Marlins reassigned LHPs Andrew Heaney, Adam Conley, James Leverton, Greg Nappo and Josh Spence, RHPs Bryan Evans, Rett Varner and Nick Wittgren, C Austin Barnes, INFs Danny Black, Mark Canha and Colin Moran and OF Joe Benson to minor league camp.
There was some buzz early on in camp that Heaney could compete for the final spot in the Marlins' rotation, but it makes since to get him more seasoning with Tom Koehler, Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey all pitching well. He's expected to start the year at Double-A and has a good chance to make his major league debut this season.
Marlins optioned LHP Brian Flynn, RHP Sam Dyson and C Rob Brantly to Triple-A New Orioles and LHP Edgar Olmos to Double-A Jacksonville.
Flynn was competing for the fifth starter job but didn't fare terribly well with a 5.40 ERA over 10 innings. There's no longer room for Brantly on the roster with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Mathis handling the catching duties.
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Jon Niese (elbow) will resume throwing on Wednesday after an MRI revealed that his ligament is "fully intact."
Niese was given a cortisone injection in the back of his left elbow in order to combat inflammation. The left-hander has nursed shoulder and elbow ailments this spring and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but the hope is that he'll be ready to go on April 6 when the Mets first need a fifth starter.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is up to 90-92 mph in workouts and could sign with a team "fairly soon."
Hanrahan expressed last month a desire to catch on with someone before the end of spring training. The former closer is expected to be game-ready at some point in May. The Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox are known to have been monitoring Hanrahan.
Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com reports that the Diamondbacks "will look for a top starter" and the Jeff Samardzija trade talks "may be revisited."
The D'Backs talked to the Cubs about a deal for Samardzija at last year's trade deadline and rekindled the discussion over the offseason. It appears the injury to Patrick Corbin might prompt them to revisit the negotiations again. Samardzija will make $5.345 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter. The Cubs have had extension talks with him but so far haven't gotten anywhere.
Mat Latos (knee) could appear in a minor league game on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Reds had been hoping he could make his Cactus League debut on Monday, but that's obviously not going to happen. Coming back from surgery to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee, Latos will begin the season on the disabled list but is hoping to be ready on April 6 when the club first needs a fifth starter.
Craig Gentry (back) will take a full batting practice Monday.
It comes after he took some BP off coaches Sunday. Gentry is unlikely to be ready to play in games this week, but it shouldn't be far off. It will close as to whether he'll have time to get ready for Opening Day.
Angels optioned INFs Luis Jimenez, Tommy Field and Efren Navarro, LHP Buddy Boshers and RHP Josh Wall to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Jimenez was competing for a bench job, but the Angels were probably looking for a little more defensive versatility. Boshers' chances at cracking the roster were hurt with Sean Burnett (elbow) looking likely to be ready for Opening Day.