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Date Player
3/31/2015 Jake Petricka, P (CWS), P
Petricka will begin the season on the disabled list due to a forearm injury.

Analysis: He'll be eligible to return on April 11.
3/30/2015 Justin Verlander, P (Det), P
Verlander will miss his scheduled spring training start Thursday but hopes to take his first scheduled regular-season turn for the Detroit Tigers on April 8 against Minnesota.

Analysis: The 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP left Friday's exhibition outing with a cramp in his right triceps. He threw on Sunday but still had soreness on Monday.
3/30/2015 Carlos Martinez, P (StL), P
The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez as their fifth starter. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the announcement about the rotation on Monday.

Analysis: The 23-year-old Martinez went 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 57 games for the NL Central champions last year. The right-hander made seven starts.
3/30/2015 Matt Reynolds, P (Ari), P
The Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned right-handers Allen Webster and A.J. Schugel and left-hander Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Reno.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Reynolds was bothered by an oblique strain early in spring training, but had been in the running for a spot in Arizona's bullpen. He appeared in six spring games, going 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA.
3/30/2015 Allen Webster, P (Ari), P
The Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned right-handers Allen Webster and A.J. Schugel and left-hander Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Reno.

Analysis: Webster, who was acquired from Boston in an offseason trade, was 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA in five spring appearances.
3/30/2015 Jerry Blevins, P (NYM), P
The New York have made two trades to bolster a bullpen lacking in left-handers, acquiring Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres and Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: The Mets sent minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named to the Padres and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in deals made hours apart Monday.
3/30/2015 Alex Torres, P (NYM), P
The New York have made two trades to bolster a bullpen lacking in left-handers, acquiring Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres and Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: The Mets sent minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named to the Padres and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in deals made hours apart Monday.
3/30/2015 Chris Perez, P (Mil), P
The Brewers have released Chris Perez, ending the former All-Star closer's bid for a setup job in the Milwaukee bullpen.

Analysis: The 29-year-old right-hander was with the Brewers on a minor league contract. He was released after Milwaukee's 7-0 loss on Sunday night to Oakland, when Perez retired the only batter he faced in the game. Perez was 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 games in spring training with Milwaukee. He has 133 career saves, with most of them coming while with the Cleveland Indians from 2009-13.
3/30/2015 Javier Baez, 2B (ChC), 2B
The Cubs optioned second baseman Javy Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

Analysis: Baez, 22, was competing for the starting second-base job. He entered Monday's game against San Francisco hitting .173 with 20 strikeouts in 52 at-bats.
3/30/2015 Kris Bryant, 3B (ChC), 3B
Bryant has been reassigned to the Chicago Cubs' minor league camp despite hitting .425 in spring training with nine homers and 15 RBIs in 40 at-bats.

Analysis: If Bryant spends 12 or more days in the minor leagues, Chicago would delay him from becoming eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.
3/30/2015 Paul Maholm, P (Cin), P
Maholm has been released from a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Analysis: Maholm agreed to the deal Jan. 28 and had a 2.19 ERA in five spring-training games, allowing three runs, seven hits and two walks in 12 1-3 innings with five strikeouts. Cincinnati, which announced the decision Monday, originally envisioned Maholm competing for a rotation spot after the Reds traded Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, but the Reds told Maholm in mid-March he was under consideration for a bullpen role.
3/30/2015 Carlos Villanueva, P (StL), P
The St. Louis Cardinals have told reliever Carlos Villanueva he will be on their 25-man opening-day roster.

Analysis: The 31-year-old right-hander agreed to a minor league contract in February and had the right to request his release if not added to the roster by Monday. He will get a $2 million, one-year contract and the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for three and six starts.
3/30/2015 Sandy Leon, C (Bos), C
Leon has been traded to the Boston Red Sox by the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Analysis: Leon was the third catcher on Washington's depth chart. In 34 major league games with the Nationals over the past three seasons, Leon hit .189 with three doubles, one homer and five RBIs. He is a career .236 batter in the minors. The Red Sox said Leon will be assigned to major league camp. They put catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, a move that made room for Leon on the 40-man roster.
3/30/2015 Michael Kohn, P (Atl), P
The Atlanta Braves have sent right-handers Michael Kohn and Arodys Vizcaino to the minors, trimming two more pitchers expected to contend for spots in the bullpen.

Analysis: The Braves announced Monday that Kohn was reassigned to their minor league camp. Kohn was demoted after giving up two runs in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh. He was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight innings.
3/30/2015 Arodys Vizcaino, P (Atl), P
The Atlanta Braves have sent right-handers Arodys Vizcaino and Michael Kohn to the minors, trimming two more pitchers expected to contend for spots in the bullpen.

Analysis: The Braves announced Monday that Vizcaino was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.
3/30/2015 David Lough, LF (Bal), LF
Lough is suffering from a hamstring injury, manager Buck Showalter said.

Analysis: Lough was scratched from Tuesday's game with back spasms and hasn't played since. It's possible that Lough will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
3/30/2015 Christian Vazquez, C (Bos), C
Vazquez is on the 60-day DL with a sore throwing elbow.,

Analysis: Vazquez, who has been sidelined with a sore throwing elbow, is scheduled to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Vazquez has caught only 26 innings this spring and last played March 13. Veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Humberto Quintero will be behind the plate until Vasquez gets back.
3/30/2015 David Rollins, P (Sea), P
Rollins was suspended for 80 games on Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Analysis: Major League Baseball announced Rollins' suspension, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension. "This was when I got back from winter ball," Rollins said. "I was sore, and I was just trying to speed up the recovery. And just made a bad judgment."
3/30/2015 Casey Janssen, P (Was), P
Janssen is suffering from right shoulder discomfort.

Analysis: Janssen is expected to have a MRI on his right shoulder on Monday.
3/29/2015 David Ortiz, DH (Bos), DH
Ortiz was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts Sunday, lowering his average to .208.

Analysis: Ortiz recently vehemently denied he uses performing-enhancing drugs in an illuminating interview with Derek Jeter's celebrity website.
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