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Royals reassigned RHP Dan Wheeler to minor league camp.

The 35-year-old right-hander was beat out by J.C. Gutierrez for the final spot in the Kansas City bullpen. Wheeler will serve as organizational relief depth in 2013.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 11:55:00 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Thursday that David Robertson has battled some general soreness this spring.

That might help explain Robertson's 7.71 Cactus League ERA. Ventura added that he's not concerned about the $46 million closer being ready for Opening Day, but this is obviously something to monitor. Robertson had a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings last season with the Yankees.
Mar 26 - 3:18 PM

Chris Tillman said Thursday that he doesn't want to discuss his contract with the Orioles beyond Opening Day.

So that's the deadline for the current negotiations between the O's and Tillman's agent. Tillman can't become a free agent until 2018, but the Orioles are interested in buying out his arbitration years (at the very least). The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 499 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Mar 26 - 3:11 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Jayson Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit.

"You do run out of time," Williams responded when asked whether Werth will be ready for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared for full-on live batting practice and seems highly doubtful to be active on April 6. Nate McLouth is also at risk of missing the opener due to a shoulder injury, so it could be Tyler Moore in left field for the Nats.
Mar 26 - 2:45 PM

Glen Perkins threw a perfect inning Thursday afternoon in a minor league game.

Perkins needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame and struck out two of the three batters he faced. The left-hander was slowed by an oblique strain earlier this spring, but it looks like he'll carry a clean bill of health into the regular season. Perkins should again have good value as a fantasy closer, even if the Twins don't win many games.
Mar 26 - 1:29 PM

Michael Brantley will be sidelined for the next couple of days due to back tightness.

Brantley was also bothered by back discomfort earlier this spring, but Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday that there isn't much concern. Brantley, 27, batted .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games last season. He ranks sixth among all MLB outfielders in our 2015 Rotoworld Draft Guide.
Mar 26 - 1:03 PM

Chris Archer has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter.

Alex Cobb would have been given the nod, but he's been slowed by some forearm tightness and probably won't be ready until mid-to-late April. Archer, 26, posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season for the Rays. Tampa Bay opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Orioles on April 6.
Mar 26 - 12:25 PM

Alex Rios will get the next two or three days off after jamming his thumb.

Rios jammed the same thumb last season, so the Royals are going to play it safe. The 34-year-old outfielder is batting .308 with three home runs and a .940 OPS in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League. He's had a rollercoaster career production-wise, but his fantasy ceiling is always pretty high.
Mar 26 - 11:43 AM

Koji Uehara (hamstring) will throw on flat ground Thursday and is lined up for a bullpen session this weekend.

The workouts should give the Red Sox a better idea about his status for the opening of the regular season. Uehara strained his left hamstring early last week while doing some conditioning work. If he's not ready come April 6, Edward Mujica would presumably fill in at closer for Boston.
Mar 26 - 10:14 AM

John Buck is retiring from baseball.

Buck spent this spring in Braves camp, but he wasn't going to crack their Opening Day roster and the 34-year-old catcher announced Thursday that he is hanging up his cleats for good. Buck batted .234/.301/.398 with 844 hits and 134 home runs in parts of 11 major league seasons. He was an American League All-Star in 2010.
Mar 26 - 9:55 AM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has acknowledged Michael Saunders (knee) won't be ready for Opening Day.

It's impressive that Saunders even made it close after undergoing surgery in late February on his left knee. He should be ready to rock by the middle of April and carries fantasy sleeper potential as the primary left fielder on what should be a potent Blue Jays squad. The 28-year-old hit .273 with eight homers and a .791 OPS in 78 games last season for the Mariners.
Mar 26 - 9:41 AM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

Delabar pitched pretty well this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he wasn't able make the cut for the Jays' Opening Day bullpen. The 31-year-old right-hander registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings last season for Toronto after being named an American League All-Star in 2013. He was pretty upset about Thursday's demotion.
Mar 26 - 9:29 AM




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