Mallex Smith went 0-for-3 from the leadoff spot Tuesday and is hitting just .167 this spring.
If Smith is in the Opening Day lineup, as seems likely, it certainly won't be because he earned it with his play this spring; to go along with the .167 average, he has just two walks and one extra-base hit in 36 at-bats. The speed makes him intriguing for fantasy purposes, but he's probably going to get some Triple-A time once Colby Rasmus comes off the disabled list.
Lorenzo Cain was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League game against the White Sox due to tightness in his left side.
Alex Gordon will take his place in center field with Brandon Moss handling left. Cain felt tightness during batting practice and was scratched as a precaution. Until the Royals update his status, consider Cain day-to-day.
Mets optioned C Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas.
As expected, Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera will serve as the Mets' Opening Day catchers. Plawecki performed reasonably well this spring (.269 AVG in 26 at-bats) but it wasn't enough to overtake either of the incumbents. The Mets won't need him until d'Arnaud or Rivera gets hurt.
Bo Schultz will undergo right elbow surgery on Wednesday.
Schultz will have bone chips removed and a doctor will also check for ligament damage. Even if Schultz's ligament is in tact, it's a safe bet he won't be throwing a baseball any time soon. Schultz posted a nondescript 5.51 ERA at the big league level last season.
Raisel Iglesias (elbow, hips) threw a side session without issue on Tuesday.
MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports that Iglesias will break camp with the team. Iglesias slipped in the shower a few weeks ago, injuring his right elbow as well as both of his hips. The Reds haven't announced a closer but Iglesias is the favorite for the majority of ninth-inning work out of the gate.
Brewers released 1B Cody Decker.
OF Nick Cain, RHP Kaleb Earls, RHP Alex Farina, LHP Cesar Jimenez, LHP Mitch Lambson and 1B Tyrone Perry are also getting pink slips. The 30-year-old didn't see any action in the Cactus League, though he did log 11 at-bats for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Decker is hitless in 11 career big league at-bats.
Orioles acquired RHP Alex Asher from the Phillies for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Asher had a poor spring and wasn't going to make the Phillies' Opening Day roster. Despite his Grapefruit League struggles, Asher fared well in a small sample size in the big leagues last season, contributing a 2.28 ERA over five starts for Philadelphia. He'll start out in Triple-A but should make a few cameos in Baltimore later in the year.
Charlie Blackmon is battling flu-like symptoms.
He's been out the past couple of days and now we know why. Blackmon's teammate Jake McGee is also under the weather. Illnesses like these can spread through a locker room, so it wouldn't be surprising if a few more Rockies came down with the flu. Both players should be available for Opening Day.