Chih-Wei Hu
Rays' Chih-Wei Hu: Recalled from Triple-A
Chih-Wei Hu, RP, TB
8/23/2017
News: Hu was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Tigers needed 5.1 innings from their bullpen Wednesday, so Hu will provide a fresh relief arm ahead of Thursday's series finale. He's struck out nine and allowed just one earned run over eight major-league innings this season.

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Andrew Kittredge
Rays' Andrew Kittredge: Sent back to minors
Andrew Kittredge, RP, TB
8/23/2017
News: Kittredge was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

A roster spot is needed for Thursday's starter, Alex Cobb, so Kittredge will head back to the minors after firing 1.2 scoreless innings Wednesday. He's now allowed two runs with a 5:2 K:BB in five innings out of the big-league bullpen this season. Kittredge should be back as bullpen depth once roster expand in September.

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Chase Whitley
Rays' Chase Whitley: Optioned to minors
Chase Whitley, RP, TB
8/23/2017
News: Whitley was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Whitley tossed 1.2 innings of relief Wednesday -- allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two batters -- so the Rays will send him back to the minors in exchange for a fresh bullpen arm (Chih-Wei Hu). He owns a 3.35 ERA in 51 big-league innings this season, so he should be back up when rosters expand in September.

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Blaine Boyer
Red Sox's Blaine Boyer: Set to return Thursday
Blaine Boyer, RP, BOS
8/23/2017
News: Boyer (neck) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports.

Boyer pitched a scoreless inning in his only rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, and that was apparently enough for the Red Sox to feel comfortable bringing him off the DL. He compiled a 3.21 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 28 innings with the big club earlier in the season. When he returns, he'll likely return to pitching low-leverage innings out of the big-league bullpen.

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Sam Dyson
Giants' Sam Dyson: Collects 12th save
Sam Dyson, RP, SF
8/23/2017
News: Dyson allowed a solo home run but still recorded his 12th save of the season during Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

Dyson has now converted 12 of 13 save opportunities as a Giant this season, and he has only allowed three runs through 21 innings since emerging as the San Francisco closer. The strong stretch has his fantasy value on the rise. However, he still owns a 5.40 ERA for the year, so expectations should remain in check.

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Chad Bell
Tigers' Chad Bell: Sent back to minors Wednesday
Chad Bell, RP, DET
8/23/2017
News: Bell was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

Bell tossed four innings of relief Wednesday -- allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six -- so the Tigers will swap him out for a fresh bullpen arm (Zac Reininger). He should be back with the big club as bullpen depth when rosters expand at the beginning of September.

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Zach Britton
Orioles' Zach Britton: Going for MRI on Thursday
Zach Britton, RP, BAL
8/23/2017
News: Britton will undergo an MRI on his knee Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

It's been a tough day for Britton, who also saw his streak of 60 consecutive saves end after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while recording just one out. The issue has apparently been bothering him for the past couple years, and he doesn't think it's anything overly serious, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, but the Orioles will still play it safe and send the stud closer in for some tests. More should be known about his status following Thursday's tests.

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Troy Scribner
Angels' Troy Scribner: Recalled for Thursday start
Troy Scribner, RP, LAA
8/23/2017
News: Scribner has been recalled and will start Thursday's game against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

JC Ramirez (forearm) is on the DL and without a timetable to return, so Scribner will slot into that spot in the rotation, at least for one turn. Scribner has a 4.35 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 103.1 innings at Triple-A this season. He also has a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings in the big leagues, split between the bullpen and the rotation, but his 6.59 xFIP and 9:5 K:BB over that stretch isn't particularly encouraging.

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Ryan Madson
Nationals' Ryan Madson: Visiting specialist in Arizona
Ryan Madson, RP, WAS
8/23/2017
News: Madson (finger) is getting his sprained finger analyzed in Arizona, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Madson has been experiencing recurring pain in his finger, so the Nationals decided to send him to a specialist to figure out the severity of the issue and how to proceed with treatment. He's been sidelined since Aug. 17 due to the injury. More should be known once the results of his visit are disclosed.

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Trevor Rosenthal
Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal: Will undergo Tommy John surgery
Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
8/23/2017
News: Rosenthal will require Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports.

This is tough news for Rosenthal, as a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed he's dealing with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that will require surgery to repair. The good news is he's not dealing with a total UCL rupture, according to David Solomon of 550 KTRS, though his status for 2018 remains up in the air. Seung Hwan Oh should now be first in line for saves in St. Louis for the remainder of the season.

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