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Braves recalled RHP Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Wisler, of course, is a starter by trade, but he'll be used in long relief for now. He held a 3.50 ERA in his first three starts for Gwinnett.

Braves optioned RHP Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Blair was only up for a couple days and didn't appear in a game. He'll return to Gwinnett's rotation.

Reds optioned RHP Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville.

Bonilla allowed four runs over five relief innings Saturday, so the Reds needed a fresh bullpen arm. His spot will be taken by Ariel Hernandez.

Reds recalled RHP Ariel Hernandez from Double-A Pensacola.

The club needed relief help after Cody Reed lasted just two innings in his start Saturday. Hernandez earned a promotion after allowing just one run while striking out 14 over his first eight relief innings for Pensacola. He'll be making his major league debut.

Tigers purchased the contract of OF Jim Adduci from Triple-A Toledo.

Adduci, who turns 32 in a few weeks, was off to a .349/.375/.488 start at Toledo after spending the last two seasons in Korea. He's starting in right field Sunday.

Dodgers recalled LHP Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Liberatore didn't win an Opening Day roster spot despite some nice work for the Dodgers last season, but he's back up after allowing just one run in his first six relief appearances at Oklahoma City. He'll be used as a lefty specialist.

Dodgers optioned OF Brett Eibner to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Eibner was only up for a few days, picking up one hit in five at-bats. The club has elected to add another reliever in Adam Liberatore.

Angels recalled RHP Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Pounders posted a 1.64 ERA early on for Salt Lake. He'll be used in long relief.

Angels designated RHP Kirby Yates for assignment.

Yates allowed two runs over one inning of work in his lone appearance Saturday. He was already designated for assignment once earlier this month, which means he can declare free agency if he wants.

Twins recalled 1B/DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

Vargas was batting .227 with two home runs in the early going with Rochester. He doesn't figure to see much playing time with Robbie Grossman faring so well in the designated hitter spot.

Twins recalled LHP Buddy Boshers from Triple-A Rochester.

Boshers had a nice 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 relief innings for the Twins last season. He'll be used as a lefty specialist.

Twins optioned LHP Buddy Boshers to Triple-A Rochester

The 28-year-old pitched well against the Tigers on Sunday, hurling 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, but because of that he wouldn't be available the next few days. The Twins won't announce a corresponding roster move until Monday.

Brewers sent OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The 29-year-old was waived earlier this week after slashing a putrid .080/.233/.240 in his first 30 plate appearances. It's a bit surprising that no other teams were willing to take a shot on him, as at least the Pirates had been rumored to have some level of interest. He'll continue to function as minor league outfield depth for the Brewers.

Brewers optioned LHP Brent Suter to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Brewers had to clear a roster spot for Matt Garza who is returning from the disabled list to start on Monday and Suter was the odd-man out. He tossed a scoreless inning in relief on Sunday and compiled a 4.91 ERA and 5/4 K/BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings with the big league club. He'll get another opportunity with the Brewers this season.

Athletics transferred RHP Chris Bassitt from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan LaMarre. Bassitt is looking at a midseason return from Tommy John surgery.

Athletics acquired OF Ryan LaMarre from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations.

LaMarre has been designated for assignment. The 28-year-old has struggled in his brief time in the majors the last two seasons, but the A's need outfield depth an LaMarre can play all three spots.

Padres optioned RHP Zach Lee to Triple-A El Paso.

Lee was surprisingly effective in a spot start in Colorado earlier this month but was then roughed up in two relief outings. He'll rejoin El Paso's rotation.

Padres activated RHP Luis Perdomo from the 10-day disabled list.

Perdomo will start Sunday versus the Marlins. He had been nursing some shoulder inflammation.

Mariners recalled RHP Chris Heston from Triple-A Tacoma.

Heston posted a 3.18 ERA in his first three starts for Tacoma. He'll work in long relief in Seattle.

Mariners recalled 1B Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma.

Vogelbach should immediately become a regular at first base against right-handers given Danny Valencia's struggles. The rotund first baseman struggled in his brief audition with the Mariners last season and also in spring training, but he was off to a .309/.409/.473 start at Tacoma and has offered power and good plate discipline consistently in the minors. He's worth a look in deeper fantasy formats.

Mariners optioned RHP Chase De Jong to Triple-A Tacoma.

De Jon tossed four scoreless relief innings Saturday, but the Mariners needed a fresh arm. That arm will belong to Chris Heston.

Mariners designated OF Leonys Martin for assignment.

Martin was off to a brutal .111/.172/.130 start this season, but it's a surprise that the Mariners are cutting him loose given his plus defense and ability to steal bases and offer a little pop when he's right. He could clear waivers given his $4.85 million salary, but Martin won't be out of a job long. The Tigers are an obvious fit. Jarrod Dyson will slide over to handle center field now, with the Mariners likely going with a combination of Guillermo Heredia, Taylor Motter and Danny Valencia in left.

Rays recalled RHP Chih-Wei Hu from Triple-A Durham.

Acquired from the Twins in 2015 in the Kevin Jepsen trade, Hu has posted a 3.94 ERA in the early going at Durham this season. He'll be a long relief option and will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.

Rays placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain.

Hunter suffered the injury while covering first base on Saturday. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined.

Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the paternity leave list.

Strasburg will leave to be with his wife Rachel for the birth of the couple's second child. He's scheduled to start against the Rockies in Colorado on Tuesday, but it's likely he'll have that start pushed back until the weekend.

Nationals sent INF/OF Grant Green outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

The versatile utility man was designated for assignment on Friday. He'll continue to function as organizational depth in the minors and should get another opportunity with the Nationals later in the season.


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