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Royals righty Edinson Volquez drops appeal to suspension
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:58 pm ET) One day after giving up five runs in the sixth inning and taking the loss, Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez has done some more giving up. He has dropped his appeal and will begin serving his five-game suspension for his role in the Thursday brawl with the White Sox, per USA Today.

Volquez can no longer make his scheduled start Friday against Detroit, but would be eligible to pitch Saturday.

The good news in regard to Volquez is that four of the runs he allowed Sunday were unearned, leaving his ERA at a still-sparkling 1.91.


Rays C John Jaso moved to 60-day DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:40 pm ET) The left wrist sprain that Rays catcher John Jaso sustained on Opening Day has not improved enough to bring him back any time soon. He has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, pushing his timetable back for a return to at least early June, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Jaso put just one at-bat in the books before going down.


White Sox dispatch LHP Eric Surkamp to Triple-A Charlotte
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:33 pm ET) The White Sox have reported that lefty Eric Surkamp has cleared waivers and placed at Triple-A Charlotte. He had been designated for assignment Sunday.

A back strain has prevented Surkamp from pitching this season. He appeared in a career-high 35 games in 2014.


Dodgers trade LHP Xavier Cedeno to Rays for cash
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(1:21 pm ET) The Dodgers announced Monday they have traded left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations. It's the second time in six days that Cedeno has been dealt, as he came over to the Dodgers from Washington on April 22. 

Cedeno did not appear in a game with the Dodgers and had been designated for assignment by the team. So far this season, he's pitched in five games for the Nationals, with an ERA of 6.00. 


White Sox RHP Javy Guerra set to begin rehab stint
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:03 pm ET) Veteran right-hander Javy Guerra has been sent by the White Sox to Triple-A Charlotte to begin a rehab assignment. He has been on the disabled list since April 20, but the shoulder ailment that triggered the move has had him sidelined since April 13.

Guerra opened the year in the Chicago bullpen. He pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings covering three appearances before going down.


Astros' Daniel Mengden performing well early in first full season
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:45 pm ET) Astros pitcher Daniel Mengden has gotten out to a hot start in his first full professional season since being selected in the fourth round of last year's draft, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mengden suffered a stress fracture in his back last March but pitched through the injury in his last season with Texas A&M.

"My back feels great and I’m just feeling really well and throwing the ball well," Mengden said.

Mengden has racked up 19 strikeouts while issuing just one walk in 12 2/3 innings while posting a 2.84 ERA in three appearances (two starts) with Class A Quad Cities.

"Just trying to throw strikes and get success," he said. "It’s not about striking everybody out. The strikeouts present themselves. I’m just throwing strikes and hitting my spots. Letting my defense play behind me is the biggest thing."


Report: Nationals' Max Scherzer (thumb) seeing specialist
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:43 pm ET) Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who sprained his right thumb while hitting last Thursday, is reportedly seeing a specialist to gather more information about the injury, per Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. 

The Nationals are optimstic that their $200 million ace will miss no more than one start -- the one he was scheduled to make Tuesday against the Braves. Scherzer threw in the outfield on Sunday, but the thumb remained swollen. 

Scherzer is 1-2 over his first four starts with the Nationals but owns a 1.26 ERA and 29:4 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.


Pirates SS Justin Sellers makes Triple-A rehab start
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:36 pm ET) Pirates infielder Justin Sellers, who is on the disabled list with an Achilles injury, made a rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday after moving up from doing rehab work with the Pirates' Class A club. 

Sellers started the game and played shortshop. He was 0-for-1 with one strikeout and one walk before being replaced.


Mariners SS prospect Chris Taylor torrid in Tacoma
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:09 pm ET) A fractured wrist prevented Chris Taylor from completing his competition with Brad Miller for the Mariners starting shortstop job out of spring training. But he certainly is making up for lost time.

Taylor has been tearing it up at Triple-A Tacoma since being activated and sent there in mid-April. He has five two-hit games since April 20 and has hit safely in all but two of 11 games since his late start to his season. He has scored seven runs, slammed two homers and driven in four.

The 24-year-old Taylor boasts a slash line of .305/.364/.441. But Miller is performing well with Seattle, making Taylor's path to the big leagues a little rockier. Miller has hit safely in eight of his last nine games as his average has soared to .291.


Report: Phillies hoping to deal Jonathan Papelbon to Red Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:41 am ET) The Phillies are trying to convince the Red Sox to trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to the Boston Globe.

Such a deal could make sense for Boston considering that current closer Koji Uehara has lost a bit of velocity and owns an uncharacterstic 4.15 ERA with two runs and five hits allowed in his last 2 1/3 innings.

Papelbon, on the other hand, has been lights-out. He is 4-fof-4 in save opportunities and had not yielded a run until Sunday. He is also quite familiar with pitching at Fenway, having served as the Red Sox closer from 2006 through 2011. Papelbon is one of only a handful of major league closers that have maintained that role for more than a few years.


 
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