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Angels activated C Max Stassi from the COVID-19 injured list.

May 23   5:32 PM

Stassi missed a couple weeks of action after testing positive for the virus. He has a .642 OPS with three homers in 19 games this season.

Angels activated RHP Archie Bradley from the 15-day injured list.

May 23   5:32 PM

Bradley has been on the shelf for the last month with an abdominal strain but made a rehab appearance with no issues. He'll return to a middle relief role.

Angels optioned C Chad Wallach to Triple-A Salt Lake.

May 23   5:32 PM

Wallach offered some catching depth while Max Stassi (COVID-19) was out, but he's no longer needed with Stassi back in the fold.

Angels optioned LHP Jose Suarez to Triple-A Salt Lake.

May 23   5:32 PM

Suarez has struggled to the tune of a 6.11 ERA over five appearances -- four starts -- this season. He'll try to get back on track as a member of Salt Lake's rotation.

Angels designated INF/OF Jose Rojas for assignment.

May 23   5:32 PM

Rojas had already been optioned earlier this month and now he's off the 40-man roster. He would seem to have a good chance of clearing waivers.

Cubs manager David Ross expressed confidence Monday that Willson Contreras (hamstring) would not need to go on the injured list.

May 23   5:32 PM

Contreras tweaked his hamstring Saturday and will miss a second straight start Monday, but it sounds like he should be back soon. He has an .840 OPS with five long balls this season.

Reds purchased the contract of OF Aristides Aquino from Triple-A Louisville.

May 23   5:16 PM

The Reds had to do some roster gymnastics with Aquino due to COVID protocols even though he's remained with the team the last few days. He'll get some starts against lefties.

Reds optioned OF TJ Friedl to Triple-A Louisville.

May 23   5:16 PM

Friedl had been getting regular run in center field and in the leadoff spot against righties lately but failed to produce. With Nick Senzel back, he wasn't going to be playing much anymore.

Reds placed RHP Connor Overton on the 60-day injured list.

May 23   5:16 PM

Overton will be shut down for 6-8 weeks after an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his lower back. He doesn't figure to make it back until well into the second half, if he makes it back at all this season.

Reds transferred INF Donovan Solano to the 60-day injured list.

May 23   5:16 PM

Solano is still working out and his timetable has not changed as a result of this move. It allows the Reds another 40-man roster spot.

Tests on Steven Matz's injured left shoulder showed no additional cause for concern.

May 23   5:00 PM

Matz was placed on the injured list earlier Monday with what was termed a left shoulder impingement, and it would appear that additional tests have cleared him of any structural damage. He's been prescribed rest for now and it will be determined at a later date whether he'll need an injection or something else.

JP Sears is likely to start for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Orioles.

May 23   4:44 PM

The club needs a spot starter after a doubleheader over the weekend. Sears has made two scoreless relief appearances for the Yanks this season and boasts a 0.83 ERA and 30/2 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yankees recalled INF/OF Miguel Andújar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

May 23   4:28 PM

Andújar is taking Josh Donaldson's (COVID-19) spot on the roster and could see some action while the latter is out. The 27-year-old is 2-for-5 at the plate during his brief time with the big club this season.

Byron Buxton is back in the Twins' starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Tigers.

May 23   4:12 PM

Buxton returns to center field and will lead off Monday evening after receiving a day off Sunday against the Royals. The 28-year-old fantasy superstar is hitting .228/.313/.604 with 24 runs scored, 11 home runs, 21 RBI and one stolen base in 115 plate appearances this season. He's still hitting for a ton of power this month, but is batting .189 (10-for-53) in 14 games since May 1.

Antonio Senzatela (back) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Albuquerque.

May 23   4:12 PM

Senzatela's back is reportedly feeling better and he's scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, he should rejoin the Rockies' starting rotation at some point in early June.

Cardinals recalled C Iván Herrera from Triple-A Memphis.

May 23   3:56 PM

Herrera has been summoned from the minors to provide the Cardinals with some emergency catching depth with veteran starter Yadier Molina heading to the bereavement list. The 21-year-old backstop will be making his debut if he gets into a game.

Orioles placed RHP Spenser Watkins on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow contusion.

May 23   3:56 PM

Watkins was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion after being hit by a comebacker during Sunday's start against the Rays. It doesn't sound like a serious concern and he should return at some point in early June.

Orioles optioned INF Tyler Nevin to Triple-A Norfolk.

May 23   3:56 PM

Nevin has been shipped back to the minors to allow the Orioles to bring up some additional bullpen depth ahead of Monday's series opener against the Yankees.

Orioles optioned RHP Michael Baumann to Triple-A Norfolk.

May 23   3:56 PM

The Orioles continue to shuttle relievers back-and-forth between the big-league roster and Triple-A Norfolk this season. Baumann heads back down to allow the team to bring up a couple fresh relievers after Sunday's extra-inning marathon against the Rays.

Orioles recalled RHP Beau Sulser from Triple-A Norfolk.

May 23   3:56 PM

Sulser was claimed off waivers from the Pirates earlier this month and will give the Orioles a fresh bullpen arm ahead of Monday's series opener against the Yankees.

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