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Angels designate pitcher Chad Smith for assignment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:24 pm ET) The Angels have designated pitcher Chad Smith for assignment, according to the Orange County Register.

Smith will be cleared from the 40-man roster to make room for Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was acquired earlier in the day. Smith gave up five runs on five hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work this season for Los Angeles.


A's RP Edward Mujica doesn't expect to miss much time on DL
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:23 pm ET) Athletics reliever Edward Mujica, currently on the disabled lis with a thumb injury, does not expect to miss much more time than the minimum 15 days. He believes he'll be ready to go when he gets the stiches removed, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Mujica suffered a fractured thumb during an appearance on May 21, his fifth outing with the A's since being acquired earlier in the month.


Outfielder Alejandro De Aza designated for assignment by Orioles
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:19 pm ET) The Orioles have designated outfielder Alejandro De Aza for assignment on Wednesday. De Aza has struggled this season to the tune of a .214/.277/.359 batting line with three home runs and seven. He also had 34 strikeouts compared to just seven walks in 103 at-bats. 

De Aza was acquired by the Orioles from the White Sox in August 2014. 

The move opens up a spot for infielder Ryan Flaherty, who was activated from the disabled list.


Giants pitcher Erik Cordier clears waivers
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:18 pm ET) Giants pitcher Erik Cordier has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Cordier has three days to accept or reject his outright assignment. Cordier pitched six innings for San Francisco this season, posting a 1.50 ERA with nine strikeouts and just two walks.


Rockies' Matzek not ready to return to game action at Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:14 pm ET) The Rockies don't have a timetable for starting pitcher Tyler Matzek to return to game action for Triple-A Albuquerque, per MLB.com. For now, he continues to work with the coaching staff on fundamentals.

"I'm not going to get into it too much, but a lot of it is getting Tyler back to the basics on all fronts, and once he's able to simplify things in those ways it'll get him back on a path for success," Rockies player development director Zach Wilson said. "Tyler has had success before. He's also had to fight through ups and downs.

"Any professional athlete is going to run into hurdles. But because of the nature of Tyler Matzek, he's going to be able to get through it. Nobody's worried about it. Certainly he's not."


Report: Braves activate Chris Johnson, call up Donnie Veal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:07 pm ET) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is reportedly going to be activated on Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Johnson, who was on the 15-day DL with a hand injury, will be called up a little earlier than expected after the team completed a trade for Alberto Callaspo, leaving a vacant spot on the roster. The team will also call up pitcher Donnie Veal to join the bullpen.

Johnson is hitting .279 with five RBI in 43 at-bats this season. Veal is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 innings of work for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.


Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline to receive PRP injection
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:07 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Branden Kline met with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, and was prescribed a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. Kline will then rest for six weeks without throwing, according to MASNSports.com.

Through eight starts with Double-A Bowie this season, Kline has a 3.66 ERA and a 6.2 K/9 ratio. 


Athletics' Griffin, Pomeranz continue rehab process
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(2:06 pm ET) Injured Athletics pitchers A.J. Griffin and Drew Pomeranz are both progressing in their respective rehab process.

Griffin will throw a simulated game on Thursday, per the MLB Network. Griffin, who is nursing an elbow injury, was a huge factor in the A's rotation during the 2012-13 seasons before the injury bug struck.

Pomeranz will throw off a mound on Thursday, after playing catch earilier in the week. He is on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury. Pomeranz (2-3) has a 4.40 ERA in 43 innings this season.


Rockies' Hawkins getting close to restarting rehab assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:04 pm ET) Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins (biceps) threw a bullpen session Tuesday withou pain, according to MLB.com. Hawkins, who reported feeling well Wednesday, will throw another bullpen session this weekend in Philadelphia.

If all goes well this weekend, Hawkins will then restart his rehab assignment. He had to stop his previous rehab assignment due to a minor setback.


Tigers RP Alex Wilson gets first big-league start on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:59 pm ET) The Tigers have named Alex Wilson as the starter for Wednesday's matchup with the A's. Wilson is starting for Alfredo Simon, who was placed on the bereavement list. This will be Wilson's first career start after making 56 relief appearances in his career, including 12 this season.

Left-hander Kyle Ryan was expected to make the start after being recalled from Triple-A, but it seems Ryan will not be ready in time for first pitch on Wednesday, according to MLive.com.


 
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