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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 18: Brett Oberholtzer #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the ninth inning during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on June 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Diamondbacks won 4-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Angels claim Brett Oberholtzer off waivers from the Phillies

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The Angels announced on Tuesday that the club claimed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer off waivers from the Phillies.

Oberholtzer, 27, was used mostly in mop-up duty but struggled to a 4.83 ERA and a 38/20 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings. The Phillies acquired him this past December in the Ken Giles trade. The club designated him for assignment on Saturday.

Oberholtzer is owed the remainder of his $518,000 salary for the 2016 season. He’ll become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2017 season.

Cardinals place Michael Wacha on the disabled list, call up prospect Alex Reyes

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 10:  Alex Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals and the World Team looks on during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at PETCO Park on July 10, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that starter Michael Wacha has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Pitching prospect Alex Reyes has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals plan to use Reyes out of the bullpen.

Reyes, 21, is considered the Cardinals’ best prospect and¬†ninth overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. This season, the right-hander has posted a 4.96 ERA with a 93/32 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings over 14 starts.

Reyes appeared in the Futures Game at Petco Park as part of the All-Star Game festivities last month. He started and went 1 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after coming out of the game against Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the baseball game at Dodger Stadium July 29, 2016, in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers enter play Tuesday just one game out of first place in the NL West behind the Giants. They’ll host the Phillies for game two of a three-game series while the Giants take on the Marlins. If the Dodgers win and the Giants lose tonight, the Dodgers will be back in first place (tied, of course) for the first time since May 14.

If the Dodgers are to retake control of the division and put some distance between themselves and the Giants, the next two weeks will be the time to do it. After the Phillies skip down, they’ll host the downtrodden Pirates for three games before heading out to the East coast for three more games with the Phillies followed by four with the Reds. Then they’ll return home for a three-game set with the Giants. The Giants, meanwhile, will tussle with the Orioles, Pirates, and Mets after completing their series with the Marlins.

Tonight, Kenta Maeda will take on the Phillies’ Vincent Velasquez in a 10:10 PM EDT start.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Kuhl), 7:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada), 7:07 PM EDT

Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke) @ New York Mets (Steven Matz), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Luis Severino) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver) @ Chicago Cubs (John Lackey), 8:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Tyrell Jenkins) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta), 8:10 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Mike Fiers) @ Minnesota Twins (Hector Santiago), 8:10 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale) @ Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez), 8:15 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake), 8:15 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Wade Miley) @ Oakland Athletics (Zach Neal), 10:05 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris) @ Seattle Mariners (Wade LeBlanc), 10:10 PM EDT