Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced Saturday that Yu Darvish will start on Opening Day against the Indians on April 3.
The decision ultimately came down to Darvish or Cole Hamels for the Opening Day honor. The right-hander has looked good in Cactus League competition, compiling a 2.54 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 17/8 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. With his massive strikeout potential, he's rightfully being selected as a top-10 starting pitcher in fantasy drafts.
A precautionary MRI on Jon Gray's toe came back without issue on Saturday.
Gray as removed from Friday's start against the Giants due to left foot soreness and follow-up exams have confirmed that there's no real injury to worry about here. He should have no problem making his next start and being ready for the start of the regular season.
Gregor Blanco indicated that his right side is feeling much improved on Saturday.
He was removed from Thursday's game due to tightness in his side. The 33-year-old has struggled in Cactus League play, hitting just .225 with one stolen base in 40 at-bats. He needs all of the time possible to earn a reserve spot on the club's Opening Day roster.
Carlos Gomez (shoulder) is expected to take swings on Sunday and return to Cactus League action early in the week.
Gomez hasn't swung a bat since jamming his left shoulder during Tuesday's game. He's still considered day-to-day and looks as though he should be ready for Opening Day as long as he avoids any setbacks this week.
Tanner Scheppers has been diagnosed with a left abdominal strain.
He'll require further evaluation and no timetable for his return has been noted yet. The club also hasn't ruled out a sports hernia for the right-hander. It looks increasingly likely that he'll start the season on the disabled list.
Brewers reassigned RHP Hiram Burgos to minor league camp.
The right-hander had a chance to earn a spot in the Opening Day bullpen with a strong spring, but instead registered a 17.36 ERA, 3.00 WHIP and 3/1 K/BB ratio in 4 2/3 innings. He'll serve as bullpen depth at Triple-A to start the season.
Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno.
The right-hander was competing for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen but struggled to the tune of a 5.87 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings during Cactus League play. He'll presumably be stretched back out as a starter at Triple-A where he'll function as rotation depth.
Diamondbacks released RHP Kevin Jepsen.
Jepsen was on the outside looking in at a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, so he'll have a week to try to land on his feet elsewhere. The veteran right-hander sported a troublesome 12.27 ERA, 2.45 WHIP and .400 batting average against in 3 2/3 innings during Cactus League play.