The Angels made five cuts Monday, with pitcher Michael Roth optioned to Triple-A and pitchers Justin Thomas, Jarrett Grube, Michael Morin and Mark Sappington being re-assigned to minor-league camp, MLB.com reports. Roth pitched one scoreless inning this spring, while Thomas threw two scoreless innings. Grube surrendered two earned runs in four innings, and Morin gave up one earned run in two innings. Sappington retired the only batter he faced in his lone appearance.
The Angels signed pitcher Justin Thomas to a minor-league contract on Monday, according to the MLB.com. Thomas owned a 4.48 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 16 starts at Triple-A for the Athletics. The 27-year-old left-hander is expected to start the season at Triple-A Salt Lake.
The Oakland Athletics released pitcher Justin Thomas from Triple-A Sacramento Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Thomas likely exercised an out clause in his contract. The left-hander has posted a 4.48 ERA over 16 starts with Sacramento. Thomas has made 31 appearances in the majors. The 29-year-old last pitched for the Yankees in 2012. He has a 6.93 ERA for his career.
The Yankees have removed reliever Justin Thomas and infielder Steve Pearce off the 40-man roster Tuesday to make room for David Aardsma and Brett Gardner.
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