Orioles P Steve Johnson cleared to play catch
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson posted on his social media page that he's been cleared to start playing catch.

Johnson underwent surgery shortly after the end of the 2014 season to remove a large bone spur behind his right shoulder. He registered a 6.23 ERA in 47 2/3 innings at three different levels in the minors, with most of his action coming with Triple-A Norfolk. He's expected to be ready for spring training.

Astros LHP Downs, IF Petit heading to Fresno
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Astros have outrighted left-hander Darin Downs to Triple-A Fresno after having cleared waivers. 

The team has also announced that infielder Gregorio Petit has accepted an assignment to Fresno. He and Downs are set to join the squad in spring training.

Darin Downs outrighted to Triple-A Fresno
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Astros sent left-handed reliever Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno. Downs made 45 appearances with the Astros last season. He posted a 5.45 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and 27:19 K:BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings.

Rays outright Brandon Gomes to Triple-A
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Rays have sent pitcher Brandon Gomes outright to Triple-A Durham. He delivered a 3.71 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 24:11 K:BB ratio in 34 innings in 2014.

Blue Jays claim LHP Scott Barnes off waivers Tuesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Blue Jays have claimed left-hander Scott Barnes off waivers from the Rangers, the team announced Tuesday. Barnes has not pitched in the majors since 2013. He has a 5.20 career ERA over 27 2/3 innings of relief. Rowen posted a 4.15 ERA in 8 2/3 innings over eight appearances with the Rangers.  

Athletics P Fernando Rodriguez outrighted to Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodriguez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Rodriguez went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven relief outings for Oakland.

Preston Guilmet claimed off waivers by Blue Jays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Blue Jays have claimed right-hander Preston Guilmet off waivers, according to MLBDailyDish.com. Guilmet has pitched in 14 major league games, all in relief, and yielded 12 runs on 16 hits in 15 2/3 innings.

Rangers release Ben Rowen
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) The Rangers have released relief pitcher Ben Rowen . Rowen, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week, posted a 4.15 ERA in 8 2/3 innings with the Rangers in 2014 as well as a 3.45 ERA and 31:9 K:BB ratio in 47 innings with Triple-A Round Rock.

Indians sign pitcher Scott Downs to minor-league contract
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) The Indians announced they signed pitcher Scott Downs to a minor-league contract Saturday.

Downs also received a non-roster invite to MLB camp.

Rays designate veteran RHP Brandon Gomes
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Rays have designated right-hander Brandon Gomes for assignment.

Gomes split last season between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham. He finished the year with a 2-2 mark and 3.71 ERA in 29 relief appearances.

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