Jeanmar Gomez will open the 2017 regular season as the Phillies' closer.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin confirmed that news Thursday in camp. Gomez was sharp this spring, registering a 0.93 ERA over 9 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League, but he's a lower-tier fantasy option at closer given his poor numbers last year and the talent behind him in the Philadelphia bullpen. Hector Neris and Joaquin Benoit will work in setup roles for now.
Michael Conforto will be on the Mets' Opening Day roster.
But just how much he is going to play remains unclear given that the Mets never found a trade partner for Jay Bruce. Conforto nailed down the roster spot by batting .300 with an .873 OPS and three home runs this spring in Grapefruit League play.
Zack Wheeler will start the Mets' fourth regular season game.
And he'll be followed in the Mets' sixth regular-season game by Robert Gsellman, after Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard returns to handle the fifth game. Wheeler experienced some tenderness in his surgically-repaired left elbow at the start of spring training, but he went five shutout innings in his final Grapefruit League outing Monday against the Marlins. The former top prospect could make a for a decent streaming option in the early part of 2017, but he'll probably have some workload limitations.
An MRI came back negative on the left elbow of Mets starter Steven Matz.
That's obviously good news, but Matz will be shut down for the next three weeks and projects to miss all of April. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday. Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman will round out the Mets' season-opening starting rotation.
Red Sox placed LHP Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day disabled list with a left flexor strain.
Pomeranz remains on track to make his first regular-season start April 9 in Detroit. He was slowed this spring by some triceps discomfort, but the left-hander threw 76 pitches in a Grapefruit League start against the Twins on Wednesday and he should get up to 90 pitches in his next outing -- wherever that might be.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Aaron Judge the club's starting right fielder.
There were hints that the Yankees might send Judge back to the minor leagues for more seasoning, but Girardi officially backed the 24-year-old on Thursday as he announced the club's final roster decisions. While far from a completer hitter, Judge should be able to post big power numbers this season for New York -- and thus carries deep-league fantasy intrigue. Aaron Hicks will open the year as a kind of utility outfielder.
Luis Severino has been named the Yankees' fourth starter.
Severino nailed down the job by posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 16/5 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this spring in Grapefruit League play. The talented 23-year-old right-hander carries some deep-league fantasy appeal into the 2017 regular season.
Twins optioned C John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Rochester.
Chris Gimenez will back up Jason Castro to open the year. Murphy, 25, posted a brutal .146/.193/.220 batting line in 90 plate appearances last season at the major league level.