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Alexi Amarista told the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders that he was fine after being plunked above the left elbow in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

Amarista was lifted from Wednesday's contest after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch. He was checked out in the clubhouse sans issue. The Rockies could opt to give him a day or two off from spring work if they feel that he needs a little extra rest, but as matters currently stand, he looks like he will be fine moving forward.
Mar 22 - 6:22 PM

United States manager Jim Leyland said that Nate Jones will not be available for Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico.

Jones threw 19 pitches in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Japan. While he will not be available for Wednesday's championship tilt, Leyland said that all other bullpen hands will be ready to rock 'n' roll as the United States tries to secure its first win in the finals of the spring tournament. The game is set to begin at 9:00 EST.
Mar 22 - 6:16 PM

Alexi Amarista exited Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch on the left wrist/forearm.

Per the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders, after leaving the game, Amarista was walking around the dugout and did not seem to be in pain. This would appear to indicate that there is no major injury at play, here. The Rockies figure to clarify his status one way or another in the coming hours. Amarista signed with the club on a one-year, $1.25 million contract in mid-January.
Mar 22 - 6:10 PM

Reds optioned 1B/OF Christian Walker to Triple-A Louisville.

Walker has had himself a busy few weeks of late, as the Orioles designated him for assignment on February 21, after which he was claimed off waivers from the Braves on February 25. Atlanta subsequently designated him for assignment only for the Reds to pick the 25-year-old up off waivers on March 6. Plying his trade for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system last season, he slashed .264/.321/.437 with 18 homers and 64 RBI across 131 games played.
Mar 22 - 6:04 PM

Reds optioned OF Phillip Ervin to Triple-A Louisville; reassigned RHP Alejandro Chacin, RHP Evan Mitchell, C Chad Wallach, C Shawn Zarraga and INF Zach Vincej to minor league camp.

Ervin, 24, has yet to make his major league debut. That could come later this season if he impresses down on the farm. The former first-round pick spent the whole of the 2016 campaign at Double-A Pensacola, where he hit .239/.362/.399 with 13 homers, 45 RBI and 36 steals across 419 at-bats.
Mar 22 - 6:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

Tuivailala received a 12-appearance cup of coffee with the Cardinals last season. He failed to do much with the opportunity, surrendering six runs on 12 hits over nine innings. The 24-year-old right-hander could see additional work with the big league club as the season unfolds, but for now will return to Triple-A. Pitching at the lower level in 2016, he registered an unappealing 5.21 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but also boasted a strong 72 strikeouts in just 46 2/3 innings.
Mar 22 - 5:50 PM

Jered Weaver said that he has been working through a dead arm since his last bullpen session.

Weaver has come down with dead-arm in springs past and unless word surfaces to the contrary, this does not appear to be a serious concern. The Padres signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $3 million contract in mid-February. Weaver is looking to bounce back from a 2016 season in which he posted a 5.06 ERA in 31 starts.
Mar 22 - 5:43 PM

Seth Lugo has been green-lighted to throw up to 95 pitches in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against the United States.

In what turned out to be a sneak preview of Wednesday night's game, Lugo pitched against the United States on Friday. He surrendered three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in that one, but picked up the win nonetheless. Lugo will be opposed by Marcus Stroman in Wednesday's spring championship game.
Mar 22 - 5:31 PM
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