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  • Guerra gives up three over 5 1/3 vs. Rockies
    Junior Guerra gave up three runs in his 5 1/3 innings of work against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Guerra gave up runs in the second, third and fourth innings, and gave up eight hits on the afternoon. He was able to strike out four at least, and he only walked one hitter. He's pitched relatively well this spring, but it remains to be seen if he will be a member of the Milwaukee rotation to begin the 2018 season. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Lorenzen diagnosed with strain near shoulder
    Michael Lorenzen has been diagnosed with a strained teres major muscle near his right shoulder.

    Advice: Lorenzen will be shut down for several days and is almost certain to open the regular season on the disabled list. He had been projected to serve as a key member of the Reds' bullpen in 2018. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Mike Mayers perfect for two innings
    Mike Mayers got a start Tuesday and retired all six batters he faced against the Mets.

    Advice: Mayers has been the most pleasant surprise for the Cardinals this spring, striking out 12 and walking none in 11 scoreless innings. Roster spots are tight on the Cardinals right now, but he's made a strong case to make the team as a middle reliever. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Bud Norris gives up four runs to Mets
    Bud Norris gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Travis d'Arnaud homered off him for two of the runs. Norris has given up 11 runs and four homers in nine innings. His roster spot is probably secure, but the Cardinals might not want to pitch him in close games initially. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Luke Gregerson pitches perfect inning
    Luke Gregerson struck out two in a perfect inning against the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gregerson, who missed a couple of weeks with a minor oblique injury, has yet to allow a hit in three innings this spring. Barring a setback, it looks like he'll be the Cardinals' closer to begin the year. Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Joe Jimenez pitches perfect inning
    Joe Jimenez struck out two in a perfect inning of relief Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Jimenez gave up runs in his previous two outings. He's allowed three earned runs in eight innings for the spring. He's struck out 13, but he's also walked five. A candidate to be the Tigers' long-term closer, it's yet to be decided whether he'll open the season in the majors or in Triple-A. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • David Price strong for five in win
    David Price held the Pirates to two runs and three hits over five innings in a win Tuesday.

    Advice: Price struck out four and walked one in his second start of the spring. He's been effective both times out, and with no elbow setbacks, he should be climbing up draft lists. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Joe Musgrove gives up six runs to Red Sox
    Joe Musgrove was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Musgrove has struggled in a pair of starts since returning from shoulder discomfort, but it's not a big concern that he's behind the hitters as long as he's healthy. He has a chance to be a helpful mixed-league starter. Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • John Axford pitches scoreless inning
    John Axford worked a scoreless inning Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Axford seems to be in good position to claim a spot in the Jays pen; he's allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight this spring. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
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  • Mark Leiter diagnosed with flexor strain
    Mark Leiter has been diagnosed with a mild flexor strain in his right arm and is expected to be sidelined until late April or early May.

    Advice: Leiter flew to Philadelphia on Tuesday after complaining of tightness in his right forearm. This diagnosis is relatively good news, given that those symptoms can sometimes lead to Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old right-hander will open the 2018 season on the disabled list but could be an option for the Phillies' rotation once he gets himself back to full health. Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Santiago Casilla (shoulder) nearing return?
    Santiago Casilla (shoulder) hopes to return to Cactus League action this weekend.

    Advice: Casilla has been shut down for over a week due to tightness in his right shoulder, but the veteran reliever is optimistic that he will be ready for the beginning of the regular season. Casilla has been lit up for seven earned runs over just 4 2/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League. He's no longer on the fantasy radar. Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Diamondbacks release Antonio Bastardo
    Diamondbacks released LHP Antonio Bastardo.

    Advice: Bastardo posted a 3.18 ERA and 9/1 K/BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League, but he wasn't going to crack the Diamondbacks' Opening Day bullpen. The 32-year-old left-hander will try to latch on with a new organization before the beginning of the 2018 regular season. Yesterday, 9:28 am
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  • Mariners sign Erik Goeddel to minors deal
    Mariners signed RHP Erik Goeddel to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Goeddel was released by the Rangers on Monday evening and quickly scooped up by Seattle on Tuesday morning. The 29-year-old reliever holds a solid 3.96 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 104 2/3 career major league innings, though he struggled in 2017 with the Mets and had not looked good this spring in the Cactus League. Yesterday, 8:45 am
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  • Marlins option Sandy Alcantara to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned RHPs Sandy Alcantara and Nick Wittgren and OF Braxton Lee to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: With this batch of cuts, the Marlins are down to 42 players remaining in big league camp. There had been speculation that Alcantara, the prize of the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, could begin the season in the Marlins' rotation, but he'll get a bit more seasoning in the minors first. The 22-year-old posted a 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 11/6 K/BB ratio over 16 innings in Grapefruit League play. Yesterday, 6:30 am
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  • Blake Parker struggles again on Monday
    Blake Parker struggled again in Monday's Cactus League outing against the Mariners, allowing a run on two hits in his lone inning of work.

    Advice: Parker surrendered a solo homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The 32-year-old owns a disastrous 16.20 ERA on the spring and is doing his best to lose the closer's job before the regular season begins. Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Christian Bergman struggles against Angels
    Christian Bergman struggled in a losing effort against the Angels on Monday, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander fanned three while issuing one free pass on the night. He's a longshot to crack the Opening Day roster, but should see time with the M's in a swingman role at some point during the 2018 season. Monday, 9:46 pm
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  • Robert Stephenson fans five on Monday
    Robert Stephenson racked up five strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings against the Cubs in Cactus League play on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander surrendered two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. He has had a very difficult time this spring, pitching to a 7.71 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. Given his struggles, he's likely to begin the season at Triple-A. Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Liberatore optioned in Dodgers' round of cuts
    Dodgers optioned LHP Adam Liberatore and RHP Dylan Baker to Triple-A Oklahoma City; reassigned INFs Jake Peter and Donovan Solano to minor league camp.

    Advice: No real surprises among this round of cuts from Dodgers camp. Liberatore yielded seven runs -- six earned -- over 6 2/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League. Baker gave up four earned runs in three innings. Monday, 9:31 pm
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  • Carlos Estevez suffers setback with oblique
    Carlos Estevez suffered a setback in his recovery from a left oblique injury and will not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Estevez initially injured the oblique back in late February, though he told reporters Monday that he doesn't expect this to become a long-term thing. He should be ready around the middle of April. The 25-year-old right-hander is projected for a long relief role this season with the Rockies. Monday, 12:42 pm
  • Cardinals option John Gant to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned RHP John Gant to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: The 25-year-old hurler made a strong case for inclusion in the Opening Day bullpen, registering a 1.59 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 12/1 K/BB ratio across 11 1/3 innings in Grapefruit League action. Instead, he'll continue to function as rotation depth at Triple-A to begin the season. Monday, 5:04 am
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