Johan Santana diagnosed with left shoulder fatigue

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Mets left-hander Johan Santana was sent to New York earlier this week for a checkup exam after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder following a three-inning rehab start.

That exam took place today. And the results are pretty much what we expected them to be.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets’ medical staff has diagnosed Santana with “left shoulder fatigue,” and have asked that he refrain from throwing a baseball for the next week.

Santana has no structural damage and should be able to get back on track next Friday, but there’s no guarantee that he will return to the majors this season. The southpaw hasn’t pitched in the bigs since September 2, 2010. He’s owed a salary of $24 million next season and $25.5 million in 2013.

Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

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The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.

Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.

Yankees activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.