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Blue Jays expected to call up Mat Latos to start this weekend

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Blue Jays are expected to call up veteran right-hander Mat Latos from Triple-A Buffalo to start this weekend against the Angels. Casey Lawrence is also expected to start this weekend as both pitchers are replacing J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez in the rotation.

Latos, 29, has had good results in two minor league starts, giving up one earned run on seven hits and six walks with nine strikeouts in nine innings. The right-hander struggled mightily in the majors over the past two seasons, compiling an aggregate 4.93 ERA, which explains why he had to settle for a minor league deal with the Jays.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.