MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for March 22
The 2014 regular season kicked off on Saturday with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in Australia. Here's a recap of the day's baseball news.
The 2014 regular season started halfway around the world on Saturday. Clayton Kershaw and Scott Van Slyke led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. The two clubs wrap up the two-game series on Sunday afternoon, local time.
While the Dodgers and D-Backs were playing meaningful games, the other 28 teams were going about their spring training business as usual on Saturday. Rosters are starting to be set and players are beginning to get cut, just so they enough time to find a new job before opening day. Here is a recap of Saturday's baseball news, but first make sure you check out Jon Heyman's blog for some stories from Atlanta Braves ' camp.
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
Milwaukee Brewers : Exercised their 2015 option for manager Ron Roenicke. An option for 2016 was added to the contract as well.
Baltimore Orioles : Claimed IF David Adams off waivers from the Cleveland Indians , the team announced.
ROSTER CUTS & OPT-OUTS
Houston Astros : Released OF J.D. Martinez to clear roster space in Triple-A.
San Francisco Giants : RHP Kameron Loe opted out of his minor league contract and is now a free agent. (MLB Daily Dish)
Indians: Released OF Jeff Francoeur, who was signed to a minor league deal. (MLB.com)
Orioles: Designated RHP Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment, the team announced. The move clears room on the roster for Adams.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
MLBPA: May seek recourse against the Astros for manipulating OF George Springer's service time.
SS Stephen Drew : A GM said agent Scott Boras insists Drew has a three-year, $39 million offer on the table. (Peter Gammons)
Diamondbacks: Not pursuing a starting pitcher even though LHP Patrick Corbin (Tommy John surgery) is out for the season and RHP Bronson Arroyo (back) has been slowed in camp. (MLB.com)
Dodgers: Receiving interest in RHP Javy Guerra and are expected to trade him soon. He was designated for assignment a few days ago. (MLB Daily Dish)
Philadelphia Phillies : Would like to add a starting pitcher, but few are available and they don't have much money to spend. (Fox Sports)
Tampa Bay Rays : LHP Erik Bedard will opt-out of his minor league contract after failing to make the team's rotation. (MLB Daily Dish)
Detroit Tigers : Manager Brad Ausmus admitted the team has "talked about" a comeback with 46-year-old Omar Vizquel to solve their shortstop problem. Vizquel is the team's first base coach.
Astros: C Jason Castro (flu) is expected to be ready to go by Monday. (Houston Chronicle)
Toronto Blue Jays : SS Jose Reyes was removed from Saturday's game with hamstring tightness as a precaution. He has a history of hamstring problems. (MLB.com)
Braves: C Evan Gattis (quad) ran on Saturday and hopes to play on Monday. (MLB.com)
St. Louis Cardinals : RHP Jason Motte (Tommy John surgery) threw a simulated game on Friday. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Indians: OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) took part in hitting drills. He has been playing catch as well. (MLB.com)
Seattle Mariners : RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) threw one inning in his first start of the spring. He threw an additional 15 pitches in the bullpen afterwards. (Seattle Times)
New York Mets : 2B Daniel Murphy (shin) is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday. (Bergen Record)
San Diego Padres : RHP Josh Johnson will miss 4-5 with a strained flexor muscle ... RHP Joe Wieland (elbow) will have arthroscopic surgery to deal with some irritation. He will be out until the All-Star break. (MLB.com)
Phillies: LHP Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw two innings in a simulated game. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Cincinnati Reds : 2B/OF Skip Schumaker will miss about a month with a separated shoulder, the team announced. He hurt himself diving for a ball earlier this week.
Colorado Rockies : 3B Nolan Arenado left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch in the hand. He has a bone contusion and x-rays came back negative, the team announced.
Chicago White Sox : 1B Jose Abreu (sore ankle) will sit out until Monday as a precaution. (CSN Chicago)
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran was officially named the club's opening day starter.
Brewers: Roenicke announced that OF Carlos Gomez will be the team's leadoff hitter.
Texas Rangers : RHP Joakim Soria was named the team's closer. Also, RHP Tanner Schepper won a rotation spot and RHP Alexi Ogando is moving to the bullpen.
Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi has won the team's fifth starter job.
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