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  • Rockies option lefty Rex Brothers to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned LHP Rex Brothers to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Brothers was never right this spring, getting a late start to game action for what Rockies manager Walt Weiss said were "mechanical things" and posting an 8.22 ERA with six walks in 7 2/3 Cactus League innings. His stay in the minors may be temporary -- he's one of the Rockies' best relievers when he's locked in -- but it's an unexpected move at present.
    Today, 5:37 pm
  • Mario Hollands getting more tests on elbow
    Mario Hollands (elbow) will undergo another ultrasound on his common flexor tendon this week.

    Advice: Hollands was hoping to have more clarity on his injured elbow after a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, but Andrews had trouble getting a clear reading on Hollands' MRI Monday. The Phillies' team physician has already recommended season-ending surgery to repair the strain in his elbow. Either way, Hollands won't be back with the Phillies any time soon.
    Today, 4:40 pm
  • Carroll pitches well again versus Mariners
    Scott Carroll pitched well again Wednesday, limiting the Mariners to two hits and one run in 2 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Carroll has been good all spring, as his outing left his Cactus League ERA at 1.59. The right-hander didn't walk or strike out a batter. Carroll isn't a consideration for a rotation spot, but he might have won himself a bullpen job with the good showing.
    Today, 4:29 pm
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  • Steven Wright gives up four runs to Jays
    Pitching on three days' rest, Steven Wright gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings versus the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Of course, pitching on three days' rest shouldn't be too much trouble for a knuckleballer. Wright, though, has been ineffective in back-to-back outings, leading to some doubt over whether he'll be Boston's fifth starter if Joe Kelly lands on the disabled list. Kelly is on the road back anyway, so the Red Sox might need an extra starter just once.
    Today, 2:34 pm
  • Carlos Martinez goes six scoreless vs. Mets
    Carlos Martinez blanked the Mets for six innings, allowing just three hits, in the Cardinals' 5-4 win Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez also legged out an infield single after Wilmer Flores chose to hang back on his bouncer to shortstop. Martinez, named the Cardinals' fifth starter Monday, is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings this spring. Because of his upside, he shouldn't be left unowned in any mixed leagues.
    Today, 2:27 pm
  • Alexi Ogando gives up three runs to Twins
    Alexi Ogando surrendered three runs while retiring just two of the eight batters he faced Wednesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Ogando had impressed as of late, allowing one hit and no walks over four scoreless innings in his previous four appearances. This one, though, won't help his chances of beginning the season in a key role in the Boston pen. He will be on the team; it just remains to be seen whether he can help as a setup man or not.
    Today, 1:59 pm
  • Rondon scratched Wed. due to sore shoulder
    Bruce Rondon was scratched from a scheduled appearance Wednesday due to shoulder soreness.

    Advice: It's obviously a bad time for the 24-year-old flame-thrower to be developing an arm injury. Rondon may now be in danger of missing the start of the regular season. "If he can’t pitch, obviously it’s a lot tougher to be on the team," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday. "From that sense, it’s a big concern."
    Today, 1:19 pm
  • Blake Treinen throws perfect inning
    Blake Treinen fanned two in a perfect inning Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: With Casey Janssen out of the mix for now, it should come down to Treinen or Aaron Barrett for eighth-inning duties in D.C. Treinen, who would have competed for a rotation spot on practically any other team this spring, has allowed three runs -- one earned -- in 10 1/3 innings out of the pen this spring.
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • Outman has left shoulder examined
    Josh Outman is having his shoulder examined in Atlanta.

    Advice: The left shoulder began barking at Outman after he pitched on Thursday. The Braves signed the lefty to a one-year contract back in January. When healthy, he acts as a left-handed specialist. Between the Indians and Yankees last season, Outman held a 2.86 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 16 walks in 28 1/3 innings.
    Today, 12:49 pm
  • Padres reassign Mateo, Pena and Lane
    Padres reassigned RHP Marcos Mateo, LHP Jason Lane and INF Ramiro Pena to minor league camp.

