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Braves reassigned RHP Michael Kohn to minor league camp.

Kohn walked eight batters in 8 1/3 innings this spring. He'll try to sort out his control issues at Triple-A.
Mar 30 - 10:16 AM

Braves optioned RHP Arodys Vizcaino to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Vizcaino was acquired from the Cubs back in November for infielder Tommy La Stella but didn't pitch well enough this spring to earn an Opening Day roster spot. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed eight earned runs in eight Grapefruit League innings.
Mar 30 - 10:14 AM

Carlos Villanueva has made the Cardinals' roster.

Villanueva will open the season in long relief, but he could be asked to handle some emergency spot starts if the St. Louis rotation is hit with more injuries. The versatile 31-year-old right-hander was signed to a minor league contract in early February.
Mar 30 - 10:09 AM

Red Sox placed C Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

This feels like confirmation that Vazquez is going to need season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals on Monday morning to back up Ryan Hanigan. And top prospect Blake Swihart may be put on the fast track.
Mar 30 - 10:06 AM

Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Tuesday in Rays camp.

It'll be his fourth bullpen session of the spring. McGee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow back in December and is expected to be on the disabled list for all of April. Brad Boxberger is looking like the fill-in closer in Tampa Bay.
Mar 30 - 10:03 AM

Matt Moore (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Moore is coming off a scheduled two-week break from his Tommy John surgery rehab. He's now in the home stretch and should become an option for the Rays' rotation around late May or early June. The 25-year-old left-hander had the elbow procedure last April.
Mar 30 - 10:01 AM

Drew Smyly (shoulder) has been cleared to throw live batting practice this Wednesday.

If that workout goes well, he'll face live hitters again on Saturday. And the next step would be a minor league rehab start. Smyly had to be shut down in early March with shoulder discomfort, but he is on track to join the Rays' starting rotation in mid-April. The 25-year-old left-hander posted a 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season for the Rays.
Mar 30 - 9:47 AM

Jaff Decker told reporters Monday morning that his left calf is "feeling a lot better."

Decker tweaked the calf Sunday in a Grapefruit League game when his cleats got caught while he was leaving the batter's box. He had to be helped off the field, but this doesn't sound like a major injury.
Mar 30 - 9:43 AM

Marlins optioned RHP Preston Claiborne to Triple-A New Orleans.

Claiborne had a very good showing this spring in the Grapefruit League, but the Marlins had no room for him on the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Yankees in December and should get a look at some point in Miami.
Mar 30 - 9:34 AM

Tigers reassigned C Manuel Pina to minor league camp.

James McCann will open the 2015 regular season as the backup to starting catcher Alex Avila. Bryan Holaday also got cut from Tigers camp on Monday morning.
Mar 30 - 9:32 AM

J.P. Arencibia was given a cortisone injection Monday for his injured right arm.

Arencibia has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain and will remain shut down for the next several days. He is not going to be on the Orioles' active roster when the regular season opens next week.
Mar 30 - 9:15 AM

Alex Cobb (forearm) will play catch again Monday.

Cobb resumed throwing on Saturday and felt fine. He's been slowed for the past couple of weeks by forearm tendinitis, but tests have ruled out structural damage and he should be ready to join the Rays' regular-season rotation by the end of April.
Mar 30 - 9:06 AM

Drew Smyly (shoulder) is expected to face live hitters in his next throwing session.

Smyly tossed another bullpen session on Sunday and felt fine. He told reporters that he's confident he'll be able to make his 2015 debut sometime in April. "It would be something that goes on, a setback for me to not pitch in April," said the left-hander.
Mar 30 - 9:02 AM

Red Sox acquired C Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash considerations.

Leon was out of options and doubtful to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. A much better opportunity awaits him in Boston, where he will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Christian Vazquez may be facing elbow surgery.
Mar 30 - 8:57 AM

Cody Asche is back in the Phillies' lineup Monday.

Asche sat out a few games with tightness in his back. He will start at third base on Opening Day.
Mar 30 - 8:53 AM



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