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Red Sox's Koji Uehara to throw a bullpen, still unlikely for Opening Day
(4:31 pm ET) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will toss a bullpen session on Monday but manager John Farrell doesn't expect him to ready by Opening Day, according to the Boston Globe

Uehara had felt discomfort in his hamstring during a bullpen session Saturday, possibly reaggravating an injury he sustained while running on March 17. 

Uehara has allowed two earned runs on seven hits in three innings of work this spring.


Nationals, Reed Johnson agree to minor-league deal
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:31 pm ET) The Nationals have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Reed Johnson with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Monday.

Johnson was granted his unconditional release by the Marlins Monday, paving the way for him to join the Nationals. He's no stranger the NL East, as he spent 2013 with the Braves before joining the Marlins for the 2014 season and hitting .235/.266/.348 in 187 at-bats. Johnson was just 8 for 39 this spring before being released.


Nationals RF Jayson Werth faced live hitters for first time Monday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4:30 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams said that right fielder Jayson Werth took some in-game hits in a minor-league game for the first time this spring, according to The Washington Post

Werth had surgery on his shoulder which has kept him out this spring. He's not expected to be ready for Opening Day as Williams previously called him "a stretch" to play by then. 

Werth hit .292 with 16 home runs a season ago. 


Cardinals' Martinez edges out Gonzales for final spot in rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:27 pm ET) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Monday starting pitcher Carlos Martinez has beaten out Marco Gonzales for the final spot in the rotation. Gonzales will be in the rotation at Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in five spring outings (four starts). He also struck out 16 batters and walked five in 16 innings.

Gonzales had a pretty solid spring, going 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five outings (four starts). Although, he did have some control issues, walking seven batters in 17 1/3 innings. He had nine strikeouts.


Pirates name Jeff Locke to rotation, Vance Worley heads to bullpen
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:26 pm ET) The Pirates named pitcher Jeff Locke as the fifth starter in the rotation Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Locke wasn't at his best this spring, giving up 10 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings while posting a 9:5 K:BB ratio, but he is still set to open the season in the rotation. He went 7-6 with a 3.91 ERA and 89:40 K:BB ratio in 131 1/3 innings in 2014.

Vance Worley, who was Locke's primary competition for the role, will head to the bullpen after allowing 10 earned runs in 17 innings while striking out 11 and walking one.


Blue Jays release Ramon Santiago, reassign Daric Barton
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:24 pm ET) The Blue Jays trimmed their roster by two on Monday, SportsNet reported

The Jays released infielder Ramon Santiago . The 35-year-old Santiago was signed as a free agent in the offseason and hit .417 in spring training. 

The team also reassigned first baseman Daric Barton to its minor league camp. Barton signed as an offseason free agent and hit .250 this spring. 


Nationals' Rendon meeting with Dr. Andrews for second opinion
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:21 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday third baseman Anthony Rendon met with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on the MCL sprain in his left knee. The team is awaiting the diagnosis from Dr. Andrews.

Nationals' Matt Williams: Casey Janssen has tendinitis
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4:15 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced that pitcher Casey Janssen is dealing with tendinitis in his right shoulder

Janssen underwent an MRI on Monday, which revealed the extend of the injury. Janssen previously told reporters he was unsure how long this injury would sideline him for. He said, via The Washington Post, that the injury is "not a major concern."

While Janssen should be OK with rest and standard treatment, his status for the start of the season is still up in the air. 


Farrell: Leon acquisition likely pushes Swihart to Triple-A roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:12 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Monday with the acquisition of Sandy Leon from the Nationals, prospect Blake Swihart will start the season in Triple-A, per ESPN. Leon has the inside track for the backup catcher job behind Ryan Hanigan.

Twins catcher Josmil Pinto catches in minor-league game Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:10 pm ET) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (concussion) caught three innings in a minor-league game Monday. He went 0 for 1 with two walks. He plans to catch in another minor-league game Tuesday, per the Pioneer Press.

 
 
 
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