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.
Ervin Santana could make his Grapefruit League debut later this week.
Santana threw his first live batting practice session for the Braves on Monday and looked good. He signed with the club just five days ago, but the right-hander has kept his arm in shape so it isn't really surprising that he's nearly game-ready.
Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful live batting practice session Monday.
The left-hander thinks he could pitch in a game later this week, but he'll probably have one more live BP session instead. Minor is expected to begin the season on the disabled list but, assuming he has no setbacks, will likely be ready on April 12 when the Braves first need a fifth starter.
Rajai Davis was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a tight hamstring.
It's viewed as a precaution, but it would have made little sense to push Davis especially since he derives so much of his value from his legs. "It was my call," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He said he could play." Davis should be back in there later this week.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on Monday named Justin Verlander the club's Opening Day starter.
Max Scherzer is coming off a Cy Young-winning campaign, but Verlander has a lengthier history with the Tigers and also has a Cy Young award on his mantle. The 31-year-old appears to be fully recovered from his January core muscle surgery and will take the ball on March 31 against the Royals.