Vance Worley will begin the season in the bullpen.
Meanwhile, Jeff Locke has secured a rotation spot. Worley entered spring training as the favorite and posted a 5.29 ERA with an 11/1 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. We're surprised to see it go down this way, but odds are Worley will still make a bunch of starts this season.
Jeff Locke has won a spot in the Pirates' starting rotation.
It's a bit of a surprise, as many thought that Vance Worley would begin the year in the rotation while Locke would pitch out of the bullpen, but the situation will actually be flip-flopped. Locke has a 6.59 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings this spring.
Nationals signed OF Reed Johnson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Johnson was just granted his release by the Marlins on Monday and it didn't take him long to find a new opportunity. The 38-year-old batted just .235/.266/.348 with two home runs in 201 plate appearances last season with Miami, but he could have an outside chance to make the Nats' Opening Day roster given their injury issues in the outfield.
Casey Janssen was diagnosed with right rotator cuff tendinitis after undergoing an MRI.
Janssen reported some discomfort after his most recent Grapefruit League appearance last week, so the Nats decided to get him checked out. It's not a long-term concern, but Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Opening Day is a question mark.
Drew Storen left Monday's Grapefruit League game due to a blister on his right foot.
That's a sigh of relief for the Nationals, who are dealing with all sorts of bumps and bruises at the moment. Storen, who is expected to serve as Nats' closer this season, should be fine by the time Opening Day rolls around.
Lucas Duda drove in five runs with a homer and a double Monday in the Mets' 7-1 defeat of the Marlins.
Duda started the spring 4-for-31 with one RBI. In his last three games, he's 7-for-11 with two homers and nine RBI. We'd call that a rapid improvement.
Rafael Montero blanked the Marlins for six innings, striking out six, in a win Monday.
No wonder the Mets are thinking about trading Dillon Gee. Montero probably won't be in the rotation if Gee sticks around, but he is the more interesting of the two in NL-only leagues. If Gee does get traded, Montero might even be a mixed-league sleeper.
Anthony Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his left knee.
Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his knee on March 9, but he continues to feel discomfort and went to Andrews to get some answers. The Nationals are still waiting on his diagnosis, but obviously they need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will be without him for the early part of the season.