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Chad Bettis still in mix for Rockies' rotation
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:16 pm ET) The Rockies sent Chad Bettis to the minor leagues on March 22, but he's still in the running for a spot in the rotation. 

Bettis was sent down to get consistent innings and to work on changes to his motion. Over the last nine days, he's returned to the Major League team twice to pitch in games. 

"We have open competition and he's still in the mix," manager Walt Weiss said. 


Jose Alvarez ready to be Angels' long reliever
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:12 pm ET) Angels pitcher Jose Alvarez transitioned from starting to the bullpen, this spring, and it looks like he's landed a job as the team's long man out of the bullpen. 

"It's a little different, but have to do it," Alvarez said per MLB.com. "We're looking for a spot no matter what position, starter or reliever."

Alvarez has a 2.16 ERA this spring. 

"We're definitely impressed with his stuff," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His velocity is better, his slider is tighter. He looks much better than he did last year. ... He has enough stuff to start. But his stuff definitely plays in a bullpen, both as a lefty specialist, but also a guy who can give you some length because he has really good stuff against right-handers also."


Padres' Carlos Quentin making progress at first base
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:12 pm ET) Padres new first baseman Carlos Quentin is continuing to make progress as he adjusts to his new position this spring, reports U-T San Diego.

"It takes time for anybody to comfortable at the major league level, the highest level of baseball, to switch positions. That's tough. But he continues to work on it," said manager Bud Black. "It doesn't happen overnight. But he's putting the time in. He's doing a nice job with all the little intricacies of first base."


Padres catcher Wil Nieves receives retention bonus
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:09 pm ET) Padres backup catcher Wil Nieves received a $100,000 retention bonus Tuesday for still being on the team in spring training, reports U-T San Diego.

Nieves, who signed a minor-league contract with San Diego this offseason, may still not make the roster, as the team has until Sunday to make its final roster moves before Opening Day.

Nieves is hitting .214 this spring with one RBI in 28 plate appearances.


Braves' Chris Johnson, Kelly Johnson OK after struck by pitches
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:58 pm ET) Braves infielders Chris Johnson and Kelly Johnson both said they were OK after being hit by pitches Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Chris Johnson was struck on the hand and had it wrapped as he left the ballpark Wednesday. Kelly Johnson was sore after being hit on the back of his right arm.


Yankees' Andrew Bailey must pitch back-to-back days to make roster
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:55 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Andrew Bailey is still working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Bailey has pitched four innings this spring without giving up an earned run and just three hits.

But for Bailey to make the Opening Day roster, manager Joe Girardi wants to see Bailey pitch on back-to-back days, reports The Journal News.

"I don't see how you could do that," Girardi said. "And the one thing is, we're not going to rush him. I think it comes down to who we think is going to help us the most is the bottom line. I don't think you necessarily in your mind say (for example) I have to have a third lefty. Is it a luxury, sure it is, but I think it's who we think is going to help us the most."


Braves pitcher Wandy Rodriguez picks up minor issue in shoulder
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:36 pm ET) Braves pitcher Wandy Rodriguez gave up three runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts in his start Tuesday against the Astros. 

Rodriguez, who now has a 3.13 ERA this spring, said after the game his shoulder was giving him a bit of a problem after trying to field a ground ball, reports 680 The Fan in Atlanta.

Rodriguez said he was able to get his arm loose shortly thereafter and didn't think it was much of an issue.


Angels pitcher Huston Street surrenders four runs in outing Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:06 pm ET) Angels pitcher Huston Street gave up four runs on three hits, including two home runs, in just one inning of work Tuesday against the Athletics.

Street, who is hoping to finish a contract extension before the start of the season next week, pushed his ERA to 8.10 in seven appearances this spring.


Athletics' Coco Crisp feels soreness in elbow Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp felt some soreness in his injured elbow while taking swings Tuesday, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

Crisp was playing in an intrasquad game Tuesday after missing time with the elbow injury, and he appears likely to be shut down again to give the elbow time to heal. Crisp is a candidate to open the season on the disabled list.


Diamondbacks' Chase Anderson gives up six runs vs. Rangers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:00 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Chase Anderson allowed six earned runs on 11 hits and one walk in four innings while striking out in his final Cactus League start in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Rangers.

Anderson had put together a nice spring coming into Tuesday's start but fell flat, watching his Cactus League ERA jump from 1.84 to 4.34. He has posted an 11:5 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings this spring. Anderson was recently named to the starting rotation, and his schedule lines him up to make his regular-season debut April 10 against the Dodgers.


 
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