MLB Daily Dish April 22: Clayton Kershaw, Michael Cuddyer, Bobby Abreu, Wandy Rodriguez

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  • The Pittsburgh Pirates placed starter Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day DL after the left-hander was diagnosed with right knee inflammation, according to a team announcement. In a corresponding move, the Pirates recalled Jared Hughes to replace Rodriguez on the roster. Rodriguez, who has a 7.65 ERA over four starts this season, has proven to be one of the more consistent pitchers in the majors over the past six seasons. He went 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA last season before being shut down with elbow tendinitis.
  • The Houston Astros placed right-handed starter Scott Feldman on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 18, with bicep tendinitis, the team announced. Feldman, who recently spent time on the bereavement list due to the unexpected death of his father, has a 1.69 ERA this season across 26.2 innings. The Astros will officially recall right-hander Collin McHugh tomorrow to replace Feldman.

Roster Moves

  • The Milwaukee Brewers recalled right-hander Alfredo Figaro from Triple-A Nashville, the team announced. In a corresponding move, Milwaukee optioned reliever Rob Wooten to Nashville to make room for Figaro on the roster. Figaro appeared in 33 contests last season, including five starts, posting a 3-3 record along with a 4.14 ERA. According to Jason Paczkowski of Brew Crew Ball, Figaro will come in with a fresh arm, and he's also capable of going multiple innings at a time, with the ability to give the 'pen a much-needed break.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned utilityman Chone Figgins to Triple-A Albuquerque while recalling right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez from Triple-A, the team announced.


  • The Boston Red Sox sent third baseman Will Middlebrooks on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to a team announcement. The Sox recently signed utilityman Ryan Roberts to replace Middlebrooks, the latter of whom hasn't played since April 4, but Roberts managed just two hits in 19 at-bats before being designated for assignment. In the move that sent Roberts down, the Sox called up Brock Holt, a 25-year-old infielder who has gone 4-for-10 with a pair of RBI this season. According to a report by's Jason Mastrodonato, Middlebrooks is on track to return to action within the week:

Middlebrooks is expected to play Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with a possible return next weekend, should everything progress normally. Middlebrooks said this week that his injured calf has been healing regularly. He's been healthy enough to crush balls in batting practice.



  • Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee pitched eight shutout innings, striking out 10 and allowing just four hits as the Phillies blanked the Dodgers, 7-0.

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