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Tigers bullpen decision coming down to Ian Krol, Kyle Ryan


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is running out of time to finish off his bullpen for Opening Day. The final bullpen role will likely be a left-handed pitcher and is expected to come down to Kyle Ryan and Ian Krol, according to MLB.com.

"If I'm there, hopefully it's a good situation, whether it's long or short," Ryan said. "For them to have enough confidence in me to go into Spring Training as a reliever, and actually for them to believe that I might be able to make the team as a reliever, that makes me proud."

Ryan has given up seven runs on seven hits in 11 innings of work this spring. 

"When he throws it right, it's good," Ausmus said of Krol. "He has a tendency to occasionally slow his arm down on his cutter and curveball. He did it a couple times today. But when he doesn't slow his arm down, it's very good."


White Sox hope to have Robertson, Petricka back by Opening Day


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Two key members of the White Sox bullpen are working their way back from forearm injuries, but manager Robin Ventura is confident he'll have both back by opening day. 

Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch on Sunday. 

"We're trying to make sure we’re extra careful with him," Ventura said, per Comcast's Dan Hayes. "He doesn’t seem to be concerned about it as much as we do."

Setup man Jake Petricka isn't as far along as Robertson. He played catch on Saturday for the first time in five days.

The Sox are taking it slow, so that the team will have both pitchers for Opening Day as well as the rest of the season. 

"You’re just making sure you’re cautious enough that you feel good about when (they go) out there that there won’t be any setbacks,” Ventura said. 


Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances continues to struggle on the mound


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances is still not quite right on the mound. Betances gave up another run Saturday, his fifth in seven appearances this spring.

"At the end of the day, you've got to try to prepare yourself," Betances said to MLB.com. "But I guess it's better to happen now in Spring Training where I can fix it before we leave and head up north. I'd rather it happen now than in season, when it's a little tougher there when the games count more."

Betances is working to fix his leg kick on the mound with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

"It's not like I'm missing as bad as I once was," Betances said. "I'm around the zone. I felt way better even before I came in. I felt like my direction was better, something I'll try to work on more. As that gets better, I think I'll be able to throw more strikes and put guys away."


Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva expecting to make team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Villanueva wants to make sure he is on the major league roster this season, reports MLB.com.

After St. Louis announced the trade of Sam Freeman earlier Saturday, it opened things up for another arm to make the team. Villanueva also has an opt-out clause in his contract to be released if he is not on the roster for Opening Day.

"My preference is to stay here with this group," Villanueva said. "After that first game out there, I felt that I've thrown the ball very well. I have no regrets about how I've pitched. It's not like they haven't seen it before. I think what they needed to see from me is what they've seen in previous years. It's a decision that's out of my hands after that."

Manager Mike Matheny still doesn't know what he plans to do.

"It's coming down to the wire," Matheny said. "We probably have more questions than most clubs do late because we've given ourselves flexibility to not have it done halfway through. We're taking our time to watch these guys compete and also allowing for the potential if something doesn't go right."


Indians Closer Cody Allen changes regimen to be ready this year


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Indians closer Cody Allen has changed his throwing routine in order be ready to go for opening day, reports MLB.com.

The team has mixed in Minor League appearances with his Cactus League play.

"I think what happened the last two springs, I was ready too far ahead in the spring," Allen said on Saturday. "So, when they'd try to pull me back a little bit, I'd lose my rhythm a little bit and then try to get it again before the season started. This year, I've been able to build up to being in that perfect spot right at Opening Day."

Allen has posted an ERA of 1.50 with two walks in six innings of work this spring. Last season he finished with an ERA of 2.07 with 24 saves, throwing 91 strikeouts and 26 walks in 69 2/3 innings pitched.


Tigers P Bruce Rondon not a lock for the roster


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After spending last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon believes he'll be ready to go for the start of this season, reports MLB.com. But the pitcher is not guaranteed to make the roster.

"I know that we've been discussing it quite a bit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I do think you have to keep in mind that he came to Spring Training and hadn't pitched in a game in a long time. Whether he makes the team or not, or whether we think he needs more development, the important thing is his strength is there, the arm strength is there. In the long term or even in the near term, you would think he's going to have some impact on the Detroit Tigers. But I think your questions are fair and they're certainly questions that we've discussed."

Rondon has yet to pitch a full season at the Major League level. This spring he has an ERA of 5.68, allowing 10 hits, two home runs while walking two batters.


Mets reassign pitcher Scott Rice to minors


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Mets have reassigned relief pitcher Scott Rice to their minor league camp, according to NJ.com.

Rice posted a 9.64 ERA in seven spring training appearances. He made 32 appearances in 2014 with a 5.93 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings pitched.


Juan Carlos Oviedo informed he won't break camp with Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rangers right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo was informed that he won't break camp with the club, and was offered a minor-league assignment, according to MLB.com. Oviedo signed a minor-league contract with the club in January, and has the option to refuse the assignment and take his release, which he did.

Oviedo has been sidelined since March 14 with biceps tendinitis. He posted a 4.91 ERA in four spring appearances.


