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Steven Matz (elbow) threw on flat ground from about 70 feet Monday morning in Mets camp.

Matz has been scratched from his final Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow. And while the Mets are claiming this is a minor issue, the left-hander needed surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last October and he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, after being drafted in the second round in 2009. Matz figures to open the 2017 regular season on the 10-day disabled list.
Mar 27 - 9:36 AM

Cuban outfielder Luis Robert will hold an open showcase this Thursday in the Dominican Republic.

Robert is still waiting for Major League Baseball to declare him a free agent. The hope is it will happen before June 15, when the 2016-2017 signing period officially closes and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement rules are set in place. Those rules will put a hard cap on bonus pools, and teams like the Cardinals, Padres, Astros, Braves, and Nationals -- teams that have spent big money on the international market over the last 10 months -- will essentially be eliminated from signing Robert. Just about every MLB club is thought to have interest in the dynamic 19-year-old.
Mar 27 - 9:29 AM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's not concerned about Francisco Cervelli's right foot soreness.

Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, but it was a precautionary move. "Just in terms of the travel, in terms of the amount of work he did [Saturday] with the triple, with the stolen base and making sure we put him in a position to be strong and healthy come Opening Day," Huntington explained.
Mar 27 - 9:18 AM

Nationals released RHP Matt Albers.

Albers tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he still wasn't able to secure a spot in the Nationals' bullpen. The 34-year-old right-hander inked a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Washington in late January after posting a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2016.
Mar 27 - 9:14 AM

Nationals released RHP Joe Nathan.

Nathan asked to opt out of his minor league contract with the Nationals on Monday morning after being informed that he would not be on the Opening Day roster. He posted a 3.86 ERA with nine strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings this spring. The 42-year-old should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly.
Mar 27 - 9:11 AM

Alejandro De Aza is expected to opt out of his contract with the Athletics.

De Aza signed a non-guaranteed minor league deal in January that would have paid him a $1.75 million salary if he were to crack the A's major league roster, but it looks like Mark Canha and Jaff Decker will be the backup outfielders in Oakland. There should be something more official by Monday afternoon.
Mar 27 - 8:45 AM

Red Sox optioned INF Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Marrero entered camp with only an outside shot at claiming an Opening Day roster spot. The former top prospect holds a weak .200/.257/.246 career batting line in 70 plate appearances at the major league level.
Mar 27 - 8:34 AM

Red Sox optioned C Blake Swihart to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Christian Vazquez will back up Sandy Leon in Boston, at least to open the season. Swihart, 24, is a .271/.328/.386 career hitter at the major league level.
Mar 27 - 8:31 AM
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