Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez earns sixth save of season Wednesday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:30 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez earned his sixth save of the season when he closed the door on a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

During the ninth inning, Rodriguez allowed one hit and struck two in route to a scoreless inning. He now has a 1.64 ERA.


Braves' Jason Grilli allows run, earns ninth save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:55 pm ET) Braves closer Jason Grilli gave up one earned run on two hits and one walk Wednesday but was able to record two strikeouts and preserve his team's lead to earn his ninth save in Atlanta's 7-5 win over Philadelphia.

Grilli opened the inning by allowing a single to left field, but he was able to get two quick outs to put the Phillies on the brink of a loss. They responded with a walk and a single to bring the potential winning run to the plate, but the closer was able to strike the batter out to end the game. Grilli owns a 4.50 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


Rays' Brad Boxberger earns seventh save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:45 pm ET) Rays closer Brad Boxberger picked up his seventh save Wednesday, giving up one hit and one walk but holding the Red Sox scoreless while striking out one to finish off his team's 7-5 win.

Boxberger has labored through his last few appearances; after needing 26 pitches and 19 pitches in his last two outings, he took 20 pitches to get three outs Wednesday. However, he didn't allow a run in any of those three outings, and even delivered a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts in his previous game. Boxberger wasn't as good Wednesday, but he still managed to grab his seventh save. He owns a 1.59 ERA and 17:6 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.


Reds' Aroldis Chapman earns sixth save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:59 pm ET) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman picked up his sixth save Wednesday, giving up one hit in an inning of work in his team's 3-0 win over the Pirates.

Chapman failed to record a strikeout in an appearance for the first time since April 12 in Wednesday's win, but he was still able to slam the door to preserve the shutout. He has yet to surrender a run in 12 2/3 innings while racking up 22 strikeouts.


White Sox P Nate Jones (elbow) to throw this week
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:23 pm ET) Though he's not expected to return for game action until the middle of the season, White Sox pitcher Nate Jones (elbow) will throw for his coaches this week, according to ESPN.com

"I was telling somebody earlier it's like I'm finally seeing a little bit of the light," Jones said. "I'm trying not to get too far ahead of myself, but I've been throwing off the mound without pain and that's a huge accomplishment from last year."

Jones suffered an elbow injury a year ago which required Tommy John surgery. He's still about two months away from coming back. 


Mariners P Tom Wilhelmsen participates in simulated game
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:19 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen threw 25 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday, according to MLB.com. 

Wilhelmsen has been on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended elbow. This is a positive sign for Wilhelmsen, who will still need a minor-league assignment before re-joining the Mariners. 

“It was good to see batters and how my stuff looks with a batter in there from both sides,” Wilhelmsen said. “I felt free and easy today. I threw all my pitches and everything felt good. We’ll figure out the next step a little later.”


Padres to start pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne on Thursday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:00 pm ET) With pitcher Brandon Morrow on the disabled list, the Padres will turn to long reliever Odrisamer Despaigne for Thursday's start agasint the Diamondbacks, reports MLB.com.

It is Despaigne's first start since April 20. In 21 1/3 innings, Despaigne has gone 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA.


A's P Sean Doolittle (shoulder) to face hitters on Friday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:44 pm ET) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is scheduled to face live hitters on Friday, according to the Bay Area News Group. 

Doolittle will throw to batters before Friday's game against the Mariners. He's recovering from a left rotator cuff injury. He's expected to return to the Athletics' bullpen sometime during the month of May. 


Tigers minor-leaguer Luke Putkonen goes on disabled list
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:08 pm ET) The Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate, placed pitcher Luke Putkonen on the disabled list, according to the Toledo Blade

Putkonen has been dealing with an elbow injury and there is no timetable for his return. Replacing Putkonen on the Mud Hens' roster will be right-handed pitcher Ryan Perry , who was promoted from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. 


Twins P Casey Fien hopes to begin throwing program Thursday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Twins pitcher Casey Fien said he is hoping to be cleared to begin a throwing program Thursday, reports the Star Tribune.

Fien is on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain, but he said he's been pain free the last two days.


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