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All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for March 2

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Veteran righty Guillermo Mota decided to call it a career.
Veteran righty Guillermo Mota decided to call it a career. (USATSI)

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The start of the regular season is now less than one month away for all 30 teams. Get excited. Here is a recap of Sunday's important baseball news.

JON HEYMAN

Mariners: The team has "little or no loot left to spend" before the start of the season. 2B Robinson Cano said the team needed another right-handed bat.

RETIREMENTS

RHP Guillermo Mota: Retired to spend more time with his family. He had been in camp with the Royals. Mota, 40, retires with a career 3.94 ERA in 856 2/3 innings. (Kansas City Star)

TRADES

Indians: Acquired IF Justin Sellers from the Dodgers for cash considerations, the team announced.

ROSTER CUTS

Indians: Designated 1B David Cooper for assignment, the club announced. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Sellers.

RUMORS & SPECULATION

1B/OF Mike Carp: Both the Brewers and Pirates are scouting the Red Sox and Carp this spring as they look for first base help.

Mariners: Scouting several young Rays pitchers. The two clubs have had trade talks about IF Nick Franklin in recent weeks. (Tampa Bay Times)

Red Sox: No progress in contract extension talks with DH David Ortiz. The two sides haven't talked since their initial meeting two weeks ago. (Boston Globe)

INJURY UPDATES

Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia said OF Josh Hamilton (calf) has "made a lot of progress the last couple days." He will be kept out of games until the middle of the month. (Orange County Register)

Astros: RHP Mark Appel (appendectomy) is expected to get into his first game in the middle of the month. (Houston Chronicle)

Athletics: C/DH John Jaso (elbow) is expected to resume catching on Tuesday. He's been dealing with soreness following a hit by pitch. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Blue Jays: OF Colby Rasmus was scratched from Sunday's game with a stiff neck and is considered day-to-day (MLB.com) ... RHP Sergio Santos (intestinal problem) is at least four days away from appearing in a game. (Toronto Star)

Braves: OF Justin Upton (side) will make his spring debut on Monday (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) ... LHP Jonny Venters (Tommy John surgery) will throw lightly off a mound on Wednesday (MLB.com) ... C Gerald Laird (lower back strain) will miss a few more days. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Brewers: 3B Aramis Ramirez (colon) is still 7-10 days away from returning to game action. He had surgery to remove a non-malignant polyp nearly two weeks ago. (MLB.com)

Cardinals: RHP Trevor Rosenthal (tweaked groin) is expected to appear in a game sometime this coming week. (MLB.com)

Cubs: SS Starlin Castro left Sunday's game with mild right hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day. (Chicago Tribune)

Dodgers: RHP Josh Beckett threw two scoreless innings on Sunday, his first game of the spring. He missed almost all of last season following surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome ... RHP Zack Greinke (calf) did not feel any better on Sunday after being unable to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. There is no timetable for his return (Los Angeles Times) ... RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery) felt only normal soreness after throwing breaking balls for the first time on Saturday. (True Blue LA)

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt left Sunday's game with a stiff neck. It was precautionary and it is not expected to be a big deal going forward ... LHP Jeremy Affeldt is expected to appear in Monday's game. He missed the end of last season with a left groin strain and has been brought back slowly in camp ... 2B Marco Scutaro will make his spring debut this coming week. He's been dealing with a nagging back issue. (Mercury News)

Mariners: Manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed both RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger strain) and RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder issue) will not be ready for the start the season, as expect. (MLB.com)

Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (calf) will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday (Newark Star-Ledger) ... SS Ruben Tejada was scratched from Sunday's game with a left hamstring strain. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined. (Newsday)

Nationals: OF Jayson Werth was scratched from Sunday's scheduled spring debut with right biceps strain. He is only expected to miss a day or two. (MASN Sports)

Padres: OF Cameron Maybin will undergo an MRI on his left shoulder on Monday. He hurt himself making a diving catch (San Diego Union-Tribune) ... RHP Josh Johnson will make his spring debut on Monday and then pitch again on Saturday. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow over the winter (San Diego Union-Tribune) ... Manager Bud Black said OF Carlos Quentin will make his spring debut "in a couple days." He had knee surgery in September. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Phillies: 3B Cody Asche (hand bruise) will be evaluated further on Monday following a scary hit by pitch.

Pirates: RHP Jason Grilli will make his spring debut on Thursday. The team is bringing him along slowly following last year's elbow injury (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) ... OF Travis Snider (cut finger) had the stitches removed and returned to game action. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Rangers: LHP Matt Harrison (back) will throw off a half-mound on Monday after playing long toss over the weekend ... RHP Tanner Scheppers (back spasms) appeared in Sunday's game after missing time earlier in camp ... RHP Nick Tepesch (sore back) will pitch in Monday's game (ESPN Dallas) ... C Geovany Soto (left foot) had his walking boot removed and can resume cardio workouts (Dallas Morning News) ... OF Shin-Soo Choo is day-to-day with left arm soreness. (ESPN Dallas)

Rays: 2B/OF Ben Zobrist (back) will make his spring debut on Monday. He's been dealing with tightness early in camp. (Tampa Bay Times)

Reds: RHP Mike Leake (oblique) will resume throwing on Monday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Red Sox: RHP Jake Peavy has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start after cutting a finger on his non-pitching hand with a fishing knife. He's only expected to miss a few days. (Boston Herald)

Rockies: LHP Boone Logan (elbow) hopes to throw a bullpen session "early next week" following offseason surgery to remove bone chips. (Denver Post)

White Sox: RHP Matt Lindstrom (oblique) threw off flat ground with no issues. He should get back into a game soon ... RHP Nate Jones (glute) is "ready to rock and roll" after a live batting practice session (Chicago Sun-Times) ... 1B Paul Konerko was scratched from Sunday's game with a stomach problem (CSN Chicago) ... IF Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) is "slowly getting better" following September surgery according to manager Robin Ventura. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira will make his spring debut either Thursday or Friday after missing nearly all of last year due to wrist surgery (MLB.com) ... RHP Michael Pineda will make his spring debut on Friday after missing the last two seasons following shoulder surgery. (MLB.com)

MISCELLANY

OF Ichiro Suzuki: Said he wants to play many more years after 2014 despite being 40 years old and reduced to a backup outfielder role.

Marlins: Named RHP Jose Fernandez their opening day starter. He'll be the youngest pitcher to get the ball on opening day in seven years.

Mets: Manager Terry Collins confirmed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka and LHP John Lannan are the leading candidates for the team's fifth starter spot. (Newsday)

Rangers: RHP Neftali Feliz was "not sharp" during a recent intrasquad game and his mechanics are "still kind of out of whack." (Dallas Morning News)

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