Mariners' Steve Cishek: Still working through mechanical issues in rehab
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(4/23/2017) Cishek (hip) came out of Friday's abbreviated rehab stint without physical setbacks but is still dealing with straightening out his mechanics, Greg Johns of reports. "Cishek wasn't as sharp as he'd been previously," manager Scott Servais said. "He felt fine. I just think the release point, it wasn't coming out great. But nothing physical at all, it was more of a mechanical thing."

The 30-year-old reliever worked just two-thirds of an inning and gave up a single and two walks, so the short outing was a definite mixed bag. While the Mariners would like to have the former closer back in the fold as soon as possible, they want to see be effective in back-to-back outings before deeming him fit for a return. It's likely that Cishek will make another appearance for Triple-A Tacoma in the coming week and could potentially be ready to come off the disabled list upon the Mariners' return home on May 2. Servais has emphasized that neither Cishek's hip or shoulder have given him any trouble and that mechanics are the sole source of any struggles he's currently experiencing.

Astros' Luke Gregerson: Gets first win of season
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(4/23/2017) Gregerson (1-1) allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn his first win of the season in Sunday's 6-4 extra-inning win over the Rays.

Gregerson is still working to shave his ERA back to respectability following a six-run implosion two weeks ago. Since then, he's allowed two hits and a walk while striking out five over six scoreless innings.

Athletics' Andrew Triggs: Lacks feel for cutter Sunday
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(4/23/2017) Triggs said he didn't have the same feel for his cutter Sunday as he did in his first three starts, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports.

The regression monster came for Triggs on Sunday -- the M's touched him up for six runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He issued a bases-loaded walk and later served up a grand slam to Taylor Motter in the top of the third inning. Triggs hadn't allowed a run in his first three starts of the season (17.2 innings), with heavy usage of the cutter being an important part of that success. He will face another tough test next week in a road matchup against the Astros.

Astros' Ken Giles: Shuts down Rays to convert fifth save
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(4/23/2017) Giles allowed a hit and struck out a batter during a scoreless ninth inning to record his fifth save of the season during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

Giles got himself into trouble during a series against the Mariners earlier this season, but he's been excellent otherwise and has now strung together four scoreless appearances with three saves. Houston boasts a potent offensive attack and is currently sporting a 13-6 record, so Giles projects to continue receiving plenty of opportunities to pile up tallies in the saves column.

Twins' Nick Tepesch: Will be called up from Triple-A
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(4/23/2017) Tepesch is expected to be called up by the Twins in the coming days, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.

The current expectation is that Tepesch will join the big club at some point during Minnesota's upcoming series against the Rangers. Tepesch has been solid at Triple-A Rochester this season. Over three games (18 innings) he's compiled a 2.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and struck out 17 batters.

Twins' Buddy Boshers: Headed back to Triple-A
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(4/23/2017) Boshers was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.

Boshers was efficient in Sunday's game against the Tigers. He pitched 2.1 innings, during which he allowed no hits and walked just a single batter. However, he'll return to Rochester where he's given up three runs over 3.2 innings (five games) this season.

Brewers' Brent Suter: Headed to Triple-A
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(4/23/2017) Suter will be sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for Matt Garza's return from the disabled list, Adam McCalvy of of reports.

Suter had gotten off to a rough start in his four appearances for Milwaukee, posting a 5.68 ERA across 6.1 innings. He'll be a prime candidate to return to the Brewers' big-league roster in the case that one of their pitchers goes down with an injury.

Angels' Bud Norris: Picks up save Saturday
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(4/23/2017) Norris was called upon to close out Saturday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays, earning his first save of the season in the process.

The Angels' bullpen has been decimated by injuries early in the season, seeing all three of the closing candidates land on the disabled list. Norris was the first to step into a save situation after Cam Bedrosian's (groin) placement on the DL, and the veteran came through in the clutch, tossing a clean inning and nailing down his first career save. Bedrosian's injury isn't considered serious, so there may not be a huge window for saves if he only spends the minimum 10 days away from the team, but Norris appears to be the pickup in the interim for those hurting for saves.

White Sox's Jake Petricka: Having back evaluated
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(4/23/2017) Petricka is having his back examined in the coming days, Scott Merkin of reports.

After the results of Petricka's evaluation become available, it should be easier to have an understanding as to when his eventual return may be. Once he's back in full health, Petricka will provide the White Sox with an additional relief arm.

Angels' Brooks Pounders: Recalled from Triple-A
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(4/23/2017) Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.

Pounders worked as a swingman over his four appearances with Salt Lake this season, but the Angels figure to deploy exclusively in long relief while he's up with the big club. During his first taste of the majors in 2016 with the Royals, Pounders turned in a 9.24 ERA (7.96 FIP) while covering 12.2 innings out of the bullpen.

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