MLB injury, news and rumor roundup for March 26
Our nightly roundup of the day that was in Major League Baseball, in regards to injuries, rumors and news.
Let's round 'em up! With only a few days left until the (real) regular season, time is a-wastin'.
Pirates: They locked up young Starling Marte to a six-year, $31 million extension which also includes two club options.
Astros: All-Star reliever Jesse Crain will throw his first bullpen session Thursday since having offseason surgery. (Brian McTaggart)
Blue Jays: Jose Reyes is still day to day with a tight hamstring. He may start at DH Friday. (Gregor Chisholm)
Brewers: Jean Segura shoulder soreness isn't getting much better and a DL stint to begin the season is possible. (MLB.com)
Diamondbacks: Bronson Arroyo feels recovered from his back ailment and should be ready to open the season in the rotation. (azcentral.com)
Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw will miss his scheduled start Sunday night due to a back issue.
Giants: Left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt will open the season on the DL.
Orioles: Nolan Reimold will begin the season on the disabled list. (MASN Sports)
Pirates: Opening day starter Francisco Liriano has a groin issue, but he's still on track to make said start (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Rangers: Yu Darvish has no structural damage in his neck, but is still likely to open the season on the disabled list.
Royals: Catcher Salvador Perez was hit in the helmet with a pitch (while batting), but it was deemed a "non-concussive" blow. He's fine. (Andy McCullough)
White Sox: Gordon Beckham will begin the season on the disabled list, meaning Marcus Semien is the opening day starter. (Daryl Van Schouwen)
Yankees: Backup shortstop Brendan Ryan will begin the season on the disabled list. (Dan Barbarisi)
Angels: They finally just cut Joe Blanton.
Cubs: They released backup catcher George Kottaras (ESPN Chicago).
Mariners: A day after asking Randy Wolf to sign a 45-day release clause, the Mariners are looking for more starting pitching. (thenewstribune.com)
Mets: Jose Valverde will be the Mets' primary setup man and could even see save opportunities -- especially early in the season as Bobby Parnell works his way back from herniated disc surgery. (ESPN New York)
Nationals: They've signed veteran infielder Kevin Frandsen. (Ken Rosenthal)
Phillies: Bobby Abreu has failed to make the opening day roster, the club announced.
Rangers: Tanner Scheppers will be their opening day starting pitcher and it'll be his first career start. Also, Tommy Hanson was cut. Starter Scott Baker -- who was recently released by the Mariners -- is close to a minor-league deal. They also claimed utility infielder Donnie Murphy off waivers from the Cubs.
Rays: Veterans Wilson Betemit, Jayson Nix and Mark Lowe have failed to make the opening-day roster. (tampabay.com)
Red Sox: Jon Lester is still confident he'll have a contract extension signed soon.