FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers inquired about Chris Owings, "but talks did not progress very far."
It's no surprise, of course, given that Owings is looking like the favorite to start at shortstop for the Diamondbacks. The Tigers at this point plan to use internal options to fill in for Jose Iglesias (shins) at shortstop, but it's obvious that they're also keeping their finger on the pulse of the trade market.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Monday named Chris Tillman the club's Opening Day starter.
It's the team's fifth different Opening Day starter in the last five years. Tillman earned the gig by going 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA over 33 stars last season for the O's. He'll be followed in the rotation by Ubaldo Jimenez.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Ryan Lavarnway is "being shopped around" by the Red Sox.
There's no room for Lavarnway in Boston with A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross on the roster and no room for him at Triple-A Pawtucket with Christian Vazquez and Daniel Butler expected to handle the catching duties there. If Lavarnway does wind up back at Pawtucket, he's expected to see most of his playing time at first base and DH.
Sirius XM's Jim Bowden reports that Jason Marquis (elbow) auditioned for the Padres Sunday.
Bowden says that Marquis was "impressive" in the throwing session. The veteran right-hander is seven months removed from Tommy John surgery and is expected to be game-ready by June. With Cory Luebke (elbow) out for the season and Joe Wieland's (elbow) status up in the air, the Padres could sign Marquis for depth purposes. The 35-year-old had a 4.05 ERA in 20 starts for San Diego last season.
Starlin Castro (hamstring) will run the bases Tuesday.
He'll have a better idea at that point when he'll be ready for game action. "I feel very close," Castro said. "Tomorrow is a big day, too." Castro, who added that his strained right hamstring is at about 80 percent, thinks he'll need 8-10 games to get ready for Opening Day.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Ross Detwiler will begin the season in the bullpen.
Detwiler probably has more upside than Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, but the Nats have decided that he'd be better utilized as the second left-hander in their bullpen. Williams said Detwiler was "not happy" to hear the news, but the skipper thinks the southpaw can be "special" in relief.
Nyjer Morgan (calf) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.
Morgan suffered a calf injury over the weekend but has made a quick recovery. With Michael Bourn's (calf) status up in the air, Morgan could have a shot a roster spot.
Justin Sellers will be sidelined for the next few days with a hip flexor injury.
It shouldn't affect his chances at an Opening Day roster spot, but Sellers was already probably a long shot.