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Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Alex Colome is "still very much a factor" for the No. 5 starter spot despite his visa issues.

Colome has yet to report to camp, but he's been throwing at the team's facility in the Dominican Republic. "Colome is getting his work in. We know that. We’ve had communication on that," Cash said. "As I’ve said the whole time, we’d like to have him here. I don’t think it’s fair to punish a guy for being held up, so he’s still very much a factor." Colome is viewed as the favorite for the No. 5 spot, at least until Matt Moore (elbow) return. Nate Karns, Matt Andriese and Burch Smith could get the spot if Colome slips up.
Mar 6 - 8:28 AM

Jeff Samardzija said Thursday that contract extension talks with the White Sox "hasn't even been a topic of conversation."

"We haven't come close to crossing that bridge," Samardzija added. "We're all working on getting the team where we want. That's our main goal." Jeff Samardzija's agent, Mark Rodgers, said last month that his client would consider an extension with the Pale Hose, but it doesn't appear at this point either side is anxious to get negotiations going. Samardzija will make $9.8 million in his final season before free agency.
Mar 5 - 11:15 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the club has yet to make a decision on Brandon Finnegan's role for the 2015 season.

Just a couple weeks ago, Moore indicated that Finnegan would develop in the minors as a starter. That could still be what the Royals end up doing, but the lefty being used in relief in the majors as he was down the stretch last season is apparently an option still being considered. "It's not a decision we have to make right now," Moore said. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."
Mar 5 - 9:11 PM

Hank Conger (wrist) will start Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

Conger missed a couple days with a sore left wrist, but he's fine. He's slated to back up Jason Castro this season.
Mar 5 - 9:06 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) is scheduled to throw live batting practice early next week.

Crain will throw his seventh bullpen session of the spring on Friday and he'll then be ready to face hitters. The veteran right-hander is coming off a missed season due to biceps and shoulder ailments but is aiming to be ready for Opening Day. "It's exciting and I've been feeling really well, but in the meantime, I'm not going to get too high until I get out there," said Crain.
Mar 5 - 8:56 PM

Mariners designated 1B Ji-Man Choi for assignment.

They needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of Edgar Olmos. Choi suffered a fractured right fibula on Wednesday and will be sidelined 4-6 month, so he could clear waivers.
Mar 5 - 8:37 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler was told by Hector Olivera's camp that a report saying their client has damage to his ulnar collateral ligament is "absolutely not true."

Both MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez and now Badler have both been told the report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is not true. Badler adds that Olivera's camp says their client has taken four physicals and passed them all. Sanchez was also told by a team linked to the infielder that they were unaware of any structural damage to Olivera's elbow. We should know soon who has the correct information. Olivera has not yet been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.
Mar 5 - 8:32 PM

White Sox released OF Tony Campana.

Campana signed a minor league deal back in November but tore his ACL last month. The White Sox have to pay for his surgery and rehab but went ahead and officially released him.
Mar 5 - 8:02 PM

Travis Wood struck out a pair over two perfect innings in Thursday's tie against the Athletics.

It's a nice beginning to his Cactus League schedule as Wood attempts to nail down the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation. The left-hander put up a disappointing 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season but is good enough to bounce back to be a solid back-end starter.
Mar 5 - 7:47 PM

Barry Zito yielded two runs on two hits over two innings of work against the Cubs on Thursday.

Zito struck out a pair and didn't walk anyone, but he was burned by a two-run shot delivered by Mike Olt in the second inning. The veteran left-hander is trying to return to the majors in 2015 after sitting out 2014, but he's facing an uphill battle to crack Oakland's Opening Day roster.
Mar 5 - 7:40 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt belted a two-run homer in Thursday's Cactus League tie against the Athletics.

Olt took veteran left-hander Barry Zito deep in the second inning. The 26-year-old showed power for the Cubs last season, launching 12 homers over just 258 plate appearances, but he hit only .160/.248/.356 overall. He'll compete for playing time at third base until Kris Bryant is ready.
Mar 5 - 7:35 PM

Trevor Cahill tossed two scoreless innings in Thursday's Cactus League victory over the Rockies.

Cahill permitted two hits, walked one and didn't strike out anyone but was able to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard. The veteran right-hander is competing for a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation but is also reportedly on the trade block.
Mar 5 - 7:31 PM

Braves signed RHP Peter Moylan to a minor league contract.

Moylan is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery and could be ready for game action by late April/early May, according to Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com. The submariner has a career 2.80 ERA, but he's 36 and the track record for pitchers return from two Tommy John surgeries isn't good.
Mar 5 - 7:29 PM

Jhoulys Chacin surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings versus the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

The right-hander struck out one in the effort. Chacin is looking for a bounce-back 2015 season after being limited to just 11 starts last year due to rotator cuff issues. He reported to camp feeling totally healthy.
Mar 5 - 7:25 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infielder Hector Olivera's representatives were "surprised" to hear the report about their client having a damaged ulnar collateral ligament.

Sanchez goes on to say that Olivera's reps are "unaware of any UCL damage" and that their client had a private workout for a club last week. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the news earlier Thursday that Olivera could need Tommy John surgery. We should find out before long who is right about the Cuban defector.
Mar 5 - 7:23 PM



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