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Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Reno.

Buchholz will make his D'Backs debut Sunday versus the Mets. The veteran right-hander has posted a 2.93 ERA over five starts in the minors this season but has just a 19/12 K/BB ratio across 27 2/3 innings.

Diamondbacks transferred RHP Randall Delgado from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Clay Buchholz. Delgado has been out all season with oblique and shoulder issues.

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Jimmie Sherfy to Triple-A Reno.

Sherfy had three scoreless appearances during his time with the big club but finds himself back in the minors. He'll be back up eventually.

Braves recalled RHP Lucas Sims from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Sims has allowed five runs over four innings in a couple relief appearances for the Braves this season. He'll give the bullpen some length.

Braves released 3B/OF Jose Bautista.

It's an experiment that just never worked out, as Bautista unsurprisingly struggled defensively at third base and didn't do nearly enough with the bat (.143/.250/.343) to make up for it. Johan Camargo will take over as the everyday third baseman for the Braves. This could be the end of the line for the 37-year-old Bautista, although Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the veteran has a standing offer to join Triple-A Gwinnett if he's unable to catch on anywhere else.

Orioles recalled RHP David Hess from Triple-A Norfolk.

Hess will start Sunday against the Red Sox. He pitched well against the Rays in his major league debut earlier this month but should be avoided versus Boston.

Orioles optioned LHP Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk.

Hart holds a 1.93 ERA in four relief appearances over a couple stints with the O's. He'll be back eventually.

Cubs optioned LHP Randy Rosario to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosario threw two scoreless innings in a relief appearance Saturday in his Cubs debut. His reward is a trip back to the minors.

Dodgers optioned RHP Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Garcia was up as the 26th man during Saturday's doubleheader and allowed one run over a 1 1/3-inning appearance.

Dodgers recalled SHP Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Venditte was optioned out Saturday but never actually had to leave since he's replacing Rich Hill (blister) on the roster. The switch-handed reliever will be used in middle relief.

Dodgers placed LHP Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list with a left middle finger blister.

Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Hill will be sidelined for at least four weeks, as the team wants to give him plenty of rest in hopes that the blister will heal. Blisters have been an ongoing concern for Hill for years, of course, and he remains a very risky health bet moving forward. It's unclear at this point who will take his spot in the rotation.

Angels purchased the contract of C Jose Briceno from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Briceno was acquired along with Andrelton Simmons in the deal that sent Sean Newcomb to the Braves. He's a defense-first catcher who will back up Martin Maldonado while Rene Rivera (knee) is out.

Angels placed C Rene Rivera on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17, with right knee inflammation.

It's unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Jose Briceño is up to back up Martin Maldonado.

Angels transferred RHP Keynan Middleton from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jose Briceno. Middleton is out for the season following Tommy John surgery.

Pirates activated 2B Josh Harrison from the 10-day disabled list.

Harrison missed five weeks of action with a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He'll return to a .263/.328/.351 batting line and will go back to being the Pirates' everyday second baseman and leadoff hitter.

Pirates optioned RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kingham had another solid outing Saturday against the Padres, allowing three runs while striking out five over six innings, but it wasn't enough to keep him around. He should get another shot eventually, but with Joe Musgrove (shoulder) set to return this week Kingham will go back into Indy's rotation.

Rangers activated RHP Chris Martin from the 10-day disabled list.

Martin missed three weeks of action with right forearm irritation. He'll return to a middle relief role.

Rangers optioned RHP Ariel Jurado to Double-A Frisco.

Jurado surrendered four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Saturday in his major league debut. He was making a spot start in place of Cole Hamels (neck), who should be ready to go this week.

Nationals purchased the contract of OF Juan Soto from Double-A Harrisburg.

It's a bold move, as Soto will be the youngest player in the majors at 19 and has just 512 plate appearances as a pro, with nearly all of them coming in the lower minors. However, there's no doubting his talent, and he's posted a ridiculous .362/.462/.757 batting line with 14 home runs and 52 RBI across 39 games over his three stops this season. Soto is not in Sunday's lineup with the Dodgers throwing lefty Alex Wood and could be benched some against tougher southpaws, but he'll play most every day.

Nationals designated OF Moises Sierra for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Juan Soto. Sierra has hit just .167/.217/.204 over 27 games for the Nats this season.

Nationals optioned RHP Jefry Rodriguez to Double-A Harrisburg.

Rodriguez was up as the 26th man during Saturday's doubleheader but didn't make an appearance. He'll rejoin Harrisburg's rotation.


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