Dodgers' Paco Rodriguez starts light throwing
by Shawn Krest |
(7:56 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez has started a light throwing program, per SB Nation.

Rodriguez missed time with elbow tendinitis, then had surgery in late June to remove loose bodies from the elbow. No timetable has been given on his return, but an earlier estimate had Rodriguez returning in September. 

Mets activate Jon Niese; option Logan Verrett
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(6:34 pm ET) The Mets activated pitcher Jonathon Niese from the paternity list Tuesday, reports

To make room for Niese, the team optioned pitcher Logan Verrett to Triple-A. Verrett produced a 2.96 ERA over 21 1/3 innings this season.

Nationals RP Drew Storen moving to set-up role following trade
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:25 pm ET) With the Nationals reportedly set to acquire right-hander Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies, incumbent closer Drew Storen will be relegated to set-up duties, according to CBS Sports Baseball Inside Jon Heyman. 

Storen has had a terrific season so far as the Nationals' closer. He is 29-for-31 in save chances and has a 1.73 ERA this season. 

Still, the acquisition will give the Nationals a formidable back-end of the bullpen with a pair of stud closers at manager Matt Williams' disposal. 

Mets RP Jenrry Mejia suspended 162 games
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(6:24 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia was suspended 162 games for another positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Tuesday.

Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone. He had already served a previous 80-game suspension earlier this season. Mejia is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 7 1/3 innings this season.

Brewers activate SP Wily Peralta from DL; option RP David Goforth
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:18 pm ET) Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, and will start Tuesday's game against the Giants. Peralta hasn't pitched for the Brewers since leaving a May 22 start with an oblique injury.

He returns with a 1-5 record and a 4.00 ERA through his first nine starts of the season. 

In a corresponding move, the Brewers optioned right-hander David Goforth to Triple-A.

Nationals acquire Jonathan Papelbon from Phillies
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(6:17 pm ET) The Phillies traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals on Monday, confirmed Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Papelbon is 17 for 17 in save opportunities this season with a 1.59 ERA. Papelbon will take over closer duties for the Nationals with Drew Storen being used a setup man.

The Nationals will send pitcher Nick Pivetta to the Phillies, reports the New York Post. Pivetta has been pitching at Double-A.

Rockies recall trio of players from Triple-A on Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:28 pm ET) Following the recent trade of Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, the Rockies have shuffled their roster a bit on Tuesday. They have recalled infielder Christian Adames , right-hander Justin Miller and left-hander Aaron Laffey from Triple-A.

Adames has not appeared in the big leagues yet this season, but he owns a .296/.342/.416 slash line with 16 doubles and seven home runs in 86 games with Alburquerque. 

Miller made eight relief appearances for the Rockies earlier this season, posting a 1.29 ERA over seven innings of work. 

Laffey, an eight-year veteran, pitched 2 1/3 innings in a relief outing earlier this year. He is 2-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 58 1/3 innings with the Isotopes. 

D-Backs talking to Reds about closer Aroldis Chapman
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4:55 pm ET) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed Tuesday he has talked with the Reds about closer Aroldis Chapman, according to

"I'm going to go down that path and see where it takes us," Stewart said.

Stewart said he didn't know if a deal was likely to get done, but added he doesn't want to do anything that hurts the team in the future.

Yahoo Sports reported earlier Tuesday the two sides were discussing a deal, and the Diamondbacks were doing their due diligence about the lefty reliever.

Cubs recall Dallas Beeler; option Yoervis Medina
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4:50 pm ET) The Cubs recalled pitcher Dallas Beeler from Triple-A on Tuesday, reports Beeler has a 6.43 ERA in two starts this season.

To make room for Beeler, the Cubs optioned Yoervis Medina to the minor leagues. Medina produced a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings of work.

Braves place Manny Banuelos on DL; promote David Carpenter
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(2:40 pm ET) The Braves placed starting pitcher Manny Banuelos on the 15-day disabled list because of left elbow inflammation, while also promoting pitcher David Carpenter from Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced Tuesday.

Banuelos was scheduled to start on Wednesday.

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