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Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (illness) back in lineup Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:10 pm ET) Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe returned to the spring lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks after sitting out Sunday due to an illness. Uribe is batting .225 (9 for 40) through 16 spring games.

Marlins' Jarred Cosart set to return to mound Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:02 pm ET) Marlins starting pitcher Jarred Cosart is scheduled to start Wednesday's spring game against the Nationals, according to The Palm Beach Post. He threw a bullpen session Sunday after being scratched from his last spring start due to a blister on the middle finger on his right hand.

Cosart is 0-2 with am 8.49 ERA in four spring starts.


Cubs option Javier Baez, reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:59 pm ET) The Cubs cut three of their key young players from major-league camp Monday, optioning infielder Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and reassigning third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell to minor-league camp.

Baez was initially expected to open the season as the team's starting second baseman after racking up 213 at-bats in his rookie season in 2014. He hit just .169/.227/.324 with nine home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases last season but also struck out 95 times. Baez struggled to make an impact at the plate this spring, collecting just nine hits in 52 at-bats while striking out 20 times.

Bryant has been one of the best hitters in either spring-training league in 2015, going 17 for 40 with nine home runs and 15 RBI. He is expected to make his major-league debut during 2015. Russell, the biggest name from the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland last season, hit .324/.359/.486 with one home run in 37 spring at-bats.

With Baez and Bryant out of the picture, the Cubs will likely choose between Arismendy Alcantara, Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella for playing time at second base and third base.


Mets acquire left-handed reliever Alex Torres in trade with Padres
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) The Mets acquired left-handed reliever Alex Torres from the Padres on Monday. The Padres acquired pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later in the trade.

The Mets have been trying to fill the void in the bullpen due to the absence of left-handed reliever Josh Edgin, who will miss the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Torres arrived in San Diego last January in a trade with Tampa Bay. He went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 relief outings for the Padres in 2014. He is 7-4 with a 2.55 ERA over three MLB seasons.

Mazzoni is 24-12 with a 4.11 ERA over four seasons in the minors. He has mostly been used as a starter in the minors (53 starts, 12 relief appearances).


Indians option OF Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:47 pm ET) The Indians have optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Holt made his major-league debut last season and went on to hit .268/.307/.296 while also striking out 25 times in 71 at-bats. He was 11 for 42 with one double, one triple and three stolen bases this spring before being sent down.


Reds announce cuts Monday, release veteran Paul Maholm
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:46 pm ET) The Reds made another rounds of cuts Monday, which included the release of veteran pitcher Paul Maholm, who was competing for a spot on the pitching staff this spring.

Other moves Monday included optioning pitcher Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville, as well as reassigning pitcher Nate Adock, infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr., infielder Irving Falu and catcher Kyle Skipworth to minor-league camp.


Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back) scratched from lineup Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:42 pm ET) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has been scratched from Monday's starting lineup due to stiffness in his lower back, the team announced.

Andrus has been in the midst of a fine spring, hitting .389/.410/.639 with one home run, two doubles and two triples in 36 at-bats.


Nationals' Span happy with progress after from core muscle surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Denard Span has been able to run sprints in the outfield, swing a lighter bat than he is used to and throw from as far as 200 feet over the last week, according to The Washington Post. Span is recovering from core muscle surgery March 9.

“The last three days were really good,” Span said on Sunday. “Overall, it’s been feeling a lot better than I anticipated or a lot of people anticipated feeling this soon.”

Span is expected to stay back in Florida for extended spring training when camp ends. He doesn't have a timetable for his return, but estimates are he will be back in early-to-mid-May.

“Mentally, I’m a lot better than I was before surgery and a little bit after surgery, just knowing that I’m getting better each day and inching closer to getting back to re-joining the ball club and doing what I love to do,” he said. “It’s been a tough six months for me. I’ve been dealing this since the season ended last year. The last few days, just to be out here sprinting and doing things that I normally do has been very easing to my mind.”


Report: Mets likely to keep Muno over Reynolds, if Murphy goes on DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:15 pm ET) If Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy begins the season on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury, the team is more likely to choose Danny Muno over prospect Matt Reynolds to replace him on the roster, a team source told ESPN.

If Murphy is out, the Mets prefer to have Muno and Ruben Tejada play at second base, with Reynolds being sent to Triple-A to start at shortstop.

One of the reasons the Mets are considering sending Reynolds to the minors is because the team doesn't want to avoid a dilemma in case Reynolds thrives in Murphy's absence and manager Terry Collins wants to keep him around as a bench option. They do not want to start his MLB service time for a backup role.


Report: Phillies' Pettibone scheduled to throw live BP Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:03 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in June, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pettibone, who will continue to rehab in extended spring training, has thrown 10 bullpens this spring.

Pettibone is expected to throw a few live BP sessions before throwing in an extended spring game. He will likely join the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before getting a chance to join the major-league roster.


 
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