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Joe Blanton accepts assignment to Royals' Triple-A affiliate
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:40 pm ET) Royals RHP Joe Blanton agreed to accept an assignment to Triple-A Memphis. Blanton signed a minor league contract with the team on February 13 and was invited to camp as a non-roster player. 

Blanton was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three games this spring. 


Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna, Miguel Castro earn spot on roster
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:39 pm ET) Blue Jays pitchers Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro have both made the Opening Day roster, according to the National Post.

Osuna and Castro were both competing for spots on the pitching staff and the team is unsure if they will go with 7 or 8 in the bullpen, according to the report.

Osuna posted a 2-0 record with a 0.82 ERA in seven spring training appearances while Castro posted a 1.64 ERA with 10 strikeouts and no walks this spring.


White Sox RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) resumes throwing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:38 pm ET) White Sox reliever Jesse Crain has resumed throwing after suffering a minor setback in mid-March due to shoulder soreness, per MLB.com.

"But I'm moving forward again," said Crain, who played long toss from 120 feet Monday. "Obviously, when you first come in, you feel like there's a chance, as I was doing so well. ... I don't want to rush it, and [I want to] make sure I'm there and there for good when it happens.

"I've felt better than I have since I've been going through this. So, that's a positive sign. I'm going to stay down here and keep working and be with the staff down here, and we'll put a good plan together to make that happen."


Royals' Yost: Luke Hochevar will start season on DL
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:36 pm ET) As expected, Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will start the season on the disabled list, manager Ned Yost confirmed on Tuesday, per the Kansas City Star.

Hochevar is returning from Tommy John surgery. Yost said he hopes Hochevar will be ready to return by May. 


MLB suspends Jose Mijares 50 games for drug of abuse
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:33 pm ET) Free agent left-hander Jose Mijares was suspended 50 games without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse, the office of the commissioner of baseball announced on Tuesday, per HardballTalk.com.

Mijares was released by the Reds last week. He surrendered three earned runs on 5 1/3 innings this spring.


Rangers RP Shawn Tolleson throws perfect inning Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:32 pm ET) Rangers reliever Shawn Tolleson (forearm) threw a perfect inning in a minor-league game Tuesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He needed just seven pitches to get through his appearance.

White Sox pay retention bonuses to Brad Penny, Jesse Crain
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) The White Sox paid $100,000 retention bonuses pitchers Brad Penny and Jessie Crain to keep them in the organization, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Penny has given up 12 earned runs in 15 2/3 spring innings. Crain hasn't pitched in major-league action this spring due to continued shoulder soreness.


Pitcher Mark Hendickson announces retirement from baseball
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Pitcher Mark Hendrickson announced he is retiring from baseball Tuesday, according to the Baltimore Sun

Hendrickson was released by the Orioles a couple weeks ago after making four appearances in spring training. Hendrickson pitched in the majors for 10 seasons, posting a 58-74 record with a 5.03 ERA and 666 strikeouts in 1,169 innings.


Geovany Soto, Matt Albers win spots on White Sox
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:21 pm ET) Catcher Geovany Soto and pitcher Matt Albers have won spots on the White Sox and are expected to be placed on the active roster, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Soto hit .286/.444/.500 with one home run in 28 spring at-bats. Albers posted a 5.14 ERA and 9:3 K:BB ratio in seven innings.


Cubs 3B Mike Olt feeling rejuvenated heading into 2015 season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:20 pm ET) Mike Olt is expected to be the Cubs' starting third baseman on Opening Day for a second straight year with the demotion of Kris Bryant to the minors. Even with the potential for Chicago to bring Bryant to the majors quickly, Olt is feeling confident heading into the 2015 season.

"It feels a lot different," Olt said of this season versus last year, per MLB.com. "I was able to go up there last year and learned a lot of things. I feel I'm back to the player who can really compete instead of the player who you hope is ready and you hope the swing is there. It's a lot different feeling, a lot less stressful."

Olt is having a decent spring at the plate, batting .279 with a .392 on-base percentage, .558 slugging percentage and .950 OPS in 19 games. It's a nice turnaround after batting .160 in 89 games in the majors last season.

"I had two crazy years and a lot of things happened to me," said Olt of some injury issues. "Now I feel it's in the past, and I have a new outlook on baseball and a new outlook on my career. I used to be one of those [top prospects like Bryant] -- and you forget about that. I feel myself becoming that guy again, and it makes baseball fun again."


 
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