his current slump, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

The infielder is 0-for-13 in his last three games and has steadily eroded at the plate in May (.193/.261/.277 in 22 contests). Manager Bruce Bochy said Arroyo facing major-league pitching is crucial for his development, but the organization remains undecided. Arroyo may only have a few more days to prove he's still worth a spot with the Giants while working through his issues. He's batting eighth and playing third base Thursday as a result of Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) being a late scratch.
1:28 pm (EST)
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