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Mariners place Tom Wilhelmsen on disabled list with hyperextended right elbow

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Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to a hyperextended right elbow which occurred under some freak circumstances.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes that Wilhelmsen was loosening up and swinging his arms when the back of arm slammed into teammate Danny Farquhar, who was running by. Bullpens are dangerous, man. Wilhelmsen thinks he’ll be able to resume playing catch by the end of the week, so it doesn’t sound too serious. The Mariners have called up right-hander Dominic Leone to take his place in the bullpen.

Wilhelmsen was an important part of Seattle’s excellent bullpen from last season, putting up a 2.27 ERA with 72 strikeouts over 79 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old has allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings across his first two appearances this season.

Ryan Rua diagnosed with non-displaced fracture in right heel and a severe ankle sprain

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Double-whammy here for Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua, as Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that he has been diagnosed with a small non-displaced fracture in his right heel as well as a “severe” ankle sprain.

Rua suffered the injury while attempting to chase down a fly ball during Friday’s game. He’s expected to wear a walking boot for three weeks before being re-evaluated.

Rua, 25, won the primary left fielder job out of spring training and was 4-for-17 (.235) with a double across his first first games  this season. Carlos Peguero should see most of the playing time during his absence.

Devin Mesoraco was sent for an MRI on his hip

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UPDATE: It sounds like the Reds got a positive report. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Mesoraco is day-to-day and Reds manager Bryan Price expects him to return “soon.”

6:19 p.m. ET: Devin Mesoraco is out of the starting lineup for the second straight day and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that he stayed back in Cincinnati to undergo an MRI on his hip.

It’s unclear how the injury occurred or if it has been a lingering issue. Mesoraco didn’t start yesterday against the Cardinals, but he had two plate appearances after entering the game in the eighth inning and was involved in a controversial defensive play.

Mesoraco, 26, finally got a chance as a regular catcher last season and thrived by hitting .273 with 25 homers and an .893 OPS. He’s off to a 2-for-21 start so far this season.

The Reds called up Kyle Skipworth from Triple-A Louisville before tonight’s game against the Cubs in order to have some insurance behind the plate. Brayan Pena is starting and catching Mike Leake.

Archie Bradley wins in MLB debut after tossing six scoreless innings vs. Dodgers

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Diamondbacks top prospect Archie Bradley made his major league debut tonight against the Dodgers at Chase Field in Arizona and it couldn’t have gone much better.

Bradley held the Dodgers to just one hit (a double by Howie Kendrick in the second inning) across six scoreless innings as part of a 6-0 victory. The 22-year-old right-hander bested three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and even singled off him inning the second inning for his first major league hit. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Bradley walked four batters on the night, so there were some deep counts, but he also fanned six. The highlight was striking out the side in the fifth inning. According to Brooks Baseball, Bradley induced 14 swinging strikes and topped out at 95.1 mph on his fastball. He was pulled after throwing 112 pitches (66 for strikes).

Things didn’t go according to plan for Bradley last year, as most expected him to be in the majors by now, but he pitched great this spring and forced himself on the Opening Day roster. The Diamondbacks aren’t expected to be a very good team this year, but he’ll be exciting to watch every fifth day.

Phillies prospect Jesmuel Valentin suspended following domestic violence arrest

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies prospect infielder Jesmuel Valentin has been suspended by MLB after a domestic violence arrest. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. addressed the situation earlier today:

“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we take this very seriously as does the Commissioner’s office.”

According to Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Valentin was arrested last Sunday in Pinellas County, Florida and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. He was released on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday.

Valentin, the son of former major league infielder Jose Valentin, was a supplemental first-round pick of the Dodgers in 2012 and came over to the Phillies last August in the Roberto Hernandez deal. The 20-year-old was set to begin the season with High-A Clearwater.