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  • Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal: Headed for DL to open season

    Rosenthal, who is dealing with a right lat strain, will start the season on the 10-day disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

    Rosenthal appeared to be over the back troubles that sidelined him in early March, however the 26-year-old apparently suffered a setback causing him to open the season on the 10-day DL. The Cardinals have recalled Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A until Rosenthal is able to return.

  • Matt Adams 1B | STL

    Cardinals' Matt Adams: Successful with first outfield chances

    Adams handled two flyballs cleanly in Tuesday's game against the Mets, his first two chances in the outfield this spring, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Adams was playing his fourth game as an outfielder this spring but had yet to see any chances before Tuesday. It was a stellar day all around for the veteran, who also smacked a pair of singles and a three-run home run, his fifth of the spring. The outing raised Adams' average to .340 and helped him continue to make a case for increased playing time this season at both first base and the outfield.

  • Kyle Freeland SP | COL

    Rockies' Kyle Freeland: Remains favorite for rotation spot

    Freeland appears to be the frontrunner in the competition for the Rockies' final two rotation spots, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

    Despite a shaky outing Monday in which the left-hander allowed four earned runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings pitched, manager Bud Black still praised the velocity and break Freeland consistently displayed with his offerings. Black also commented that although he agrees this wasn't Freeland's best outing, the rotation spots would be determined by the entire spring workload, which works in the 23-year-old's favor thanks to his 3.48 ERA and 19:6 K:BB in 20.2 Cactus League innings. A 40-man roster spot would still need to be cleared in order for Freeland to make the Opening Day roster, but as of now, it seems like he and Antonio Senzatela will begin the season in the Rockies' rotation while German Marquez heads into a long relief role.

  • Padres' Austin Hedges: Homers twice Wednesday

    Hedges had a big day at the plate Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in a spring training tie against the White Sox.

    The young catcher had been mired in a 1-for-20 slump since returning from a minor hamstring injury, so Wednesday's outburst is a good sign that he is back on track as we approach Opening Day. Even with his mid-spring slump, Hedges boasts a .310/.341/.524 slash line through 17 games, numbers closer to his excellent 2016 Triple-A numbers (.326/.353/.597). The 24-year-old will handle the Padres' starting catcher duties, making him an intriguing deep-league target in the event he breaks out in his first year as a full-time starter.

  • German Marquez RP | COL

    Rockies' German Marquez: Could begin year in long relief

    Marquez seems to have dropped below Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela in the race for the Rockies' final two rotation spots, Nick Groke and Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post report.

    After Jeff Hoffman was demoted to Triple-A Albuquerque, Marquez (the Rockies' no. 3 pitching prospect according to RotoWire) seemed to be a lock to grab one of the vacancies. However, the 22-year-old has posted less-than-stellar results during his audition for a rotation spot, compiling a 6.00 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP across 15 innings. That being said, Harrison Musgrave was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, meaning that Marquez very well could stick on the major-league roster as a long reliever to start the season. This isn't set in stone as of now, but it appears to be the likely scenario barring any extraneous circumstances.

  • Adam Morgan SP | PHI

    Phillies' Adam Morgan: Makes Opening Day roster

    Morgan has earned a bullpen spot with the Phillies on the Opening Day roster, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.

    After struggling as a starter with the Phillies last season (6.04 ERA across 21 starts), Morgan transitioned to the bullpen this spring. He posted a 2.45 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 18.1 innings this spring, ultimately landing him a spot in the Phillies bullpen to open the season where the 27-year-old will likely serve as a long reliever.

  • Padres' Brandon Maurer: Will open season as closer

    With Carter Capps (elbow) beginning the year on the disabled list, Maurer will officially begin the season as the club's closer, The San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports.

    The 26-year-old was considered the favorite to win the job to open the season, so no surprises here. While this news makes him a cheap source of saves early on, Capps isn't expected to be sidelined for long, and he could take over the job at some point after his return, but that would have to coincide with some sort of ineffectiveness from Maurer. The veteran posted a 3.09 ERA with 13 saves after taking over as closer last season, so if righty can handle the role early on, then there is a possibility that he runs with the job all season.

  • Chris Rusin RP | COL

    Rockies' Chris Rusin: Scheduled for minor-league game Friday

    Rusin (oblique) will pitch in a minor-league game Friday, Nick Groke and Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post report.

    The left-hander is expected to log two innings (or roughly 30 pitches) in order to restart his progression toward being the Rockies' primary long-relief option. It seems like Rusin is nearing his return to the major-league bullpen, but in the meantime, whichever hurler of Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez who doesn't make the rotation is expected to pair with Jordan Lyles to fill the void left by Rusin's absence.

  • Rockies' Jordan Patterson: Shipped back to Triple-A

    Patterson was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday, Nick Groke and Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post report.

    The injury to Ian Desmond (hand) seemed to open the door further for Patterson to crack the Opening Day roster, but the Rockies opted to give him a bit more time to develop against Triple-A pitching. The 25-year-old did have plenty of success this spring, though, so a fast start back at Albuquerque could propel him back up to the majors. Patterson's demotion means that the candidates for the last spot on the major-league bench are Stephen Cardullo, Christhian Adames and Pat Valaika.

  • Chris Hatcher RP | LAD

    Dodgers' Chris Hatcher: Makes Opening Day roster

    Hatcher was named one of the Dodgers' relievers to open the season, The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports.

    The 32-year-old struggled this spring, posting a 5.91 ERA over 10.2 innings. His lack of minor league options was presumably the reason behind his selection for the 25-man roster. Hatcher will serve as a middle reliever for the club to begin the season.