Dose: Holy 'Ghostface Ilya'

Dose: Holy 'Ghostface Ilya'
Ersan Ilyasova put on a show Thursday and should have been in all lineups. We break down the lone NBA game and hit News & Notes in Friday's Dose.
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Christian Vazquez (elbow) will undergo an MRI Friday.

Vazquez has been dealing with a sore right elbow for over a week and has been unable to get over the hump. He'll catch in a minor league game Friday but won't be allowed to throw to bases. At this point there's been no worry that Opening Day will be affected, but we'll have to wait and see what the MRI says.
Mar 27 - 9:33 AM

Braves optioned LHP Manny Banuelos to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Banuelos was a long shot to win a rotation spot after being acquired from the Yankees over the winter. The lefty isn't the top prospect he once was but still could be an intriguing guy and has a shot to spend time in the big league rotation this season.
Mar 27 - 9:25 AM

Braves optioned RHP Williams Perez to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Perez was touched up for nine runs over 6 1/3 innings this spring. The 23-year-old has yet to play at the Triple-A level, so some more seasoning is in order.
Mar 27 - 9:24 AM

Braves optioned OF Eury Perez to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Perez had a chance to win the center field job while Melvin Upton (foot) was out, but it appears Eric Young has topped him. The speedy outfielder will give the Braves depth in the minors.
Mar 27 - 9:22 AM

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Jace Peterson "is in line to play second base" for the Braves.

Alberto Callaspo has played better recently, but Peterson has looked better all spring and appears poised to wrestle the second base job away from the veteran. The news potentially has notable consequence in fantasy leagues, as Peterson stole 148 bases in 389 games in the minors and has hit over .300 there over the last two seasons. He's a deep league middle infield target.
Mar 27 - 9:12 AM

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Eric Young Jr. "appears to have the edge" in center field while Melvin Upton (foot) is out.

Even though Young is a poor defensive outfielder, it's not a surprise that he's leading the competition given his level of experience. He could even hit leadoff for the Braves for a while, giving him ample fantasy value with his ability on the basepaths. Eury Perez was optioned to Triple-A Friday, giving Young and even tighter grip on the job.
Mar 27 - 9:05 AM

Pirates optioned LHP Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis; re-assigned OFs Jose Tabata and Gorkys Hernandez, 3Bs Brent Morel and Deibinson Romero, INFs Steve Lombardozzi and Gustavo Nunez, RHPs Deolis Guerra, Josh Wall and Brad Lincoln, LHP Charlie Leesman and C Sebastian Valle to minor league camp.

Tabata is the biggest name here, but he wasn't expected to crack the Opening Day roster with Corey Hart, Andrew Lambo and Sean Rodriguez all capable of being backups in the outfield. LaFromboise struck out eight but allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 27 - 8:58 AM

Brian Duensing (quad) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Duensing has been battling a bruised left quad but is evidently over the ailment. He'll serve in middle relief for the Twins this season.
Mar 27 - 8:48 AM
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