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Rays release 2B Alexi Casilla
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) The Rays have released second baseman Alexi Casilla, the Tampa Tribune reports. Casilla was competing for a backup-infielder role with the team this spring, hitting .267/.303/.400 in 30 at-bats.

Yankees' Teixeira, Gregorius remain sidelined Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was held out of the spring lineup again Tuesday due to a bruised knee. However, manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira feels "decent" and is expected to play Wednesday, per Newsday.

Although, shortstop Didi Gregorius is not as close to returning. Girardi said he still has some swelling in his wrist and there is no timetable for his return.


Tigers might have to put Justin Verlander on DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:01 pm ET) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Tuesday starting pitcher Justin Verlander might start the year on the disabled list after leaving his last spring start due to a right triceps cramp. 

"If we have to use it, we could," Ausmus said of placing Verlander on the disabled list, per MLive.com.

Verlander won't appear in another Grapefruit League game, but he could throw in a minor-league game Friday.

Although, if Verlander can't pitch Friday, then a disabled list stint could be coming. The Tigers would then backdate his time on the DL, meaning he could be available to make his season debut at the earliest April 12 at Cleveland.

"He says he feels a little bit better (Tuesday)," Ausmus said. "We'll see how he feels (Wednesday)."

There is no indication of a potential rotation replacement, if Verlander has to miss significant time. Verlander went 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in five spring starts.


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders (knee) to start running Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:51 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) said he will start running Wednesday, according to Sportsnet.ca. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday outfielder Kevin Pillar will start in left field with Saunders set to begin the season on the disabled list.

Reid Brignac opts out of contract, becomes free agent
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:43 am ET) Reid Brignac opted out of his contract with the Marlins after he was sent down to minor-league camp. He is now free to sign with any team, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Brignac batted .289 with seven RBI over 38 Grapefruit League at-bats.

Red Sox's Farrell not expecting Koji Uehara to be on DL for long
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) Although Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will start the season on the disabled list, manager John Farrell isn't concerned about it being a long-term absence. Farrell said Tuesday he expects Uehara to return in early to mid-April, per The Boston Herald.

Farrell has chosen Edward Mujica as the Red Sox's closer in Uehara's absence.


Archie Bradley open to bullpen role: It's about making the club
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:36 am ET) Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley told reporters he is open with battling for a bullpen spot, as long as he's part of the 25-man roster, per MLB.com. Manager Chip Hale said Monday that he is considering Bradley for the role.

"For me it's just about making this club any way that I can and helping them win and if it's out of the pen that’s fine with me," Bradley said.

Bradley is 2-2 with a 2.20 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings this spring.


Rays' Cash not getting caught up in one bad outing from Matt Andriese
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:28 am ET) Rays starting pitcher Matt Andriese had his worst outing of the spring Monday against the Orioles in likely what was his last start before Tampa Bay finalizes its rotation plans.

However, manager Kevin Cash said he is not going to base his decision after one bad outing from Andriese, who is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in six spring outings (four starts).

“I don’t think it hurts. I don’t think it factors in too much,” Cash said, per The Tampa Tribune. “He’s had a good spring. If we’re judging on one start, one bad outing, that’s not fair to the guy."

Andriese allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in three innings Monday. Although, Cash assigned some of the blame to the Rays defense.

“We didn’t make some plays we know we should make,” Cash said. “We definitely didn’t help him by any stretch. He did fall behind some guys, so that doesn’t help the cause.”


Rangers release pitcher Jamey Wright
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) The Rangers released pitcher Jamey Wright on Tuesday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The veteran right-handed pitcher posted a 7.50 ERA in nine spring outings.

Report: Smolinski, Rua make Rangers' Opening Day roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:15 am ET) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski and outfielder Ryan Rua have been told they have made the Opening Day roster, according to MLB.com. It appears Rua will be the starting left fielder, with Smolinski coming off the bench as a fourth outfielder.

Rua hit .298 with two triples, two home runs, four doubles, seven runs and 11 RBI in 19 spring games. Smolinski hit .348 with one triple, two home runs, five doubles, seven RBI and eight runs in 18 spring games.


 
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