2017 Breakdowns: Relievers

2017 Breakdowns: Relievers
Matthew Pouliot goes around the league to look at the iffier closing situations and suggests some sleeper relievers to target.
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Royals optioned LHP Scott Alexander to Triple-A Omaha.

Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, and Mike Minor are all left-handed, so Alexander will get left out for an Opening Day bullpen spot. He posted a 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP over 9 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League.
Mar 27 - 1:51 PM

Royals optioned OF/DH Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Omaha.

O'Brien has been one of the best players in the Cactus League this spring, boasting a 1.127 OPS with seven home runs in 51 at-bats, but he was always a longshot to crack the Opening Day roster. If something goes wrong with Brandon Moss, or he isn't hitting left-handed pitching, look for O'Brien to get the call as DH help.
Mar 27 - 1:48 PM

Joe Wendle (shoulder) took regular batting practice Monday in A's camp.

It was the first BP round in a while for the 26-year-old infielder, who's been held out of Cactus League action since March 7 due to a shoulder injury. He figures to open the 2017 season on the disabled list.
Mar 27 - 1:27 PM

Rockies optioned OF Ramiel Tapia to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Tapia made his MLB debut last year as a September callup, batting .263/.293/.263 over 41 plate appearances. The 23-year-old outfield prospect should get another (longer) look at some point in 2017, though he's somewhat buried on the Rockies depth chart here at the end of camp.
Mar 27 - 1:24 PM

Mat Latos has been informed that he will not be on the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster.

Latos now must decide whether to become a free agent or accept an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo. The veteran right-hander had a 6.75 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, after posting a 4.89 ERA in 70 innings last season between the White Sox and Nationals.
Mar 27 - 1:19 PM

Corey Seager (oblique) is aiming to join the Dodgers for Saturday's exhibition game in Los Angeles.

Seager will stay back in Dodgers camp to work on his swing in minor league games while the majority of the major league roster heads to Anaheim later this week for two exhibition contests. Once the Freeway Series shifts to Dodger Stadium on Saturday, the star shortstop should be active. He is in no danger of missing the club's first regular-season game April 3 against the Padres.
Mar 27 - 1:17 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Scott Kazmir (hip) will open the season on the disabled list.

Kazmir again struggled with velocity and effectiveness in his return to Cactus League play Sunday versus the Rangers, yielding three earned runs on five walks and three hits over just three innings. "It's something with the hip," Roberts told the media on Monday morning. There is no timetable for Kazmir's 2017 debut.
Mar 27 - 1:09 PM

Tyler Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm.

That's not good news for a guy who hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 1. He's been working through a dead arm phase, and this trapezius spasm -- even if it turns out to be minor -- could steer him toward the disabled list ahead of Opening Day. Thornburg was acquired from the Brewers in December after registering a brilliant 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings last season.
Mar 27 - 1:04 PM
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