Daniel Hudson
Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson: Picks up fourth hold on Thursday
Daniel Hudson, RP, ARI
12:25 PM
News: Hudson picked up his fourth hold of the season in Thursday's win over St. Louis.

Hudson lowered his ERA to 0.84 by pitching a scoreless inning with one strikeout. The righty has entrenched himself as Arizona's eighth inning guy, and figures to be a good source of holds the rest of the way. Of course, he'd also be the obvious choice to step in at closer if anything happened to incumbent Brad Ziegler.

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Dalier Hinojosa
Phillies' Dalier Hinojosa: Leaves Thursday's game after being hit on hand
Dalier Hinojosa, RP, PHI
4:51 AM
News: Hinojosa left Thursday's game after taking a comebacker off his pitching hand, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports.

X-rays on Hinojosa's hand came back negative. He is considered day-to-day.

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A.J. Ramos
Marlins' A.J. Ramos: Allows run, but converts save
A.J. Ramos, RP, MIA
12:21 AM
News: Ramos notched his sixth save of the year Thursday despite allowing a run on two hits against the Dodgers. He struck out two.

It took Ramos more than three weeks into the season to finally give up his first run, which he did by giving up consecutive singles and a run-scoring wild pitch to open the ninth inning. Fortunately, he had a three-run lead to work with and was able to stop the bleeding immediately, getting the next three batters in order. His job's secure at the head of the Miami bullpen, but with Ramos having pitched four of the last five days, manager Don Mattingly may want to treat him with care.

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Brad Ziegler
Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler: Puts two men on, but converts save
Brad Ziegler, RP, ARI
4/28/2016
News: Ziegler walked a batter and allowed a hit, but nailed down his fifth save of the year with a scoreless ninth against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Although Ziegler has a sparkling 0.82 ERA, he also has a rather unappetizing 1.55 WHIP, and eventually his luck's going to balance out. It's worth noting that he's sitting on a career-best 7.36 K/9, a huge leap from last year's miserable 4.76 mark, but Ziegler's walks are up as well. Still, it's early and these may be little more than small-sample-size blips on the way to yet another solid campaign from Arizona's closer.

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Jeanmar Gomez
Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez: Remains perfect with seventh save
Jeanmar Gomez, RP, PHI
4/28/2016
News: Gomez gave up a single while capturing his seventh save of the season in Thursday's 3-0 win against the Nationals.

Manager Pete Mackanin was reluctant to call Gomez his closer at the beginning of the season, but there's no doubt about it now. Gomez is off to an incredible start as he remained a perfect seven-for-seven with his latest close. Entering the year, the righty had one save in his six-year career, but now appears to be one of the more reliable ninth-inning arms in the game (at least for now). Considering the Phillies are unlikely to win games by large margins, Gomez could see plenty of opportunities to rack up saves and be one of the great surprises in 2016.

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Jason Motte
Rockies' Jason Motte: Throws bullpen session Tuesday
Jason Motte, RP, COL
4/28/2016
News: Motte (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday at extended spring training, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Motte has been sidelined since the end of spring training with the ailment, but he appears to be making good progress in his rehab process. There's still no timetable for his return, but that should come as he progresses to pitching live batting practice and throwing in a rehab assignment.

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Jake Barrett
Diamondbacks' Jake Barrett: Recalled from Triple-A on Thursday
Jake Barrett, RP, ARI
4/28/2016
News: Barrett was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

Barrett was solid earlier in the season with Arizona, allowing only three runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched. After Dominic Leone's struggles got him optioned to Triple-A on Wednesday, Barrett will slot back into the Diamondbacks bullpen to replace him. He'll likely be used in lower-leverage situations, but he could stick with the major league club for a longer period of time if he continues to find success against major league hitters.

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Miguel Castro
Rockies' Miguel Castro: Throws 25 pitches off flat ground Wednesday
Miguel Castro, RP, COL
4/28/2016
News: Castro (shoulder) threw 25 pitches off flat ground Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Castro was nervous about throwing at first, but once he got through the session, he said that he felt good and that his shoulder is feeling better. The right-hander is able to come off the disabled list Monday, and he could meet this goal if he continues to feel well while ramping up his throwing program during his recovery.

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Cory Gearrin
Giants' Cory Gearrin: Throws another clean outing Wednesday
Cory Gearrin, RP, SF
4/28/2016
News: Gearrin didn't allow a hit while walking one and striking out two in 1.1 innings of work Wednesday.

In a game where the Giants' bullpen surrendered four runs, Gearrin was the clear standout. Through 10.1 innings he has posted a 2.61 ERA with two holds. If the rest of San Francisco's middle relievers continue to struggle, then Gearrin should gain manager Bruce Bochy's trust to be used in in the later innings while Sergio Romo (elbow) and George Kontos (elbow) are sidelined.

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Nick Travieso
Reds' Nick Travieso: Back in action at Double-A
Nick Travieso, RP, CIN
4/28/2016
News: Travieso (groin) allowed two earned runs over four innings in his last start with Double-A Pensacola.

Travieso went 12 days between starts due to a groin injury that landed him on the minor league disabled list, but he is back in action for Pensacola. Travieso is off to a good start this year, posting a 2.63 ERA and striking out 13 batters in 13.2 innings over three starts.

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