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Alex Colome to make 2015 debut Friday vs. Orioles

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Alex Colome showed up late to Rays camp this spring due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic and he caught a bad case of pneumonia once he did finally arrive in Florida. But everything is trending well now for the 26-year-old right-hander …

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Colome is scheduled to make his 2015 regular-season debut this Friday night against the Orioles. The game was scheduled to be played at Camden Yards, but it has been shifted to Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field due to the ongoing unrest in downtown Baltimore.

Colome posted a 2.35 ERA and 17/3 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 rehab innings (four starts) between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. He boasts a 2.50 ERA in 39 2/3 career major league frames.

Masahiro Tanaka placed on the 15-day disabled list with a small strain in his right forearm

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was sent for an MRI on Tuesday morning after complaining of pain in his right wrist. The MRI showed no damage in his wrist — only some mild tendinitis — but it did reveal a small muscle strain in his right forearm, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Add that to the partially-torn UCL that Tanaka suffered last year.

Tanaka will be placed on the disabled list with no timetable to return to New York’s rotation. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday night that it will be at least a month, “conservatively.”

The 26-year-old right-hander from Osaka, Japan had registered a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 24/7 K/BB ratio through his first 22 1/3 innings this season. He owns a stellar 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 165/28 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 career major league frames.

Jed Lowrie will be out through the All-Star break with a torn ligament in his right thumb

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The diagnosis was announced Tuesday on the Astros’ official Twitter account …

Lowrie suffered the injury while sliding into home plate in the eighth inning of Monday’s 9-4 win over the Padres and flew to Houston for an MRI on Tuesday. That exam revealed the ligament tear, which will require surgery to repair and is expected to keep the 31-year-old shortstop on the shelf through the All-Star break. Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored on Monday night and was sporting a .300/.432/.567 slash line through 74 plate appearances this season. It’s obviously a tough blow for the Astros, who entered play Tuesday with a 12-7 record.

Brett Cecil back in at closer for the Blue Jays

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Brett Cecil was removed from the Blue Jays’ ninth-inning role just a few days into the 2015 regular season after blowing a save on April 8 at Yankee Stadium, but Toronto management has now turned back to the 28-year-old left-hander after watching 20-year-old righties Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro fail to get the job done Monday night at Fenway Park.

Castro, the Blue Jays’ primary closer for the last two weeks, has allowed earned runs in four of his last five appearances. He’ll be kept away from high-leverage situations for a little while. Osuna has been very effective overall, boasting a 1.59 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.

The youngest pitcher in franchise history, Osuna might get the next crack at saves if Cecil can’t cut it.

It’s also possible Aaron Sanchez could be moved back to the bullpen. He has a 5.03 ERA in four starts.