Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.
Cole recently dealt with some triceps soreness, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. If healthy, the 25-year-old will function as rotation insurance this year.
Nationals optioned RHP Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse; reassigned RHP Jacob Turner, LHP Neal Cotts, and C Jhonatan Solano to minor league camp.
Gott made nine appearances for the Nationals last season and spent the majority of the year in Triple-A while posting a 4.35 ERA and 31/13 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. He figures to get another try in the major league bullpen at some point this year.
Nationals released RHP Vance Worley.
Worley posted a 4.80 ERA and 6/6 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this spring in his bid to be the Nats' long man, but it looks like that job could go to Jeremy Guthrie. The veteran right-hander will try to latch on elsewhere.
Rays optioned C Luke Maile to Triple-A Durham.
The recent signing of Derek Norris cut into his chances of making the team. Maile, 26, batted .227/.252/.361 over 126 plate appearances in the majors last season.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the announcement of Jeurys Familia's domestic violence suspension is expected on Wednesday.
The timing makes sense, as Familia reportedly traveled to New York earlier this month to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. While nothing is official yet, Billy Witz of the New York Times reported Monday that the suspension is "almost certain" to be lighter than the 30-game suspension Aroldis Chapman received one year ago. The Mets are expecting Addison Reed to fill in at closer.
Carson Smith (elbow) felt some tightness after his bullpen session last week.
Despite the tightness, Smith said it's still possible he could throw another bullpen session next week. He's still hoping to make his return from Tommy John surgery in June, though he obviously has a bunch of hurdles to cross.
Masahiro Tanaka finished off his excellent Grapefruit League showing by allowing two runs -- one earned -- over five frames versus the Tigers on Tuesday.
Tanaka recorded six strikeouts while walking two and yielding three base knocks. No one has pitched better than the Yankees' right-hander this spring, as Tuesday was the first earned run he gave up across 23 2/3 innings, and he also boasts a 28/5 K/BB ratio. Tanaka looks ready to take on the Rays in Tampa on Sunday.
Michael Fulmer tossed five frames of one-run ball against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Fulmer walked three batters, but he struck out three and yielded just three hits in what might have been his best outing this spring. The Tigers are holding the reigning American League Rookie of the Year back until fourth game of the season as they monitor his workload a bit.