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Diamondbacks reassigned RHP Rubby De La Rosa, OF Reymond Fuentes, C Hank Conger, and INF/OF Kristopher Negron to minor league camp.

An unsurprising round of Monday morning cuts from Diamondbacks camp. De La Rosa underwent two rounds of stem-cell therapy over the offseason as he attempts to avoid Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. It's not clear what the exact plan is for him in early 2017, but he figures to report to Triple-A Reno once he's healthy.
Mar 27 - 11:59 AM

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

Colin Rea (elbow) is scheduled to begin playing catch on Opening Day.

Rea was initially aiming to start a throwing program in early March, but the Padres backed him off that plan for precautionary reasons. The right-hander is working his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the entire 2017 season.
Mar 27 - 11:43 AM

Reds released OF Ryan Raburn.

Raburn showed decent power this spring, cranking three home runs in 32 at-bats in Cactus League play, but he was always a longshot to make the Reds' roster out of camp. The soon-to-be 36-year-old outfielder will try to latch on with another organization.
Mar 27 - 11:38 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

Tom Gorzelanny was sent for tests on his left shoulder Monday.

Gorzelanny hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 16 due to left shoulder discomfort. He was sporting a rough 9.45 ERA through 6 2/3 innings this spring. The veteran southpaw is in Mets camp on a non-guaranteed minor league contract, having registered a 21.00 ERA in seven relief appearances last season with the Indians.
Mar 27 - 10:19 AM

Sean Gilmartin (shoulder) faced live hitters on Monday morning in Mets camp.

Gilmartin hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 8 due to shoulder trouble and can probably be ruled out for Opening Day. The left-hander was a longshot for the Mets' roster anyway after posting an awful 7.13 ERA in 17 2/3 innings last season at the major league level.
Mar 27 - 10:09 AM

Steven Matz (elbow) threw on flat ground from about 70 feet Monday morning in Mets camp.

Matz has been scratched from his final Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow. And while the Mets are claiming this is a minor issue, the left-hander needed surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last October and he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, after being drafted in the second round in 2009. Matz figures to open the 2017 regular season on the 10-day disabled list, with Seth Lugo likely taking his rotation spot.
Mar 27 - 9:36 AM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's not concerned about Francisco Cervelli's right foot soreness.

Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, but it was a precautionary move. "Just in terms of the travel, in terms of the amount of work he did [Saturday] with the triple, with the stolen base and making sure we put him in a position to be strong and healthy come Opening Day," Huntington explained.
Mar 27 - 9:18 AM

Nationals released RHP Matt Albers.

Albers tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he still wasn't able to secure a spot in the Nationals' bullpen. The 34-year-old right-hander inked a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Washington in late January after posting a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2016.
Mar 27 - 9:14 AM

Nationals released RHP Joe Nathan.

Nathan asked to opt out of his minor league contract with the Nationals on Monday morning after being informed that he would not be on the Opening Day roster. He posted a 3.86 ERA with nine strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings this spring. The 42-year-old should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly.
Mar 27 - 9:11 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have recently scouted Wily Peralta and may have interest in acquiring the right-hander.

The Rangers are in the market for upgrades to their starting rotation, preferably one that would be under team control for several seasons, and Peralta fits the bill. The 27-year-old right-hander finished the 2016 season strong and has pitched well in Cactus League play this spring. He's in line to earn $4.28 million in 2017 and is under team control through the 2021 season.
Mar 26 - 10:43 PM

Greg Holland is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back Cactus League games for the first time on Monday and Tuesday.

The veteran right-hander, who is now expected to begin the season as the Rockies' closer, owns a 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 6/2 K/BB ratio across 3 2/3 innings so far in Cactus League play. His health is certainly a concern, but Holland looks to be a considerable bargain in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 26 - 10:00 PM

The Reds are expected to carry a second left-hander in their Opening Day bullpen, with either Lucas Luetge or Wandy Peralta joining Tony Cingrani.

Luetge, a non-roster invitee, owns a 1.93 ERA in what has been an impressive spring and looks like the leading candidate for the role. He won't hold any fantasy value though outside of deep NL-only formats that count holds.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 26 - 9:17 PM



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