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Drew Smyly (elbow) increased the intensity of his throwing program Friday by moving out to a distance of about 90 feet, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

Impact

Smyly continues on track for a return to the decimated Mariners rotation sometime in June. If all goes according to plan, the team could have its original projected 2017 starting five healthy for the first time in just a few weeks, as Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) and James Paxton (forearm) are all projected to return soon as well.

Jose Martinez (groin), who went 2-for-5 with a two-run ground-rule double and a run in his first start with High-A Palm Beach on Friday, can spend a maximum of 20 days in the minors on his rehab assignment, Derrick Gold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Impact

At the 20-day juncture, the Cardinals must either bring Martinez back to the big-league club, option him to Triple-A Memphis or return him to the disabled list. The 28-year-old is projected to put in some time at first base while with Palm Beach, as the recent trade of Matt Adams to the Braves has opened up the top backup job behind Matt Carpenter.

Stephen Piscotty left the team Friday to tend to a family matter, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Impact

The outfielder headed to California to tend to the issue, but manager Mike Matheny has stated that the team does not intend to make a corresponding roster move for the time being. Piscotty was already in Denver with the team for the opening game of the weekend series against the Rockies when he received word of the situation. The 26-year-old has been struggling on the team's current road trip with a .143 average and was not projected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

James Paxton (forearm) threw four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Arkansas on Friday night and is expected to rejoin the rotation Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Impact

Paxton threw 55 pitches and allowed two runs on five hits. His control was sharp, as he didn't walk a batter. Paxton was lights out in six starts before hitting the disabled list (1.43 ERA, 0.88 WHIP), and he looks like he's in fine form as he nears his return.

Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay to extended his hitting streak to six games.

Impact

Vargas continues to stick in the lineup as he's hitting .474 (9-for-19) during the streak.

Hector Santiago gave up three runs and a home run over 5.1 innings with six strikeouts and two walks to fall to 4-3 in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Impact

After giving up nine runs and 15 hits over 7.2 innings in his last two starts, this outing was an improvement. Santiago has been plagued recently by the the long ball as he's given up five home runs in his last three starts, after allowing just three in his first seven starts.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a clean ninth inning on Friday to earn the save in a 3-0 win over Seattle.

Impact

His ERA now stands at a microscopic 0.83 on the season, and he continues to mow batters down at a tremendous clip. He remains one of the elite closers in the game and is as reliable as they come when looking for saves in fantasy; he's now 13-for-14 in save chances on the campaign.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks in a 3-0 win over Seattle on Friday. He struck out four.

Impact

Rodriguez continues to shut down opposing lineups. In his last seven starts, he's allowed just 11 earned runs over 44 innings pitched. The 24-year-old southpaw's 9.6 K/9 on the season is certainly impressive, and he's showing no signs of slowing up anytime soon. He'll take the mound again on Thursday in a road tilt against Baltimore.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and six walks through 5.1 innings in Friday's 3-0 loss to Boston. He struck out five.

Impact

The walks haunted Gallardo in this contest, raising his pitch count to a gaudy 112 through only 5.1 innings. Control issues have hurt Gallardo all season, as evidenced by his 4.1 BB/9. He remains a matchup streaming option at best. Gallardo will take the mound again on Thursday at home against Colorado.

Jose Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-4 loss to Kansas City.

Impact

The third baseman has been slumping a bit of late, going one for his last 16 at the plate. His slash line still sits at .265/.333/.464 on the season, and he continues to take a patient approach at the plate. He also shows the occasional pop, as evidenced by his seventh homer of the year. It could be just what he needed to get things going back in the right direction.

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-4 win over Cleveland.

Impact

His homer to right center in the fifth inning tied the game for the Royals. Moustakas is now slashing .249/.282/.503 on the season, and has been the victim of some considerable bad luck with a .240 BABIP. His power stroke is working on the campaign, as he now has 12 home runs to go along with 25 RBI.

Tyler Saladino left Friday's game with back spasms and is day-to-day.

Impact

Saladino has been dealing with back issues for over a week and has managed to play just once over Chicago's past eight games. Given his struggles to stay healthy, a disabled list stint for Saladino has to be in the discussion for the White Sox at this point.

Troy Tulowitzki will not be in Saturday's lineup against Texas, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports Friday.

Impact

Tulowitzki went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in his first game back from a hamstring injury suffered April 21. The Blue Jays plan to be careful with both Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson, who also returned from injury Friday night. Expect regular rest for both players in the near future.

Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 6-4 victory over Cleveland.

Impact

The home run got Kansas City back in the game, as they had been trailing 4-0 before Moss' big swing. The power-hitting lefty is only slashing .198/.262/.468 on the season, but when he makes contact, the ball can travel a long way; nine of his 22 hits on the campaign have left the yard. For fantasy purposes, his 34% strikeout rate cancels out any upside that the power stroke might have.

Josh Donaldson will not be in Saturday's lineup against Texas, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports Friday.

Impact

Donaldson missed 39 games with a calf injury before making his return Friday night, in which he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Blue Jays have expressed a desire to take care with their star third basemen, so expect semi-regular rest days for him in his first week or two back on the roster.

Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk Friday against the Blue Jays.

Impact

Odor's seventh bomb of the year came in the ninth inning to pull the Rangers within one run of a losing effort. He's been a disappointment for fantasy owners with his .208/.262/.365 slash line, but fantasy owners will be hoping his big blast will get him started on a hot streak.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday, allowing one hit and striking out one to pick up his tenth save on the season.

Impact

Herrera now has 10 saves in his last 11 opportunities, and is looking like himself again after blowing a save against Minnesota last Saturday. He lowered his ERA to 4.05 on the season with this relief effort. Although he hasn't been as sharp as in previous seasons, Herrera is still firmly entrenched in the closer's role for Kansas City.

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Rangers.

Impact

Morales hit his ninth bomb of the campaign to extend the Blue Jays lead to three runs in a game they'd hold on to win. Although fantasy owners are content with his power output, his .250/.300/.452 slash line has been a disappointment.

Justin Smoak went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks and two runs Friday against the Rangers.

Impact

Smoak's 11th blast of the year extended the Blue Jays' lead in the third inning of a winning effort. At 30 years old, he appears to be on his way to a career year, as he's slashing .280/.347/.553. Fantasy owners need to decide whether to keep on riding him, or whether it's time to trade him away while his value is at an all-time high.

Jordan Jankowski will be optioned when Dallas Keuchel is activated from the disabled list , Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports Friday.

Impact

Keuchel is expected to make his return Saturday. Jankowski allowed a pair of runs in his only appearance with the big club this season. He owned a sharp 1.42 ERA at Triple-A and could be up with the big club as bullpen reinforcement again later this season.