Dodgers activate reliever Todd Coffey from disabled list

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Javy Guerra’s grip on the Dodgers’ closer job seems very shaky, but the bullpen is getting a little boost today with Todd Coffey returning from the disabled list.

Coffey appeared in just three games before being shut down with a knee injury, but he returns after the minimum 15-day stay on the DL.

He presents no threat to Guerra’s ninth-inning duties–obviously Kenley Jansen would be the replacement closer if manager Don Mattingly makes a switch–but Coffey was quietly a very solid setup man while posting 3.68 ERA in 316 total innings from 2009-2011.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.