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Cubs option RHP Eric Jokisch down to Triple-A Iowa
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) The Cubs optioned 25-year-old right-hander Eric Jokisch to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Jokisch, who made his first career major-league start the penultimate day of the season, allowed eight earned runs in 12 innings of work in Cactus League play.

Padres choose James Shields to start Opening Day
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:15 pm ET) Padres pitcher James Shields is the choice to start Opening Day, manager Bud Black said on Saturday, per MLB.com's Paul Casella

It will be Shields' seventh Opening Day start and fourth straight. He started the opener four times for the Rays and each of the last two seasons for the Royals before signing with the Padres as an offseason free agent. 

Shields was 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts this spring.


Blue Jays Johan Santana should return to mound in mid-April
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:12 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Johan Santana could return to the mound by mid-April, manager John Gibbons told the media. 

Santana is returning from shoulder and Achilles problems and is working his way back into playing form slowly. 

"I'm guessing, from what I heard, don't hold me to it, but they're hoping by the middle of April," Gibbons said, per MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm.


Cardinals trade LHP Sam Freeman to Rangers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:10 pm ET) 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.


A's want Coco Crisp to play three times before Opening Day
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:02 pm ET) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that he would like to see Coco Crisp play at least three more games this spring before he's declared ready for Opening Day on April 6 against Texas, per the Bay Area News Group.

Crisp received a cortisone injection into his right elbow earlier in the week, and could have some loose bone chips floating in his arm. He has been sidelined since March 23 due to the issue.

"If he can play Tuesday, we'd giving him a day off Wednesday and then have him play a couple of time in the Bay Bridge series," Melvin said.


Michael Brantley may return to Indians lineup on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will miss his fifth game in a row on Saturday, due to back tightness, per Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. 

Brantley is expected to return to the Indians' lineup for Sunday's game. 


Chris Sale takes fielding practice with White Sox pitchers
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:56 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale took pitchers' fielding practice with the rest of the staff on Saturday, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago.

Sale has been throwing simulated games and is nearing a comeback to game action after suffering a broken foot earlier in camp. 


Padres send down Jake Goebbert, Brett Wallace and Cody Decker
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:53 pm ET) The Padres reassigned three players to minor league camp on Saturday: 

OF/1B Jake Goebbert , who hit .235 in 17 spring at bats.

Infielder Brett Wallace , who hit .391 in 23 at bats.  

1B/OF Cody Decker , who hit .250 in 16 at bats. 


Jairo Diaz, Cristhian Adames among Rockies' latest cuts
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:52 pm ET) 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.

J.P. Arencibia on Orioles' travel list to face Blue Jays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:51 pm ET) Orioles catcher J.P. Arencibia is scheduled to travel with the team to Dunedin, Fla., on Sunday, according to MLB.com. Arencibia has been sidelined since Thursday with a strained right flexor mass. He is 2 for 17 in nine Grapefruit League games.

 
 
 
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