Daniel Hudson
Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson: Emerging as dominant reliever
Daniel Hudson, RP, ARI
3:26 PM
News: Hudson struck out one batter in 0.2 innings of action during Sunday's victory over the Padres.

Hudson's brief appearance in Sunday's outing brought his ERA down to 1.31 and his WHIP to 0.73. Now in his second season of pitching as a reliever, Hudson is becoming one of Arizona's most used bullpen options and has thrown in 21 games. He's improved his BB/9 from 2015's 3.33 to 2.18 and is putting up an opponent batting average of .143, the lowest of his career. His performance against righties has been especially dominant, striking out 11 of the 37 right-handed hitters he's faced while giving up a mere two hits.

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Will Smith
Brewers' Will Smith: Activation coming up
Will Smith, RP, MIL
11:24 AM
News: Smith (knee) is expected to be activated from the DL during the upcoming four-game series with the Phillies that begins Thursday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Smith recently moved his rehab to Double-A Biloxi, where he struck out one batter in a clean inning, throwing 12 of 16 total pitches for strikes. He's now made three rehab appearances, allowing one hit and no walks with five strikeouts over four innings. Smith will soon return to the Milwaukee bullpen, though it appears Jeremy Jeffress will retain the closer's role for now. If Smith can string together a few quality appearances, he could find himself as a trade chip for the rebuilding Brewers.

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Kenley Jansen
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Earns save with perfect inning
Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
12:24 AM
News: Jansen earned his 15th save of the season Sunday versus the Mets, striking out one in a perfect inning.

Jansen, who has two consecutive conversions after blowing a pair of saves last week, now has a stellar 1.35 ERA and 0.56 WHIP. He has quickly shown that the hiccups from last week are behind him and should continue to nail down saves with regularity moving forward.

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Chris Rusin
Rockies' Chris Rusin: Hit hard in Sunday's loss to Giants
Chris Rusin, RP, COL
5/29/2016
News: Rusin was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Giants, allowing six runs on 11 hits and three walks across just five innings.

Rusin threw a respectable 63% of his pitches for strikes, but he was simply too hittable Sunday, as he yielded extra-bases six times in compiling a whopping WHIP of 2.80. His season ERA surged to 4.75 with the poor outing, and he will look to rebound Friday at San Diego.

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Blaine Boyer
Brewers' Blaine Boyer: Picks up first save Sunday
Blaine Boyer, RP, MIL
5/29/2016
News: Boyer allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work Sunday, striking out one, but still managed to record his first save of the season.

With Jeremy Jeffress unavailable after pitching four times in the last five days, the Brewers turned to Boyer to protect a three-run lead Sunday and he barely got the job done. Will Smith is close to coming off the DL and bolstering the bullpen, though, so this may end up being the last save opportunity Boyer sees this season.

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Brad Ziegler
Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler: Earns ninth save of season
Brad Ziegler, RP, ARI
5/29/2016
News: Ziegler pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout against the Padres on Sunday.

Ziegler is safe in his role as the team's closer, and he remains perfect going 9-for-9 in save chances this year. His stats aren't exactly pretty (1-2 with a 3.54 ERA) but he's getting the job done for the D-Backs every time he's asked to, and he's notched 37 straight saves dating back to 2015.

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Joe Blanton
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Puts up career best numbers
Joe Blanton, RP, LAD
5/29/2016
News: Blanton has a 2.81 ERA and 0.78 WHIP after pitching 25.2 innings.

The 35-year-old righty has become the most used pitcher in the Dodgers' bullpen, and rightfully so, as he's posting some of the best numbers of his career. His K/9 rate is currently 9.12, blowing his career average of 6.42 out of the water, and at 91.1 miles per hour, his fastball is the fastest it's ever been. While his 4.11 ERA for the month of May makes it look like his performance is trending downwards, this is almost entirely coming from two rough outings where he gave up six runs in two innings. Apart from those two games, Blanton has given up only two runs across 23.2 innings in 2016.

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J.P. Howell
Dodgers' J.P. Howell: Gives up home run in Dodgers' victory
J.P. Howell, RP, LAD
5/29/2016
News: Howell threw one inning, during which he gave up one run, in Saturday's victory over the Mets.

Saturday's game saw Howell's scoreless streak of 6.1 innings come to an end when he gave up his first home run of the season, bringing his ERA up to 5.51. This is concerning, as Howell is coming off a 2015 campaign that ended with a 1.43 ERA, marking his third straight season below the 2.40 mark. However, having given up three runs across 9.1 innings in the month of May, Howell is showing signs of improvement and could progress to his normal form as the season goes on.

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Christian Bergman
Rockies' Christian Bergman: Throws off flat ground Sunday
Christian Bergman, RP, COL
5/29/2016
News: Bergman (oblique) threw off flat ground Sunday, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

It's Bergman's first flat-ground activity since the Rockies placed him on the DL back on May 20, but there's still no timetable for the right-hander's return. Once he completes a couple of rehab outings to show that he's back to full health, Bergman will likely serve as a long man out of the Rockies' bullpen.

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Jim Johnson
Braves' Jim Johnson: Hopes to come off DL on Friday
Jim Johnson, RP, ATL
5/29/2016
News: Johnson (groin) is hoping to come off the disabled list in advance of Friday's game against the Dodgers, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

Johnson indicated his rehab is progressing as anticipated, and he's already tossed two innings during minor-league assignments. He plans to pitch in games Tuesday and Wednesday with Triple-A Gwinnett, and after resting Thursday, he could be available right away if he indeed rejoins the Braves on Friday.

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