Humberto Quintero will not be opting out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox.
Manager John Farrell told Quintero that the team still had not settled on a second catcher. Quintero's struggled this spring, hitting only .188/.278/.250 in 16 at-bats, but he's apparently holding out hope that he could still make the big club. Ryan Hanigan is the team's projected starter, with Sandy Leon and Quintero acting as potential back-ups. Prospect Blake Swihart lurks in the background.
J.J. Hardy said that his shoulder was feeling "a lot better" than on Monday.
Hardy underwent an MRA on the left shoulder on Monday, which revealed a muscle strain. He's being shut down from baseball activities for the next ten days. While it's feeling better, Hardy won't be swinging a bat until the swelling is reduced. He should be able to field grounders while he waits. In the meantime, Everth Cabrera should fill in as starter. In deeper AL-only leagues, Cabrera's speed could make him a short-term asset.
Pirates reassigned RHP Blake Wood to minor league camp.
Wood was knocked around for five runs in 7+ innings during Spring Training. This is par for the course, as he posted a 4.46 ERA in the minors last season. Barring a rash of injuries on the Pirates' big league club, he'll serve as organizational depth.
Pirates optioned RHP Rob Scahill to Triple-A Indianapolis.
The team acquired Scahill from the Rockies in November. He has a career 4.42 ERA and a 35/21 K/BB ratio over 57 innings in the majors. The right-hander will serve as organizational depth for the Pirates.
Orioles placed OF David Lough (hamstring) on the 15-day DL.
This was the expected move. Lough's been dealing with both a sore hamstring and a sore back this spring. The earliest he'll be able to return to the club is April 11, though he's indicated that he's not sure when his hamstring will be ready. On the positive side, Lough said that his back now feels fine.
Pirates optioned RHP John Holdzkom to Triple-A Indianapolis.
The 27-year old posted a 3.38 ERA while pitching eight spring innings. Should the Pirates need additional bullpen depth, Holdzkom could see a call-up later this year. In 2014, he put up a 1.73 ERA over 36+ innings in the minors.
Dodgers signed RHP Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract.
Garcia, 38, pitched in Taiwan last season after failing to make the Braves' Opening Day roster. He held a 4.37 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 17 appearances -- 13 starts -- for the Orioles and Braves in 2013. Garcia will give the Dodgers some rotation depth in the minors with Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) out indefinitely and Brandon Beachy (elbow) working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that Huston Street isn't expected to complete a contract extension until after Josh Hamilton's situation is resolved.
Hamilton won't be paid while suspended, and the Angels could use those savings on a new deal for Street. It's unclear at this point how long Hamilton -- who is slated to make $23 million in 2015 -- will be suspended, but a resolution is expected prior to Opening Day. Both Street and the Halos appear optimistic that they'll get something done. The closer will make $7 million in 2015 and turns 32 in August.