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Daniel Espinosa (B) Headshot

Espinosa agreed to a major-league contract with the Mariners on Sunday, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.

Just three days after being released by the Angels, the switch-hitting second baseman already has a new home (within the same division no less). This deal is an MLB agreement, so Espinosa would likely be in line to assume a reserve role once the pact is officially inked. Espinosa has a lot of pop in his bat for a second baseman, but his strikeout issues make him tough to trust, especially as a bench player.
6:09 pm (EST)
Raisel Iglesias (R) Headshot

Iglesias pitched two scoreless innings against the Marlins on Sunday to pick up his 17th save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter.

Though Iglesias was pitch-efficient in the outing, needing 27 pitches to get through his two innings, chances are he won't be available on Monday. He got pressed into service in the eighth inning after Michael Lorenzen had a tough seventh inning.
6:06 pm (EST)
Nick Tepesch (R) Headshot

Tepesch (elbow) was traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations Sunday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The 28-year-old hurler has been out since late May with a right elbow impingement, but the Blue Jays were intrigued by him enough to trade for his services. He'll need a little more time on the 7-day disabled list prior to returning to the fray, but he'll likely act as organizational pitching depth after that.
6:04 pm (EST)
Stephen Strasburg (R) Headshot

Strasburg was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after just two innings pitched for an undisclosed reason, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

No reason was disclosed as to why he exited so early. The Nationals don't provide in-game injury updates, so more information may not be available until later in the day on this topic. Consider Strasburg day-to-day for now. Matt Grace came into the game to replace him.
5:30 pm (EST)
Joey Votto (L) Headshot

Votto went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's win over the Marlins. He went 4-for-33 (albeit with seven walks) over the Reds 10-game homestand, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Votto has gone through similar tailspins (the first half of 2016 comes to mind) and still come through. Barring news of any injury, there's little reason to worry here.
5:25 pm (EST)
Clayton Kershaw (L) Headshot

Kershaw was removed from Sunday's game due to right lower back tightness, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

This is somewhat concerning given that Kershaw has landed on the disabled list due to back issues before, although the severity of this current problem isn't known at the moment. Continue to consider him day-to-day for now, but keep an eye out for further news on his status as his next start on July 30 nears.
5:22 pm (EST)
Clayton Kershaw (L) Headshot

Kershaw was removed from Sunday's game after just two innings pitched due to an undisclosed issue, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

Kershaw was examined by trainers in the top half of the inning but managed to finish the frame before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom half. No official word has come forth as to what the issue is, although it is worth noting that there is a bout of bronchitis going around the Dodgers' clubhouse at the moment. Consider the left-hander day-to-day for now. Ross Stripling came in the game to relieve him.
4:50 pm (EST)
Gerardo Parra (L) Headshot

Parra hasn't played the past two days due to a bruised right calf, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

It was surprising to see Parra miss two consecutive games given how well he's been hitting as of late, but this injury explains it. The Rockies don't expect him to hit the disabled list, but he should be considered day-to-day for the time being. Carlos Gonzalez will continue to pick up starts in right field until Parra is back in action.
4:22 pm (EST)
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