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MLB Daily Dish April 17: Daisuke Matsuzaka, George Springer, Kole Calhoun, Taijuan Walker

Each weekday morning, we'll provide you with a recap of everything you need to know transaction-wise from yesterday in the baseball world. Injuries, rumors, signings and more–you'll find them all right here.

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  • The Los Angeles Angels placed right fielder Kole Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle, the team announced. The team purchased outfielder Brennan Boesch's contract from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the vacancy. Additionally, the Angels transferred Ryan Brasier from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, also via the team announcement. The right-hander is being diagnosed with a right elbow strain.
  • The Seattle Mariners placed right-handed starter Blake Beavan on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis, the team announced. In a corresponding move, the M's recalled right fielder and first baseman James Jones from Triple-A Tacoma. Seattles also lost starter Taijuan Walker to an injury, as GM Jack Zduriencik announced the right-hander will be shut down for two weeks due to a right shoulder impingement, via The Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton.

  • The Mariners also placed first baseman Logan Morrison on the 15-day DL (retroactive to April 15) with a strained right hamstring, the team announced. Seattle recalled second baseman Nick Franklin to fill Morrison's spot.

Roster Moves

  • The Houston Astros officially promoted outfield prospect George Springer, the team announced. In a series of moves, the team also reinstated right-handed starter Scott Feldman from the bereavement list while optioning outfielder Robbie Grossman to Triple-A Oklahoma City and designating right-hander Lucas Harrell for assignment. Springer's promotion will draw the bulk of the attention here, but the reinstatement of Feldman, whose father recently passed away, is also a significant move. The right-hander has allowed just one run in three starts this season, posting a 2-0 record and 0.44 ERA.

  • The San Francisco Giants optioned outfielder Juan Perez to Triple-A Fresno to make room for left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who the club activated from the 15-day DL. The move means the Giants now have 13 pitchers on the big league roster, with the hope that Affeldt can bolster a bullpen that already ranks second in the majors in ERA. (Via the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman)
  • The Chicago Cubs recalled Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa to serve as the 26th man during the team's nightcap of the doubleheader in New York, the team announced. The left-hander pitched 1.2 perfect innings in the Cubs' 2-0 loss. Similarly, the Yankees recalled Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, only to send him back following the game, the team announced.


  • Mariners general manager Jake Zduriencik said free agent Kendrys Morales reportedly turned down a three-year extension worth $30 million last year, according to the Seattle News Tribune's Todd Dybas. Morales, who has yet to find himself in a big league uniform this season, has to be regretting his decision to turn down that lucrative deal, along with the team's qualifying $14.1 million offer.


  • The Oakland A's claimed right-hander Marcus Walden off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a team announcement. Walden, primarily a starter throughout his minor league career, had made three appearances in relief at Triple-A Buffalo, surrendering six runs in four innings, before being claimed. He posted a 3.71 ERA in 26 starts while pitching exclusively at Double-A last season, making him eligible for a starting or bullpen role, depending on Oakland's needs at the big league level. Walden was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.


  • Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched a complete-game shutout against the Phillies, surrendering just three hits without a walk. Catcher Evan Gattis provided the game's lone offense, going 4-for-4 with a solo home run as the Braves prevailed, 1-0.
  • Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto also spun a complete-game shutout, striking out 12 Pirates batters while limiting Pittsburgh to just three hits and no walks in the 4-0 victory.
  • Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits and a walk over eight scoreless innings as the Yankees blanked the Cubs, 3-0.