Cardinals trade LHP Sam Freeman to Rangers
by Igor Mello |
(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.

Jairo Diaz, Cristhian Adames among Rockies' latest cuts
by Igor Mello |
(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

Dodgers' Brandon League (shoulder) to miss at least two months
by Igor Mello |
(12:25 pm ET) 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 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 |
(12:14 pm ET) 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.

Bobby Parnell plans mid-April return to Mets
by Shawn Krest |
(10:14 am ET) Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell believes he'll return to the mound two weeks earlier than planned. 

Parnell is recovering from Tommy John surgery a year ago and was slowed by a groin injury during spring training. The team is aiming for a May 1 return date. 

Parnell will pitch in a minor league game on Sunday and believes he'll be back by mid-April. 

"Make sure you get your tickets," Parnell said to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Alex Castellanos, Chasen Bradford sent to minor-league camp
by Igor Mello |
(9:28 am ET) The Mets reassigned Alex Castellanos and Chasen Bradford to minor-league camp on Saturday, per ESPN.

Mets reliever Vic Black throws off a mound
by Igor Mello |
(9:26 am ET) Mets pitcher Vic Black, who threw off flat ground on Thursday, took another step forward in his rehab from a shoulder injury with a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning, reports ESPN.

Black, who has been sidelined since mid-March with the injury, told reporters he feels fine and is scheduled for another session on Monday. Earlier this week pitching coach Dan Warthen said Black is "right on the cusp" of being ready for Opening Day.

Rockies pitcher Rex Brothers working to fix command issues
by Brandon Wise |
(1:25 am ET) Rockies pitcher Rex Brothers gave up four runs on four hits in Thursday's game, his first rough patch of spring training. Brothers thinks his command faded when he got batters down in the count, reports the Denver Post.

"It was like an out-of-body experience," he said Friday. "Just one of those oddity nights. I was sharp until I got into put-away counts, then it was brutal. Absolutely brutal."

Manager Walt Weiss isn't concerned about his appearance and thinks it was more of an aberration.

"There's been enough positive signs in spring to feel good about where he is," Weiss said. "But fact of the matter is, that stuff is always right around the corner. Not just him, but anybody."

Brewers pitcher Will Smith holds key to success out of the bullpen
by Brandon Wise |
(12:49 am ET) Brewers pitcher Will Smith could be the best cog in Milwaukee's bullpen this season. Manager Ron Roenicke sure hopes so, reports

"I think coming into it, we're counting on him to pitch some high-leverage innings," Roenicke said Friday. "He's going to be a huge part of that bullpen and what we do and how I match up the seventh and eighth inning. He's going to be important."

Smith has a 0.87 ERA in eight appearances this spring and posted a 3.70 ERA in 78 games last season.

"My last two outings I felt really good out there, really strong," Smith said on Friday. "Me and the catchers are on the same page for everything now. I think I'm good to go now."

Phillies' Jake Diekman historically bad in loss
by Shawn Krest |
(12:33 am ET) Phillies pitcher Jake Diekman declared his Friday appearance, "the worst outing in the history of the world." 

Diekman entered a scoreless game in the fifth inning and promptly gave up a double and four singles before recording an out. He ended up allowing seven runs in one third of an inning.

"I fell behind in counts and every strike I threw they took a good swing at," Diekman said, per CSN Philly. "It’s embarrassing. ... It's unbelievable." 

Despite his 12.27 ERA, Diekman got a vote of confidence from manager Ryne Sandberg. "There’s no concern," he said. 

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