    Advice: No huge names here. Mateo and Lane were bullpen hopefuls, while Ramiro Pena was looking for a bench utility role. The three will serve as organizational depth for the Padres.
    Today, 12:16 pm
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  • Jake Petricka (forearm) plays catch
    Jake Petricka (forearm) played catch Wednesday.

    Advice: Petricka said afterward that he felt like he was "on the right track." He'll open the season on the disabled list, but an MRI on his sore forearm showed no structural damage. The earliest Petricka might be available for the White Sox would be April 11. Once healthy, he'll serve as set-up man to new closer David Robertson. Zach Putnam and Javy Guerra will share 8th inning duties until Petricka has recovered.
    Today, 12:03 pm
  • Cubs option Zach Rosscup to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned LHP Zach Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Rosscup struck out 12 in nine spring innings. He was shelled during several cups of coffee for the Cubs last season, but has put up nice minor league numbers. The 27-year-old will continue to refine his game in the minors.
    Today, 10:54 am
  • Cubs option Schlitter to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Schlitter's been smacked around in spring training, to the tune of nine runs in eight innings. He pitched respectably for the Cubs in 2014 when he posted an ERA of 3.61 with a 1.367 WHIP. He'll serve as organizational depth for the time being.
    Today, 10:51 am
  • Jesse Crain reassigned to minors camp
    White Sox reassigned RHP Jesse Crain to minor league camp.

    Advice: Crain's been dealing with a cranky shoulder over the last few weeks. He'll continue his rehab at the minor league level. The righty hasn't thrown off the mound since March 18 and has said that he doesn't want to rush his recovery.
    Today, 9:16 am
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  • Astros place Josh Fields (groin) on DL
    Astros placed RHP Josh Fields on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a right groin strain.

    Advice: Fields is progressing in his recovery, but has not thrown off the mound in the last week. Once he begins throwing off the mound, it will be easier for the team to assess how quickly the right-hander might move toward major league readiness. As of now, there's no timetable for his return.
    Today, 8:51 am
    15-Day DL
  • Twins option Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A
    Twins optioned LHP Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Thielbar was knocked around for 19 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 11 spring innings. He's better than those numbers, though, putting up a 2.59 ERA with a 74/30 K/BB in 94 innings over the last two seasons. If the team needs an extra lefty in the bullpen at some point, they could do a lot worse. As of now, Brian Duensing is the only left-hander in their bullpen outside of closer Glen Perkins.
    Today, 6:54 am
  • Barnes (food poisoning) to pitch Thursday
    Matt Barnes (food poisoning) is scheduled to pitch on Thursday.

    Advice: Nothing to see here. If Barnes makes the Red Sox Opening Day roster, it will be as a reliever, but he's likely to begin the season in Triple-A.
    Today, 5:59 am
  • Phillies reassign Aumont to minors camp
    Phillies reassigned RHP Phillippe Aumont to minor league camp.

    Advice: As Aumont was out of options, his reassignment means that he cleared waivers. This is at least somewhat surprising, as the 26-year-old was once a relatively highly touted prospect and boasted a 10.6 K/9 in the minors last season. Despite the arm talent, he's yet to sip more than a few cups of coffee at the major league level.
    Today, 5:52 am
  • Aaron Crow faces likely Tommy John surgery
    An MRI on Aaron Crow's elbow revealed a tear that will likely result in Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Crow pitched eight innings for the Marlins in Spring Training before he was shut down with the arm injury. The pitcher was acquired from the Royals over the off-season. In 2014, he posted a 4.12 ERA and a 1.288 WHIP over 59 relief innings. Assuming Tommy John, he'll miss the entirety of the 2015 season.
    Today, 5:47 am
  • Astros option Kevin Chapman to Triple-A
    Astros optioned LHP Kevin Chapman to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Chapman pitched 21 and 1/3 innings for the Astros in 2014, putting up a 4.64 ERA and a WHIP of 1.547. While he's shown the ability to record solid numbers in the minors, the lefty isn't likely to see many high-leverage situations in the majors until he refines his control.
    Today, 5:25 am
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