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Reds reassigned RHP Armando Galarraga to minor league camp.

Galarraga pitched well in camp, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over four appearances, but he never had a real shot to head north with the big club. He'll give them some rotation depth at Triple-A.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 01:23:00 PM

Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

Niese got a late start to spring training while working his way back from knee surgery, which kept him from ever being under real consideration for one of the open spots in the Yankees' rotation. The club is open to the left-hander sticking around as depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he builds up stamina, although it's unclear whether Niese is considering that.
Mar 26 - 11:48 AM

Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) is back in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

Nunez has been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder all camp and had a cortisone shot Wednesday. He's in the designated hitter spot Sunday but hopefully should be ready to resume third base duties soon. Nunez is optimistic he'll be ready to go on Opening Day, but it probably can't be considered a given.
Mar 26 - 11:32 AM

Alex Cobb was scratched from a scheduled start in a minor league game Sunday due to lower back tightness.

It's obviously not ideal this close to Opening Day. There's no word yet on whether this could possible affect Cobb's ability to start the third game of the season as scheduled, but the Rays could have more on his status later Sunday. Cobb holds a 3.95 ERA over four starts this spring.
Mar 26 - 11:08 AM

Stephen Strasburg has been named the Nationals' Opening Day starter.

It's a no-brainer with Max Scherzer not quite ready for the opener (Scherzer is in line to start the Nats' third game). Strasburg will be making his fourth Opening Day start. He posted a 3.60 ERA and 183/44 K/BB ratio over 147 2/3 innings for the Nationals last season.
Mar 26 - 10:26 AM

Steven Matz will not make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow.

The Mets are adamant that Matz doesn't have anything structurally wrong, but general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that "it's worrisome that he continues to be injured." Matz had surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last October and also had Tommy John surgery a few years back. The left-hander won't undergo an MRI, and he's slated to play catch on Monday. Even if Matz progresses well over the next week, a disabled list stint would seem to be a distinct possibility. It would free up a spot in the Mets' rotation for Seth Lugo.
Mar 26 - 9:37 AM

Tigers released RHP Mark Lowe.

Lowe signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Tigers last winter but won't make it to the end of the deal (although the Tigers will still pay him). The veteran reliever struck out a batter per inning for Detroit last season but also posted an ugly 7.11 ERA over 54 appearances. He's put up a 5.19 ERA over nine appearances this spring. Lowe should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly now that he can be had at the veteran minimum.
Mar 26 - 9:01 AM

Andrew Toles rapped a grand slam off Jesse Hahn in Saturday's Cactus League win over the A's.

Toles came through for the granny against Hahn with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning. That well-timed home run was his first of the spring. He is set to start in left field for the Dodgers during the coming campaign. In a utility role last season, Toles slashed .314/.365/.505 with three homers and 19 RBI across 105 at-bats.
Mar 25 - 8:22 PM

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) took swings in the batting cage on Saturday.

He also did some light throwing. Despite the progress he's made, Kipnis is fully expected to begin the year on the disabled list and could miss an additional 3-4 weeks after that. With Kipnis on the shelf, Jose Ramirez will handle second base for the Tribe.
Mar 25 - 6:46 PM

Anibal Sanchez tossed six hitless, scoreless frames while striking out six batters but the Tigers still lost to the Pirates on Saturday.

He walked one batter and saw an error made behind him but was otherwise perfect. Sanchez was shelled in each of his first three games of the spring before making some mechanical adjustments. In three games since then he has been unscored upon. On March 9th his ERA was 17.47 and now it is down to 5.03 in 19 2/3 innings. He is battling Matt Boyd for the last rotation slot on the Tigers' staff. Sanchez turned in a rough 5.87 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 153 1/3 innings a year ago.
Mar 25 - 6:42 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Rangers have "tabled" extension talks with Jonathan Lucroy.

Wilson also had nothing to report on talks with Yu Darvish. Without extensions, both players will hit the market next winter. The two-time All-Star hit .267 while splitting time with Buster Posey behind the plate for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic. He'll earn $5.25 million in the last year of his deal.
Mar 25 - 6:15 PM

Kennys Vargas will undergo more testing on his bruised left foot.

Vargas fouled a ball off his left foot in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles. He's been getting around on crutches and still can't put any weight on his foot. "I can’t imagine him being ready here too quickly," said manager Paul Molitor. Vargas' availability for Opening Day looks to be in doubt.
Mar 25 - 6:03 PM




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