Royals' Luke Hochevar: Day to day with sore elbow
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(8:03 am ET) Hochevar was unavailable Sunday due to "elbow tightness," the Kansas City Star reports. "It's more precaution than anything else," manager Ned Yost said. "We want to make sure we don't do anything rash."

Hochevar had an issue with his elbow after Friday's outing where he walked two batters. He'll likely be out the next few days to give his elbow time to rest. Hochevar has been outstanding this season with a 2.61 ERA and an 11:3 K:BB ratio in 10.3 innings.

Braves' Jason Grilli: Picks up second save Sunday
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(7:47 am ET) Grilli worked a scoreless 10th inning Sunday, walking one and striking out one, to pick up his second save of the season.

The Braves actually had a lead in the ninth for once but Arodys Vizcaino couldn't nail things down, allowing Grilli to do the honors instead when Atlanta re-took the lead in the top of the 10th. The veteran right-hander threw just nine of his 19 pitches for strikes and has a 6.00 ERA, 2.11 WHIP and 10:9 K:BB in nine innings on the season, though, so he isn't about to supplant Vizcaino in the closer role any time soon.

Red Sox's Carson Smith: Tuesday activation expected
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(6:47 am ET) Smith (forearm) is expected to be activated for Tuesday's game against the White Sox, the Boston Globe reports.

Smith has met all his targets while on rehab and is ready to help the major league bullpen. Boston cleared the deck for his return when it optioned Marco Hernandez to Triple-A Pawtucket. Smith is expected to work in a seventh or eighth inning role.

Phillies' Hector Neris: Records first save
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(4:37 am ET) Neris recorded the first save of his career in Sunday's win over the Indians.

Neris allowed one run on a solo homer, but didn't allow another base runner in his inning of work. He was used to close out the game because Jeanmar Gomez had been used four times in the last five days. It looks like Neris is next in line for the closing gig if Gomez falters.

Orioles' Vance Worley: Scoreless relief effort Sunday
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(5/1/2016) Worley threw 3.1 shutout innings while relieving Ubaldo Jimenez Sunday, allowing four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Worley has not been scored upon un any of his four appearances out of the bullpen spanning seven innings. Performances like Sunday's might keep Worley's name in the mix if another starter gets hurt.

Royals' Wade Davis: Earns save with another scoreless inning
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(5/1/2016) Davis worked around a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn his eighth save of the season Sunday versus Seattle.

Davis has been lights out this season, as he has still yet to be scored on in 10 outings and is remains perfect in save opportunities. Davis was projected to be one of fantasy's top relief pitchers this year despite never spending an entire season as a primary closer, and he has lived up to the billing in the early going.

Rockies' Jake McGee: Locks down save versus Arizona
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(5/1/2016) McGee earned a save for the second straight game Sunday, working around a hit and a walk with one strikeout in a solitary scoreless frame.

The left has responded nicely since a five-run meltdown last week, tossing three straight scoreless frames and picking up a pair of saves in the process. McGee still owns an unsightly 6.23 ERA, but he is 5-for-6 in save situations and should continue to see his fair share of opportunities as the Rockies' top late-inning option.

Tigers' Francisco Rodriguez: Collects seventh save Sunday
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(5/1/2016) Rodriguez earned his seventh save with a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit Sunday at the Twins.

Rodriguez was given a one-run lead, and after retiring the first two batters, he allowed a double to Miguel Sano, who was thrown out trying to reach third base to end the game. After blowing a save in his first outing, he's now successfully converted his last seven save opportunities.

Reds' Tim Adleman: Quality start in debut Sunday
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(5/1/2016) Adleman allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings, but received no decision Sunday at the Pirates.

Adleman pitched four shutout innings and had a lead when he left the game, but the bullpen promptly gave the lead away in a game the Reds would eventually win. The 28-year-old righty was making his career debut, and he made his mark with a quality start. He'll make his next start Friday against the Brewers.

Blue Jays' Ben Rowen: e
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(5/1/2016) Rowen allowed one hit and no runs in one inning during Saturday's loss to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Despite being limited to one inning, Rowen's most recent performance was a step in the right direction. Rowen entered Saturday's game with a 5.79 ERA, which is particularly surprising after ending the 2015 Triple-A season with a 1.95 ERA. In addition to his high ERA, Rowen is carrying an opponent batting average of .314 and 4.46 BB/9. Toronto currently has one of the MLB's worst bullpens, but Rowen will need to get back to his 2015 form before being considered as a solution.

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