Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Ross Detwiler will begin the season in the bullpen.
Detwiler probably has more upside than Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, but the Nats have decided that he'd be better utilized as the second left-hander in their bullpen. Williams said Detwiler was "not happy" to hear the news, but the skipper thinks the southpaw can be "special" in relief.
Nyjer Morgan (calf) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.
Morgan suffered a calf injury over the weekend but has made a quick recovery. With Michael Bourn's (calf) status up in the air, Morgan could have a shot a roster spot.
Justin Sellers will be sidelined for the next few days with a hip flexor injury.
It shouldn't affect his chances at an Opening Day roster spot, but Sellers was already probably a long shot.
Indians optioned LHPs Scott Barnes and Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus; reassigned RHPs Travis Banwart, Tyler Cloyd, and J.C. Ramirez and LHP Mike Zagurski to minor league camp.
No surprises here. With Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman slated to serve as the club's southpaws in the bullpen, there was no room for Barnes and Hagadone.
Michael Bourn (hamstring) will miss at least the next week and is questionable for Opening Day.
Bourn was removed from Sunday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. The Indians are calling the ailment minor, but it's certainly a concern after the outfielder had surgery on the same hamstring last October. Bourn also has yet to attempt a stolen base this spring. Michael Brantley would surely shift over to center field if Bourn isn't ready.
Blue Jays prospect Aaron Sanchez had another strong outing on Sunday, allowing five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four scoreless innings against the Orioles.
The 21-year-old has had an eye-opening spring in major league camp, as he's yet to allow an earned run in seven innings spanning three appearances. That also doesn't include his outing on March 11 against the Canada junior national team, when the right-hander pitched four scoreless innings and struck out seven in relief. Sanchez is ticketed for Double-A to begin the season, but if he continues to make strides in his development, the Blue Jays may consider promoting him later in the summer.
Marlins prospect LHP Adam Conley was shelled for four earned runs on four hits and walk in one inning on Sunday against the Yankees.
Conley, 23, was having a solid spring in major league camp and yet to allow an earned run through his first four outings (four innings total). However, the left-hander's forgettable appearance on Sunday bumped his ERA to 7.20 on the spring. Conley spent the entire 2013 season at Double-A Jacksonville, where he posted a 3.25 ERA and 129-37 K/BB ratio in 138.2 innings spanning 25 starts. He'll likely begin the upcoming season at Triple-A and could be ready for an audition in the major leagues later in the year.
Padres pitching prospect Max Fried (forearm) will play catch on Monday.
Fried was shut down after dealing with forearm soreness last month, but the move was viewed as precautionary. The Padres will bring the young lefty along slowly, so expect him to miss the beginning of the minor league season.