Rockies reassigned RHP Matt Carasiti, LHP Jerry Vasto and C Jan Vazquez to minor league camp.
No huge surprises among the group. Carasiti posted a 1.29 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 6/6 K/BB ratio in seven innings of Cactus League action. He should get a chance in the Rockies bullpen at some point during the 2017 campaign.
Marcus Semien was scratched from the Athletics' Cactus League starting lineup on Saturday due to illness.
Richie Martin will start in his place against the Reds. Expect Semien to return to game action in a day or two.
The MRI on the left biceps of Carlos Rodon came back clean on Friday, indicating no structural issues.
The young southpaw will receive a second opinion on Monday, but felt reassured by the results of the MRI. Rodon was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to tightness in his biceps. The club will exercise caution with him going forward and he's likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss a substantial amount of time.
Andre Ethier (back) is expected to receive a prognosis from his doctors on Saturday.
The veteran outfielder continues to battle a multitude of ailments and can't seem to get healthy. At this point, it's hard to count on him for much heading into 2017 as even when he gets on the field he'll be facing stiff competition for at-bats in the outfield.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rangers have also discussed a contract extension with Nomar Mazara.
They reportedly agreed to a six-year extension with Rougned Odor on Saturday and may not be finished with locking up their young stars. Unlike Odor though, there are no indications that a deal is close in this instance. Mazara hit .266/.320/.419 with 20 homers and 64 RBI in 145 games as a 21-year-old rookie in 2016.
Ian Kennedy will start the Royals' home opener on April 10 against the Athletics.
That means he'll also start the second game of the regular season against the Twins, following Danny Duffy who got the nod for Opening Day. Kennedy has been outstanding in Cactus League competition, firing 11 1/3 shutout innings with a 12/1 K/BB ratio.
Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Saturday that Danny Duffy will get the ball on Opening Day against the Twins in Minnesota.
Duffy has developed into the ace of the Royals' staff and is getting rewarded with the Opening Day nod after a terrific 2017 season where he registered a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179 2/3 innings. He still isn't getting the love he deserves in many fantasy drafts.
Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced Saturday that Yu Darvish will start on Opening Day against the Indians on April 3.
The decision ultimately came down to Darvish or Cole Hamels for the Opening Day honor. The right-hander has looked good in Cactus League competition, compiling a 2.54 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 17/8 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. With his massive strikeout potential, he's rightfully being selected as a top-10 starting pitcher in fantasy drafts.