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Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Carlos Martinez received an 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.


May 27   5:28 PM

No word on exactly what the substance was that Martinez tested positive for. He was released by the Red Sox last week after signing a minor league deal earlier in the month. Still just 30-years-old, it's possible that Martinez could come back from this next season, but it would have to once again be on a minor league deal from a club willing to take a chance on the former two-time National League All-Star.


Byron Buxton is not in the Twins starting lineup for Friday night's battle against the Royals.


May 27   5:28 PM

It's another maintenance day for the oft-injured outfielder as the Twins attempt to keep him healthy for the duration of the season. Nick Gordon will start in his place in center field and bat eighth against Brad Keller and the Royals.


Phillies optioned LHP Jose Alvarado to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


May 27   5:28 PM

The Phillies needed to clear a spot to call up Bailey Falter to start on Friday and it looks like Alvarado drew the short straw in the Phillies bullpen this time around. The 27-year-old holds a gruesome 7.62 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 17/10 K/BB ratio over 13 innings on the season. Perhaps he'll be able to right the ship at Triple-A.


Phillies recalled LHP Bailey Falter from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


May 27   5:28 PM

The 25-year-old southpaw pitched well in one spot start for the Phillies already this season, allowing one run over 4 2/3 innings against the Mariners. Falter has not allowed a run while posting a 0.39 WHIP and 17/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings in Triple-A this season.


Chris Sale (rib) threw around 25 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Friday.


May 27   5:10 PM

Sale is now expected to be cleared to face live hitters and will likely do so three times next week before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. As long as he avoids any setbacks along the way, he should be ready to return to the Red Sox starting rotation before the end of June.


Yankees transferred RHP Chad Green to the 60-day injured list.


May 27   4:31 PM

Nothing has changed in the prognosis for Green, who is set to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, this was merely done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the team's 40-man roster.


Yoan Lopez will serve his one-game suspension on Friday night against the Phillies.


May 27   4:31 PM

Lopez appealed the three-game suspension that he received for intentionally throwing at Kyle Schwarber at the beginning of May, and got his sentence reduced to just one game. He's expected to then join the Mets bullpen on Saturday.


Joey Votto is not in the Reds starting lineup for Friday night's showdown against Carlos Rodon and the Giants.


May 27   4:31 PM

It looks like just a routine day of rest for the hot-hitting Votto against a tough opposing southpaw. Mike Moustakas will slide over and start at first base in his absence while Tommy Pham functions as the team's designated hitter. Even with his recent hot streak, Votto is still hitting just .156/.314/.271 with two homers and nine RBI in 29 games this season.


DJ LeMahieu was held out of the Yankees lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Friday.


May 27   4:31 PM

LeMahieu is still recovering from discomfort in his left wrist. He received a cortisone shot earlier in the week and is still expected to return at some point over the weekend. The 33-year-old is hitting .250/.329/.375 with three homers, 17 RBI and one stolen base in 39 games this season.


Rockies activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the COVID-19 injured list.


May 27   4:13 PM

Stephenson only missed a few days this time while on the COVID-19 injured list for the second time. He holds a 4.35 ERA and 9/6 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 frames this season.


Rockies optioned RHP Justin Lawrence to Triple-A Albuquerque.


May 27   4:13 PM

Lawrence has fanned 20 in 14 2/3 innings this season, but he's also walked 12 and has a 5.52 ERA. He'll get another chance eventually.


Yankees transferred 3B Josh Donaldson to the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 24, with right shoulder inflammation.


May 27   4:13 PM

Donaldson had been on the COVID-19 injured list. Now he'll miss at least another week's worth of games while tending to a shoulder injury. In 37 games this season, Donaldson is hitting .238/.349/.415 with five homers, 15 RBI and a 36/20 K/BB ratio. Marwin Gonzalez has been filling it at third base in his absence and should continue to do so.


Mets placed OF Travis Jankowski on the 10-day injured list with a fourth metacarpal fracture on his left hand.


May 27   3:57 PM

Jankowski underwent surgery on Friday to repair the injury. The Mets didn't reveal a timetable for the outfielder's return, but obviously it's going to be a long while.


Mets recalled RHP Yoan Lopez from Triple-A Buffalo.


May 27   3:57 PM

Lopez still needs to serve a three-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Kyle Schwarber in a game earlier this month. He has allowed three runs over three innings during his brief time with the Mets this season.


Mets recalled RHP Steve Nogosek from Triple-A Syracuse.


May 27   3:57 PM

Nogosek has pitched well with the big club this season with 5 2/3 scoreless relief innings. He will operate in middle relief.


Reds optioned RHP Jared Solomon to Triple-A Louisville.


May 27   3:25 PM

Solomon has allowed two runs over 4 2/3 relief innings this season. He'll be back eventually.


Reds optioned INF Colin Moran to Triple-A Louisville.


May 27   3:25 PM

It's surprising that Moran even has an option left, but the Reds will use it since he wouldn't be playing much with Joey Votto back in the fold. Moran has driven in 22 runs over 34 games this season, though he has just a .635 OPS.


Reds transferred LHP Justin Wilson to the 60-day injured list.


May 27   3:25 PM

The move frees up a 40-man roster spot. Wilson is now not eligible to return until late June.


Spencer Torkelson is absent from the Tigers' lineup Friday.


May 27   3:09 PM

Harold Castro will handle first base. Torkelson has actually been decent at the plate over the last week or so but is coming off back-to-back hitless games.


Mariners purchased the contract of LHP Roenis Elias from Triple-A Tacoma.


May 27   3:09 PM

Elias made one appearance for the M's earlier this month and is now back for another go-round. He's taking Drew Steckenrider's spot in the bullpen.


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