Rockies P John Axford (personal) may need longer medical leave
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(12:12 am ET) With Rockies pitcher John Axford's family medical emergency leave set to expire Sunday, manager Walt Weiss indicated Axford could need the leave extended beyond Sunday, reports

"That's something we have to deal with through the Commissioner's office if we felt it [an extension] is needed," Weiss said. "I'm still not sure on that yet."

Axford is on the family medical emergency leave after his son was bit by a rattle snake during spring training.

MRI reveals no structural damage to shoulder of Cubs P Neil Ramirez
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/17/2015) An MRI showed Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez has inflammation behind his right throwing shoulder, but no structural damage, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"That was a relief to me and to the organization," Cubs President Theo Epstein said. "So he is going to take it slow and get back to full strength, then come back."

Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list in order to rest the shoulder.

Cardinals RP Kevin Siegrist earns first save of season Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist entered the eighth inning of Friday's win over the Reds with a 4-1 lead.

Siegrist pitched a scoreless eighth inning before the Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Siegrist remained in the game for the ninth inning and he was able to record the last three outs to earn his first save of the season.

In four appearances this season, Siegrist has yet to surrender a run over 2 1/3 innings.

Braves RP Jason Grilli picks up fifth save of season Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/17/2015) Braves pitcher Jason Grilli earned his fifth save of the season during a 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Grilli came in during the ninth inning with a one run lead and got the first two outs, but he then walked Edwin Encarnacion. He was then able to get Dioner Navarro to ground out to end the game.

Grilli is now a perfect five for five on save opportunities this season with a 1.80 ERA.

Pirates RP Mark Melancon picks up save Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/17/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon only needed one out to pick up his first save of the season during Friday's 6-3 win over the Brewers.

After Antonio Bastardo allowed two hits and a run in the ninth inning, Melancon relieved him to record last the out of the game.

Mets RP Jeurys Familia picks up fifth save of season Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/17/2015) Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia earned his fifth save of the season during Friday's 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Familia struck out the first two batters of the ninth inning, before surrendering a hit, but he was able to earn the save without surrendering a run. Familia is a perfect five for five on save opportunities this season.

Nationals P Felipe Rivero strikes out 2 in MLB debut
by Jason Butt |
(4/17/2015) Making his major-league debut, Nationals reliever Felipe Rivero struck out two batters in the ninth inning of Friday night's 7-2 win over the Phillies. 

With the game in hand, Rivero entered the game in a no-pressure situation. He did allow three hits and an earned run, which was scored via a Ryan Howard RBI single. His fastball was clocking in the mid-90s, which helped him strike out Cody Asche and Darin Ruf. 

Dodgers recall P Adam Liberatore
by Jason Butt |
(4/17/2015) The Dodgers recalled pitcher Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, the team announced.

Liberatore will be available for Friday's game against the Rockies. Prior to Opening Day, he was optioned to the minors. During spring training, Liberatore threw 10 1/3 innings and didn't allow one run. 

Padres closer Craig Kimbrel turns lights out Friday on Cubs
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/17/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel has not missed a beat since the surprising trade that sent him packing from Atlanta right before the start of the regular season.

He continued mowing them down Friday afternoon against the host Cubs. Kimbrel retired the first two batters before allowing a single to Dexter Fowler. With slugger Anthony Rizzo looming on deck, he enduced Jorge Soler to ground out to nail down his fourth save in his last four appearances.

Kimbrel has yet to surrender a run this year.

Mets' Terry Collins: Vic Black could return within a week
by Igor Mello |
(4/17/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that relief pitcher Vic Black may return within a week, according to ESPN.

Black has been sidelined since mid-March in spring training with a shoulder injury. He has allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two in two innings of relief in a minor-league rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie.

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