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Pirates recall RP Bobby LaFromboise from Triple-A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:04 pm ET) The Pirates have recalled left-hander Bobby LaFromboise from Triple-A Indianapolis. The left-hander had an earlier stint with the Pirates, pitching a scoreless inning of relief back in May.

He is 1-1 with a 2.72 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 42 appearances at Triple-A this season. He will take the roster spot of A.J. Burnett, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.


Cubs designate RP Ben Rowen for assignment
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:01 pm ET) The Cubs have designated for assignment right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen, per MLB.com.

Rowen has yet to pitch in the bigs this season after making eight relief appearances for Texas in 2014. He has performed well for Triple-A Iowa this year, compiling a 1.93 ERA.


Pirates' A.J. Burnett to 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:59 pm ET) The Pirates have placed struggling pitcher A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Burnett has been dreadful over his last three times out, going 1-2 with a whopping 10.13 ERA in that span.

Burnett claimed he was healthy following Thursday's disaster of an outing, when he allowed seven earned runs against the Reds. But regardless, he will be out for at least the next two weeks.


Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe to be back in action Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will be reinstated from the paternity list before the game Saturday against visiting Seattle, per ESPN.

Plouffe, who has been out since Tuesday, will return with a slash line of .257/.316/.456.


Twins designate RP Caleb Thielbar for assignment
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5:49 pm ET) The Twins designated relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar for assignment on Friday, according to 1500ESPN.com.

Thielbar had a 5.40 ERA with five strikeouts in  five innings of relief this season.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda benched Friday against LHP Gonzalez
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) A matchup against tough Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has Mets first baseman Lucas Duda out of the lineup Friday night.

Duda, who is 3-for-17 lifetime against Gonzalez, is just two days removed from a three-homer game. He has also hit lefties well this year with 28 hits in 93 at-bats.


Manager: Mariners C Jesus Montero will play extensively
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:34 pm ET) Mariners just-promoted catcher Jesus Montero will be receiving plenty of playing time as the team seeks to evaluate him.

"My hope is to play him as much as possible," Lloyd McClendon told ESPN. "We need to find out about him and see what he's got."

He didn't have much in his previous stints with Seattle after a strong rookie season in 2012. He has since managed just 28 hits in 128 at-bats and spent nearly all of his time in the minors.


Rangers option RP Jon Edwards to Triple-A
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5:33 pm ET) The Rangers have optioned relief pitcher Jon Edwards to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, according to Fox Sports Southwest.

Edwards was recalled from Round Rock on Wednesday but didn't see any game action.


Giants SP Mike Leake to make team debut on Sunday vs. Rangers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:33 pm ET) New Giants pitcher Mike Leake will make his first start with the team on Sunday against the Rangers. Leake, who last pitched on Tuesday with the Reds, will be going on regular start. He was acquired by the Giants in a trade on Thursday.

Royals' Jeremy Guthrie stays in rotation; Chris Young odd man out
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5:29 pm ET) The Royals will make a tweak to their starting rotation as they aim to make another deep postseason run this year.

Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (7-7) will keep his spot in the rotation, while Chris Young (8-6) will head to the bullpen as the odd man out, according to The Kansas City Star.

Neither have been especially sharp as of late -- Young has a 5.11 ERA with 11 walks and seven home runs allowed in his last five starts; Guthrie sports a 5.58 ERA with nine walks and five home runs allowed in his previous five outings.


 
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