Eddie Butler (shoulder) is still in the mix for a spot in the Rockies' starting rotation.
Butler, along with Christian Bergman, Jon Gray and Chad Bettis, are fighting for a finite number of spots in the rotation, and as of Wednesday nothing had been decided. Right shoulder fatigue threatened Butler's chances, but he threw long toss on Wednesday and Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the session went better than expected. Butler and Gray have the most long-term potential of the four, but it appears to be a toss-up as to who gets the job at this point.
An MRI shows Brendan Ryan has a Grade 2 right calf strain.
That's pretty serious, and the severity was underlined by the Yankees' expedience in acquiring shortstop Gregorio Petit from the Astros. Ryan will start the year on the disabled list, and it's unclear at this point how long the strain will keep him sidelined.
Rafael Ynoa has made the Rockies' Opening Day roster.
The infielder made the club by hitting .300/.323/.350 this spring. He'll serve in a utility role with the Rockies.
Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Rafael Betancourt from Triple-A Albuquerque.
The former Rockies closer has enjoyed a career resurgence this spring following Tommy John surgery, posting a 1.04 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings of work. With Rex Brothers in the minors, Betancourt could even work his way into a setup role for closer LaTroy Hawkins. It's worth remembering for those in fantasy leagues that count holds.
Rockies optioned OF Brandon Barnes to Triple-A Albuquerque; reassigned RHP Scott Oberg and OF Matt McBride to minor league camp.
Barnes, working with an overhauled swing, batted just .229/.362/.250 this spring. He was the victim of a numbers crunch as the Rockies had to cut down to 25 players, but Barnes should be up in Colorado at some point this year.
Rockies optioned LHP Rex Brothers to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Brothers was never right this spring, getting a late start to game action for what Rockies manager Walt Weiss said were "mechanical things" and posting an 8.22 ERA with six walks in 7 2/3 Cactus League innings. His stay in the minors may be temporary -- he's one of the Rockies' best relievers when he's locked in -- but it's an unexpected move at present.
Yankees acquired SS Gregorio Petit from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Petit wasn't going to break camp with the Astros, but he'll have a shot to be a backup infielder with the Brendan Ryan-less Yankees. The trade is indicative of how serious Ryan's calf strain might be. Petit, 30, batted .278/.300/.423 in 37 games with the Astros last season.
Carlos Sanchez has made the White Sox' Opening Day roster.
Sanchez is viewed as the runner-up for the second base job, but a .436 batting average in Cactus League play didn't hurt his cause. White Sox manager Robin Ventura is expected to name an Opening Day starter at the keystone on Sunday. Micah Johnson is still the odds-on favorite for the job.