Charlie Leesman released by White Sox
by Chris Towers |
(1:03 pm ET) The White Sox have released pitcher Charlie Leesman, shortly after designating him for assignment. Leesman posted a 4.10 ERA in 66 2/3 innings at Triple-A Charlotte this season.  

Paco Rodriguez expected back after roster expansion
by Chris Towers |
(12:00 pm ET) Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez, on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle, has been limited to less than max effort throwing so far as he continues to recover. According to the Orange County Register, he is not expected to return to the majors before Sept. 1 roster expansion. 

Chris Perez does not expect to be 100 percent
by Chris Towers |
(11:51 am ET) Though he expects to be in the majors when rosters expand Sept. 1, Dodgers reliever Chris Perez admitted to the Orange County Register Friday his ankle is still not 100-percent healthy.

"It's serviceable," Perez said. "I feel good. I'm still trying to build up the strength in it."

Perez has a 5.03 ERA in the majors this season, and is trying to work his way back from bone spurs in his ankle. He does not expect to undergo surgery to remove them, so he will have to manage the pain. He is currently on a rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he will make one more appearance next Friday. 

Brian Schlitter begins rookie-level rehab
by Chris Towers |
(9:36 am ET) Cubs pitcher Brian Schlitter began his rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for the Arizona League Cubs Thursday, as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury. Schlitter has been out since Aug. 10 due to inflammation in his shoulder, and it is not clear when he is expected back. 

Blake Parker shuttled back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers |
(9:32 am ET) Cubs pitcher Blake Parker was sent right back down to Triple-A Iowa following the conclusion of the team's doubleheader, for which he served as the 26th man.

Parker appeared in Thursday's game, allowing two hits and striking out two batters over one scoreless inning of relief. It lowered his season ERA to 6.08 in 13 1/3 innings. 

Kenley Jansen slams door shut on Padres
by Igor Mello |
(1:07 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out two and worked past a walk in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Thursday night at home against the Padres. Jansen has converted 36 of 40 save chances, with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of relief.

Santiago Casilla closes out Cubs
by Igor Mello |
(12:47 am ET) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla struck out two and worked past a hit for the save Thursday night against the Cubs. He needed only 15 pitches to complete a scoreless inning. He has converted 11 of 14 save chances, with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 45 1/3 innings of relief.

Stolmy Pimentel tosses scoreless inning on rehab
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel tosssed a scoreless inning during a rehab start Thursday.

Pimental got the start for the Double-A club in Altoona. He threw a perfect inning, picking up one strikeout. Pimental threw nine pitches, seven of which were strikes. 

Aroldis Chapman makes an appearance during blowout
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman made an appearance during a blowout Thursday.

With his team trailing 8-0, Chapman entered the game in the eighth inning. He was his usual self, striking out two hitters and getting Chris Johnson to flyout. Chapman had not pitching in a few days due to shoulder soreness. He was replaced by Skip Schumaker in the ninth inning. 

Jason Grilli picks up first save with new club
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Angels pitcher Jason Grilli picked up his first save since joining the club Thursday.

Grilli entered with a two-run lead, and slammed the door shut. He struck out the first batter he faced, and induced a flyout and a groundout to end the game. Huston Street was unavailable after pitching the past two days. It was Grilli's 12th save of the season, and first since becoming a member of the Angels. 

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