Rangers option Ranaudo, Ohlendorf; Schierholtz takes his release


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Rangers announced several roster moves on Saturday. The team optioned pitcher Anthony Ranaudo down to Triple-A Round Rock and reassigned pitcher Ross Ohlendorf down to minor-league camp while he recovers from a groin injury. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz has taken his release from the Rangers, per MLB.com. 

Diamondbacks release seven players on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Diamondbacks released Jeremy Accardo, Ryan Court, Justin Gonzalez, Jonathan Griffin, Danny Moskovitz, Henry Rodriguez and Kyle Schepel on Saturday, per MLB.com.

Hamstring bothers Koji Uehara in Red Sox bullpen session


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Koji Uehara tested his ailing right hamstring with a bullpen session  for the Red Sox on Saturday. Unfortunately, it didn't pass. 

Uehara did his first throwing in two weeks, and he reported lingering discomfort, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.

There's still the possibility he'll be ready by opening day. He'll try again on Monday, and then be able to get two game appearances in. 

"Realizing that we're 10 days or nine days from opening, even if Koji were to get in a couple of games, I think, we'd still remain open-minded to beginning [with him]," manager John Farrell said. "We're talking about a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy, who has been able to keep his arm in shape, at least through long toss and at least some flatground. This is still day to day at this point."


Daniel Webb among latest White Sox roster cuts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The White Sox trimmed its big-league roster down to 39 after another round of cuts on Saturday, per ESPN. The team optioned right-hander Daniel Webb to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigned left-hander Zach Phillips to minor-league camp.

Carrasco scratched to attend birth of child; House to start Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Indians rotation hopeful T.J. House is scheduled to start on Sunday against the White Sox, according to MLB.com. House will replace Carlos Carrasco, who was scratched for personal reasons. Carrasco is out out of town for the birth of his child, per MLB.com.

Cardinals trade LHP Sam Freeman to Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Cardinals traded left-handed pitcher Sam Freeman to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to the team's official website.

Freeman, 27, appeared in 44 games for the Cardinals last season. He posted a 2.61 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and 35:19 K:BB ratio over 38 innings of work. He has allowed a .758 OPS against left-handed hitters during his three-year run with the Cardinals.


Jairo Diaz, Cristhian Adames among Rockies' latest cuts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Rockies have optioned right-hander Jairo Diaz, infielder Cristhian Adames, outfielder Kyle Parker to the minors. Left-hander Kenny Roberts, catchers Dustin Garneau and Ryan Casteel were all reassigned to minor-league camp, according to MLB.com.

Angels send down Cam Bedrosian, Adam Will


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Angels sent down two pitchers on Saturday. 

RHP Cam Bedrosian was sent to the minor leagues. The Angels' first-round draft pick in 2010 had a 5.06 ERA in five games this spring. 

LHP Adam Wilk was also demoted. The 27-year-old had a 3.68 ERA in six games. 


Dodgers' Brandon League (shoulder) to miss at least two months


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon League is hoping to avoid surgery after he had his shoulder examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews on Friday, according to MLB.com. League is expected to be placed on the 60-day disabled list and will miss at least two months of game action, according to Los Angeles Times. 

Dodgers' Kenley Jansen to have walking boot removed on Tuesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen will have the walking boot on his left foot removed on Tuesday, according to Eric Stephen of SB Nation.

Jansen has worn the boot since he underwent surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot in mid-February. He will start the season on the disabled list.


Ross Ohlendorf will start season at Rangers' Triple-A


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf will not be ready in time for Opening Day, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.

Ohlendorf is battling a groin injury. The team will start him in Triple-A, but the Rangers expect him to pitch in the Major Leagues at some point in the season. 


Angels release veteran pitcher Matt Lindstrom on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Angels have released pitcher Matt Lindstrom on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Lindstrom, 35, posted a 5.03 ERA through 34 innings last season for the White Sox. This spring, he allowed seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Athletics' Nate Freiman will start season at extended spring training


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Athletics first baseman Nate Freiman (back) is expected to join Josh Reddick, Jarrod Parker (elbow), A.J. Griffin (elbow), Sean Nolin (hernia) and Taylor Thompson (shoulder) at extended spring training to start the season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. 

Freiman told reporters his back is feeling better lately after some aggressive treatment on his back. He has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.


Rangers P Shawn Tolleson could see game action on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson completed a bullpen session without any forearm issues, and remains hopeful of seeing some game action on Sunday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Tolleson has been sidelined since March 20 with a right forearm injury.

Red Sox not closing door on Koji Uehara's status for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that he hasn't closed the door on closer Koji Uehara's status for Opening Day, even with less in-game preparation than usual, according to the Providence Journal.

"He's a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy," Farrell said.

Uehara has been sidelined since March 14 with a hamstring issue.


Rays place Alex Colome on DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Rays placed pitcher Alex Colome on the disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with pneumonia, the team announced on Saturday. 

Colome would be eligible to return to the active roster on April 11, but according to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, he won't be ready for another week or two after that. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Saturday, per the Tampa Tribune.


Tigers release Luke Putkonen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Tigers released pitcher Luke Putkonen on Saturday. 

Putkonen missed most of last season with an elbow injury, and the team outrighed him to Triple-A in January, removing him from the 40-man roster. He had a non-roster invitation to Major League camp, but he had a 7.36 ERA in four games. 


 
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