Dario Alvarez
Rangers' Dario Alvarez: Traded to Rangers
Dario Alvarez, RP, ATL
4:36 PM
News: Alvarez was traded to the Rangers on Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The 27 year-old is having a solid season for the Braves, compiling a 3.00 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 15 innings. Alvarez will join the fellow left-handers Jake Diekman and Alex Claudio in the Rangers bullpen. Lucas Harrell is heading to Texas as well. The return for the Braves is unknown at this time.

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Raisel Iglesias
Reds' Raisel Iglesias: Thriving in multi-inning role
Raisel Iglesias, RP, CIN
4:14 PM
News: Iglesias has pitched multiple innings in nine of his 10 relief outings, and he has a 0.44 ERA in 20.1 innings in that role, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

That usage pattern is purposeful - the Reds don't want to use him on back-to-back days, so instead they'll find a good spot to have him go two or more innings.

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Tony Cingrani
Reds' Tony Cingrani: Abandoning slider
Tony Cingrani, RP, CIN
4:10 PM
News: Cingrani has come pretty close to abandoning his slider since the beginning of June, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, throwing it just 3.7 percent of the time.

In its place, Cingrani instead is throwing a splitter that's roughly five mph slower than his fastball, but he's throwing that just five percent of the time. Otherwise he's mostly just throwing his fastball, with good results - a 2.08 ERA over his last 20 appearances, beginning June 1.

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Jason Motte
Rockies' Jason Motte: Placed on disabled list Wednesday
Jason Motte, RP, COL
3:16 PM
News: The Rockies have placed Motte on the disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Motte has struggled over his last 10 outing, posting a 9.00 ERA in eight innings with the Rockies. During those 10 outings, Motte gave up at least one run in seven of them. It's unclear at this point when Motte will be able to return, but he will remain behind Carlos Estevez and Jake McGee in the closer pecking order when he does.

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Michael Blazek
Brewers' Michael Blazek: Recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs
Michael Blazek, RP, MIL
3:08 PM
News: Blazek was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday.

Blazek will head to Milwaukee as Jacob Barnes was placed on the 15-Day DL with elbow soreness. Blazek struggled with the Brewers earlier in the season, posting a 5.87 ERA and allowing five home runs over 30.2 innings.

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Jacob Barnes
Brewers' Jacob Barnes: Placed on 15-Day DL
Jacob Barnes, RP, MIL
3:04 PM
News: Barnes (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.

The extent of Barnes's injury was not announced and is being described as elbow soreness. Barnes had been a solid option for Milwaukee out of the bullpen, as he'd brought his ERA down to a respectable 3.71. The Brewers recalled Michael Blazek from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill in while Barnes is out.

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Franklyn Kilome
Phillies' Franklyn Kilome: 3.17 ERA over last 10 starts
Franklyn Kilome, RP, PHI
11:52 AM
News: Kilome, 21, has a 3.17 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his last 54 innings with Low-A Lakewood.

He gave up 17 earned runs in his first three starts and has given up 19 earned runs in his last 13 starts, so his 4.46 ERA doesn't quite illustrate how good he has been for the majority of 2016. He is still walking too many people (27 walks in last 54 innings), but few pitchers in the lower levels can match Kilome's raw stuff. If his command/control takes a step forward in the coming seasons, he'll start to realistically profile at the front of the Phillies' rotation.

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Buddy Baumann
Padres' Buddy Baumann: Recalled Wednesday
Buddy Baumann, RP, SD
10:16 AM
News: The Padres recalled Baumann from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

Baumann will return to the Padres for his second stint with the team this month. He will be the fifth left-hander in the Padres' bullpen, so look for him to be used situationally.

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Adam Liberatore
Dodgers' Adam Liberatore: Dealing with a sore right knee
Adam Liberatore, RP, LAD
10:08 AM
News: Liberatore was unavailable Tuesday due to a sore right knee, the Dodgers' official site reports.

Per manager Dave Roberts, the injury is not considered serious. Along with Joe Blanton, Liberatore has been a rock in the late innings for the team this year, posting a 1.35 ERA in 33.1 innings. He's day-to-day for now.

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Jonathan Papelbon
Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon: Closing role could be on thin ice
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, WAS
8:04 AM
News: Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested after Tuesday's loss to the Indians that the team could potentially explore a closing change, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. "It's too soon after [the game to make a decision on a closer]," Baker said about 15 minutes after the loss. "I mean, that's [Papelbon's] job. That's what he's getting paid for. I don't know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It's too early to say after the game."

Papelbon blew only his third save in 22 chances on the season, but Tuesday's outing was a total disaster, as he failed to record an out en route to surrendering three runs (two earned), two hits and two walks. He was tagged for four runs over 0.2 innings in his previous outing, and with the Nationals fighting for playoff position, it might make sense for the team to explore other ninth-inning options until Papelbon regains his mojo. The veteran closer is sitting on a career worst 4.18 ERA and 1.42 WHIP for the season and has been outproduced by top setup man Shawn Kelley, who owns a 3.11 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 58 strikeouts across 37.2 innings. Look for the Nationals to at least address their underwhelming bullpen by acquiring a reliever prior to the Aug. 1 trade deadline, but it's uncertain if they'll pony up for a potential closer now that the top prize on the market, Aroldis Chapman, has been dealt to the Cubs.

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