An MRI came back clean on Matt Duffy's surgically-repaired left heel.
Duffy reported some improvement Tuesday after resting for four days in a cast, but he plans to take it "super slow" and there's no clear timetable for his return. It sounds like the Rays will have to get by without him for at least the first month of the season.
Marlins optioned C Tomas Telis to Triple-A New Orleans.
An expected cut with A.J. Ellis expected to serve as J.T. Realmuto's backup this season. Telis will provide some catching depth in Triple-A.
Marlins optioned LHP Justin Nicolino to Triple-A New Orleans.
This is an indication that Adam Conley will get the nod for the fifth starter job. Nicolino posted a 3.86 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances this spring, but there's not much upside here. He owns a 4.52 ERA with just 3.5 K/9 in the majors.
Marlins optioned LHP Hunter Cervenka to Triple-A New Orleans.
Cervenka put up a 4.66 ERA in 10 appearances during Grapefruit League action. The 27-year-old was acquired from the Braves last August and will serve as bullpen depth in the minors.
Marlins optioned RHP Brian Ellington to Triple-A New Orleans.
Ellington gave up five runs on 10 hits and 11 walks over 10 1/3 innings this spring. The hard-throwing right-hander has posted a 2.64 ERA in 55 appearances in the majors over the past two seasons, but there's no room for him in the Marlins' bullpen after their offseason additions. He should get a shot at some point down the line.
Astros optioned OF Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno.
Tucker just made his Grapefruit League debut after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder last September. The 26-year-old was the Opening Day DH last season, but he batted just .164/.222/.328 over 144 plate appearances with the Astros in 2016. He'll try to get back on track in the minors.
Red Sox reassigned RHP Kyle Kendrick to minor league camp.
This is an indication that the Red Sox think Drew Pomeranz will be good to go for the start of the regular season. Kendrick enjoyed a really good spring, putting up a 2.17 ERA and 26/4 K/BB ratio over 29 innings. He'll represent rotation depth in Triple-A.
Braves purchased the contract of LHP Eric O'Flaherty from Triple-A Gwinnett.
O'Flaherty has won a spot on the Braves' 40-man roster. A non-roster invitee this spring, the 32-year-old has posted a strong 1.69 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings during Grapefruit League action. It's been a rough couple of years for him, but he's feeling good after his elbow surgery last August. He'll function as a lefty specialist in his return to Atlanta's bullpen.