Drew Smyly (shoulder) has been cleared to throw live batting practice this Wednesday.
If that workout goes well, he'll face live hitters again on Saturday. And the next step would be a minor league rehab start. Smyly had to be shut down in early March with shoulder discomfort, but he is on track to join the Rays' starting rotation in mid-April. The 25-year-old left-hander posted a 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season for the Rays.
Jaff Decker told reporters Monday morning that his left calf is "feeling a lot better."
Decker tweaked the calf Sunday in a Grapefruit League game when his cleats got caught while he was leaving the batter's box. He had to be helped off the field, but this doesn't sound like a major injury.
Marlins optioned RHP Preston Claiborne to Triple-A New Orleans.
Claiborne had a very good showing this spring in the Grapefruit League, but the Marlins had no room for him on the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Yankees in December and should get a look at some point in Miami.
Tigers reassigned C Manuel Pina to minor league camp.
James McCann will open the 2015 regular season as the backup to starting catcher Alex Avila. Bryan Holaday also got cut from Tigers camp on Monday morning.
J.P. Arencibia was given a cortisone injection Monday for his injured right arm.
Arencibia has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain and will remain shut down for the next several days. He is not going to be on the Orioles' active roster when the regular season opens next week.
Alex Cobb (forearm) will play catch again Monday.
Cobb resumed throwing on Saturday and felt fine. He's been slowed for the past couple of weeks by forearm tendinitis, but tests have ruled out structural damage and he should be ready to join the Rays' regular-season rotation by the end of April.
Drew Smyly (shoulder) is expected to face live hitters in his next throwing session.
Smyly tossed another bullpen session on Sunday and felt fine. He told reporters that he's confident he'll be able to make his 2015 debut sometime in April. "It would be something that goes on, a setback for me to not pitch in April," said the left-hander.
Red Sox acquired C Sandy Leon from the Nationals.
Leon was out of options and doubtful to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. A much better opportunity awaits him in Boston, where he will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Christian Vazquez may be facing elbow surgery.