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Tyler Olson (illness) has been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment.
Aug 20   9:28 PM

Olson had made two appearances on the farm but "his body hasn’t been bouncing back well" after those outings, per Mandy Bell of MLB.com. The lefty reliever landed on the IL on August 2 due to a non-baseball medical condition and there is currently no timetable for his return.

Elieser Hernandez left his start Tuesday night against the Braves due to a blister on his right middle finger.
Aug 20   9:12 PM

Hernandez had thrown four innings of one-run ball in Atlanta before getting replaced on the mound by Tyler Kinley. It's unclear whether this will affect Hernandez's next scheduled turn in the Marlins' rotation.

Edinson Volquez (elbow) threw a 1-2-3 rehab inning on Tuesday at Double-A Frisco.
Aug 20   8:40 PM

It was the fifth total rehab appearance for Volquez, who has been on the shelf since early April with a right elbow sprain. The veteran should be able to return to the Rangers later this month as a long relief option.

Brian McCann was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Marlins due to left knee soreness.
Aug 20   8:24 PM

Tyler Flowers took over at catcher for the Braves in the top of the fourth inning, McCann flied out in his lone plate appearance before departing. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Chris Archer was lifted from his start Tuesday night against the Nationals due to an apparent injury.
Aug 20   8:08 PM

Archer managed a scoreless first inning, but one of his warmup throws before the top of the second sailed high on catcher Jacob Stallings and the right-hander left the mound after a chat with manager Clint Hurdle and a trainer. There should be an update soon from PNC Park.

Steven Duggar will not require surgery on his left shoulder.
Aug 20   7:52 PM

Duggar was placed on the injured list on August 8 with an AC joint sprain. He paid a visit this weekend to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who recommended 4-6 weeks of rest and rehab rather than a surgical procedure. Duggar is probably done for the remainder of the 2019 season, but the young outfielder should be 100 percent leading into the start of spring training next year.

Alex Verdugo is still feeling "something" in his right oblique.
Aug 20   7:52 PM

This news probably rules him out from returning before the end of August. Verdugo landed on the injured list two weeks ago and is currently in recovery mode at the Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona.

Blue Jays optioned RHP Thomas Pannone to Triple-A Buffalo.
Aug 20   7:19 PM

Pannone has been working in long relief for Toronto over the last couple of weeks, to mixed results. He holds a 6.44 ERA and 62/28 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 total innings this season at the major league level.

Blue Jays recalled INF Richard Urena from Triple-A Buffalo.
Aug 20   7:19 PM

Urena batted just .250/.268/.325 in 43 plate appearances earlier this season with the Blue Jays, but they wanted to add an extra position player ahead of their three-game interleague series at Dodger Stadium.

Rich Hill (elbow) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session later this week.
Aug 20   7:19 PM

Hill has been on the injured list since the middle of June because of a strained flexor tendon in his left arm. The veteran southpaw is aiming to return to the Dodgers in some capacity in September, though he still has a lot of hurdles to clear and time is running out. Minor league seasons will soon come to an end, so he probably won't be able to do a traditional rehab assignment.

Rangers optioned RHP Phillips Valdez to Triple-A Nashville.
Aug 20   7:03 PM

Valdez worked 3 1/3 innings of relief in the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels, and the Rangers will call up a fresh arm for the nightcap.

Rangers optioned RHP Ian Gibaut to Triple-A Nashville.
Aug 20   7:03 PM

Gibaut tossed two scoreless innings of relief in the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels. Texas is making a line change of sorts in the bullpen ahead of the nightcap.

Rangers recalled LHP Brock Burke from Triple-A Nashville.
Aug 20   7:03 PM

Burke will make his major league debut in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels. The 22-year-old is probably going to be sent right back down after the outing and is not worth fantasy consideration.

Rangers recalled RHP Jonathan Hernandez from Double-A Frisco.
Aug 20   7:03 PM

Hernandez will be available in long relief for the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels. The 23-year-old right-hander was sporting a 5.16 ERA and 95/38 K/BB ratio through 96 innings this season at the Double-A level.

Cubs optioned OF Mark Zagunis to Triple-A Iowa.
Aug 20   7:03 PM

Zagunis served as the 26th man for the Cubs in Sunday's game against the Pirates in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He has batted .250/.325/.333 in 30 games this season at the major league level.

Hunter Strickland has a broken nose but will be available out of the Nationals' bullpen Tuesday versus the Pirates.
Aug 20   7:03 PM

Strickland suffered the injury in a weightlifting accident on Tuesday afternoon in Pittsburgh. He has been cleared to pitch through the injury and may be first in line for saves right now in the Nationals' bullpen with Sean Doolittle (knee) sitting on the injured list.

Joe Palumbo (blister) will be placed on the Triple-A injured list.
Aug 20   7:03 PM

Palumbo suffered a blister in a spot start Tuesday afternoon against the Angels, but he was up as the 26th man for the Rangers and so they can place him on the minor league IL rather than the major league IL.

Ben Zobrist (personal) is scheduled to play in games with Triple-A Iowa this weekend.
Aug 20   6:45 PM

Zobrist has been spending most weekdays being a dad at home in Tennessee as he works through a very public divorce from his ex-wife Julianna. The veteran utilityman is expected to return to the Cubs' active roster around the beginning of September.

Royals signed LHP Jacob Brentz to a minor league contract.
Aug 20   6:45 PM

Brentz was recently cut loose by the Pirates after posting a 4.37 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 54/26 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings of relief this season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. The 24-year-old left-hander has been assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Pablo Sandoval will have his injured right elbow examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Aug 20   6:45 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team is confident Sandoval has no ligament damage, but the veteran third baseman does have loose bodies in his right elbow and is probably going to undergo surgery at some point soon. Sandoval had registered a strong .823 OPS with 14 home runs through 107 games this season with San Francisco.

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