Marcell Ozuna went 0-for-2 with a walk on Monday, leaving him with a .135 average this spring.
Ozuna has seven walks and four of his five hits have been doubles, but judging from some of the negative press the last few days, it's his low spring average that weighs much heavier. He still appears to us to be the Marlins' best option to start in center field, but from the sound of things, he could head to Triple-A to open the season.
Adrian Beltre (quad) expects to return to Cactus League action Thursday.
Beltre hasn't played since last Thursday due to tightness in his left quad. It's not a major concern, but the Rangers aren't taking any chances given his injury history.
Ike Davis (calf) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) will not play in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game.
Davis and Duda were supposed to battle it out for the starting first base job this spring, but both are stuck on the minor league side for now as they work their way back from injury. It's not an ideal situation for New York.
Marco Scutaro made his Cactus League debut on Monday, going 1-for-2 against the Angels.
Scutaro was taken out before the bottom of the third, giving him two innings in the field. He has been dealing with back problems, which kept him out of spring action for several weeks. Scutaro doubled and scored a run in his first at-bat, and struck out in his second at-bat.
James McDonald was diagnosed with right shoulder soreness.
This after he left Monday's Cactus League appearance after throwing just two pitches. It's a troubling development given McDonald's past shoulder issues.
Jose Contreras has been informed that he will not make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.
Contreras, a non-roster invitee, allowed seven runs on 13 hits over six innings this spring. The veteran right-hander is weighing his options, including the possibility of retirement.
Rangers optioned RHPs Nick Tepesch, Cory Burns, and Miles Mikolas, and INF Andy Parrino to Triple-A Round Rock; reassigned RHP Daniel Bard, Cs Patrick Cantwell and Brett Nicholas, INF Kensuke Tanaka and OFs Brad Snyder and Bryan Petersen to minor league camp.
Tepesch is the biggest name of the bunch, but he pitched his way out of consideration for a roster spot after allowing 10 runs over eight innings of work this spring. Bard, formerly of the Red Sox and Cubs, is working his way back from thoracic outlet surgery and will likely begin the year on the minor league disabled list.
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Monday that Tyler Clippard will be his primary eighth inning reliever.
It's a little unusual to hear a manager announce their primary set-up man, but there you go. Clippard has been one of the game's best relievers in recent years and would be a natural alternative for the closer role if Rafael Soriano struggles or suffers an injury. Drew Storen appears to be third on the depth chart.