Cubs optioned OF Junior Lake to Triple-A Iowa.
Lake hit just .211/.246/.351 in 326 plate appearances for the Cubs last season. He'll serve as organizational depth.
Cubs optioned LHP Zach Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.
Rosscup struck out 12 in nine spring innings. He was shelled during several cups of coffee for the Cubs last season, but has put up nice minor league numbers. The 27-year-old will continue to refine his game in the minors.
Cubs optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa.
Schlitter's been smacked around in spring training, to the tune of nine runs in eight innings. He pitched respectably for the Cubs in 2014 when he posted an ERA of 3.61 with a 1.367 WHIP. He'll serve as organizational depth for the time being.
Chris Denorfia (hamstring) ran the bases on Wednesday.
The outfielder suffered the injury on March 17. Denorfia has yet to be cleared for game action, but he's starting to ramp up his activity in an attempt to test a sore left hamstring. He took batting practice on Tuesday and was seen running on Wednesday. It's still unlikely he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Kyle Gibson (illness) will move his bullpen session back to Thursday.
Gibson was scratched from his scheduled start on Monday due to illness. He's pushing his bullpen to Thursday as he continues to recover, but nothing has changed long-term. He remains slotted in as the Twins' fourth starter.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Ryan Braun was experiencing a slight tightness in his hamstring.
Roenicke doesn't consider it to be serious. Braun underwent October thumb surgery, but the thumb's healed up nicely and so long as the hamstring is a non-issue, he looks like he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Brady Penny missed Wednesday's Cactus League start with an illness.
He was replaced by Scott Carroll. Penny is in the hunt for a spot in the White Sox rotation, but you know what you're getting with the veteran at this point. He's logging a 6.89 ERA this spring. That is what you are getting.
Didi Gregorius (wrist) noted that the swelling in his wrist was subsiding.
Gregorius should be able to play on Thursday. He took part in fielding drills and batting practice on Wednesday and reported full range of motion in the wrist. This is a good sign for the Yankees, who are hopeful that Gregorius will be all-systems-go for Opening Day.