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Phillies placed LHP Joe Savery on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 14, with left elbow stiffness.

Savery hasn't appeared in a game with the Phillies since the All-Star break and will now get an extended rest. Raul Valdes will replace him in the team's bullpen.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:25:00 AM

Royals optioned OF/DH Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Omaha.

O'Brien has been one of the best players in the Cactus League this spring, boasting a 1.127 OPS with seven home runs in 51 at-bats, but he was always a longshot to crack the Opening Day roster. If something goes wrong with Brandon Moss, or he isn't hitting left-handed pitching, look for O'Brien to get the call as DH help.
Mar 27 - 1:48 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Scott Kazmir (hip) will open the season on the disabled list.

Kazmir again struggled with velocity and effectiveness in his return to Cactus League play Sunday versus the Rangers, yielding three earned runs on five walks and three hits over just three innings. "It's something with the hip," Roberts told the media on Monday morning. There is no timetable for Kazmir's 2017 debut.
Mar 27 - 1:09 PM

Tyler Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm.

That's not good news for a guy who hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 1. He's been working through a dead arm phase, and this trapezius spasm -- even if it turns out to be minor -- could steer him toward the disabled list ahead of Opening Day. Thornburg was acquired from the Brewers in December after registering a brilliant 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings last season.
Mar 27 - 1:04 PM

Jeurys Familia is expected to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday regarding his offseason domestic violence incident.

Familia left Mets camp on Sunday night and flew to New York for the meeting. Manfred is almost certain to levy some sort of suspension on the 27-year-old closer, who was accused (but ultimately not charged) of assaulting his wife on October 31 in New Jersey. Addison Reed is in position to open the 2017 regular season as the Mets' primary ninth-inning man.
Mar 27 - 11:47 AM

Adrian Beltre is out of the Rangers' Cactus League lineup on Monday due to a tight right calf muscle.

Beltre suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left calf early on in Rangers camp. This right calf injury is not considered as serious, but we are just one week from Opening Day. Look for another status update Tuesday.
Mar 27 - 11:36 AM

Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list.

His disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March so that he might only have to sit out one week of regular-season games. Soler, acquired this winter from the Cubs for closer Wade Davis, was batting just .143/.254/.286 through 59 plate appearances in this year's Cactus League. Terrance Gore now projects to make the Royals' roster out of camp.
Mar 27 - 11:31 AM

Raul Mondesi has been named the Royals' starting second baseman.

Royals manager Ned Yost made that announcement Monday morning in camp. Mondesi batted just .185/.231/.281 over his first 149 plate appearances in 2016, though he did also steal nine bases. The 21-year-old carries some AL-only fantasy appeal in his new starting job. Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon will continue to battle for bench spots.
Mar 27 - 11:26 AM

Kevin Gausman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Orioles.

Gausman will take the mound April 3 at Camden Yards against the visiting Blue Jays. Dylan Bundy is scheduled follow him in the O's second regular-season game. Gausman, 26, boasts a 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 13/2 K/BB ratio in 10 innings (three starts) this spring in the Grapefruit League and brings considerable fantasy upside into 2017.
Mar 27 - 10:58 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he's planning to meet with pitching coach Mike Maddux and GM Mike Rizzo on Monday night to discuss the closer situation.

Koda Glover has looked like the frontrunner for the past couple of weeks, but he got lit up in his last Grapefruit League appearance Friday against the Cardinals, watching his spring ERA jump from 1.13 to 3.72. Shawn Kelley makes for a pretty good fallback option for the Nats as a guy coming off a 2.64 ERA and 80/11 K/BB ratio over 58 innings in 2016, though he still carries some durability concerns. There should be more clarity by the middle of this week.
Mar 27 - 10:52 AM

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Monday that Steven Matz is working on shortening his arm angle to put "less bang" on his troublesome left elbow.

Altering pitching mechanics to compensate for discomfort in a specific area is often how minor injuries turn into major injuries. Matz has been scratched from his final turn in the Grapefruit League rotation due to irritation in his left elbow, and he felt some lingering tightness Monday while throwing on flat ground from 70 feet. The young southpaw is ticketed for the 10-day disabled list to open the 2017 regular season. Seth Lugo is probably going to take his spot.
Mar 27 - 10:40 AM

Cuban outfielder Luis Robert will hold an open showcase this Thursday in the Dominican Republic.

Robert is still waiting for Major League Baseball to declare him a free agent. The hope is it will happen before June 15, when the 2016-2017 signing period officially closes and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement rules are set in place. Those rules will put a hard cap on bonus pools, and teams like the Cardinals, Padres, Astros, Braves, and Nationals -- teams that have spent big money on the international market over the last 10 months -- will essentially be eliminated from signing Robert. Just about every MLB club is thought to have interest in the dynamic 19-year-old.
Mar 27 - 9:29 AM




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