Reds' Lucas Luetge: Second lefty in Reds bullpen?
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(6:57 pm ET) The Reds are leaning towards keeping a second lefty in their bullpen behind Tony Cingrani, with it coming down to Wandy Peralta or Luetge, reports.

Luetge, a non-roster invitee who spent 2016 with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, has had a better spring than Peralta, but his minor league stats last year and his previous major league appearances aren't inspiring.

Reds' Tony Cingrani: Early season saves mix
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(6:05 pm ET) Cingrani could be part of the early season saves mix, with Raisel Iglesias behind schedule following his shower fall. Entering Sunday's spring training game, Cingrani has a 4.05 ERA over 6.2 innings, with six strikeouts and five walks.

The walk ratio is representative of Cingrani's struggles last season when he did work at the end of the bullpen, as he had a 49:37 K:BB over 63 innings. Sometimes opportunity trumps skills, however, so he remains in the mix for the Reds in their unsettled bullpen.

Giants' Mark Melancon: Perfect in Cactus League action
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(3:13 pm ET) In his first appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic, Melancon fired a scoreless inning in Saturday's win over the Padres.

Saturday's outing brought Melancon's scoreless inning streak to eight this spring. The soon-to-be 32-year-old will look to build off last season's tremendous 1.64 ERA and 47 saves with his new club. The elite closer should see plenty of save opportunities for the contending Giants this season.

Braves' David Hernandez: Invited to Braves camp
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(2:41 pm ET) Hernandez agreed to a deal with the Braves on Sunday as a non-roster invitee.

After signing a minor league deal with the Giants in February, he was recently informed that he wouldn't make their 25-man roster and thus requested his release. He will report to Braves camp Monday with the hopes of making their Opening Day roster.

Dodgers' Pedro Baez: Opening Day status bleak
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(12:55 pm ET) Baez (thumb) will face hitters tomorrow but may not be ready for Opening Day, Ken Gurnick of reports.

The Dodgers continue to take a very cautious approach as Baez rehabs his injured thumb. Manager Dave Roberts said that they'd like to see the reliever throw multiple innings before playing in a regular season game. Based on this requirement, it appears more likely than not that Baez is not ready when Opening Day rolls around.

Brewers' Brent Suter: Optioned to minors
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(11:55 am ET) Suter was optioned to minor league camp Sunday.

Suter had a fighting chance to make the Opening Day roster due to the fact that he is one of the team's few left-handed pitchers, but the Brewers ultimately decided to have the southpaw to begin the season in the minor leagues. He's a candidate to rejoin the major league team sometime during 2017.

Marlins' Jeff Locke: Tosses 15 pitches Saturday
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(10:54 am ET) Locke (biceps) threw 15 pitches off a mound Saturday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

He reported no issues with his arm afterwards, but Locke is still looking at a late April or early May return to action given the amount of time he missed this spring with the injury. Depending on how the rest of the Marlins' staff is faring when he returns, the lefty could slot into the rotation or in long relief.

Reds' Raisel Iglesias: Played catch Saturday
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(10:51 am ET) Iglesias (elbow, hip) played catch Saturday and should throw off a mound soon, Zach Buchanan from the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

We have a week left before the start of the season, and while the Reds have said that Iglesias hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day, he's going to have to make significant progress to be ready. But this injury was part of a shower fall, and not due to the wear and tear of pitching, so his price shouldn't drop too much in your league.

Braves' Armando Rivero: Likely to begin season on DL
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(10:46 am ET) Rivero (shoulder) is likely to begin the season on the DL, Mark Bowman of reports.

The Rule 5 pick hasn't appeared in a single spring training game for Atlanta, and his shoulder issues also caused him to cut short his winter league stint, so this doesn't appear to be something that will resolve itself any time soon. Rivero will need to spend at least 90 days on the active roster to lose his Rule 5 status this season and remain in the Braves' organization, but that still gives the club plenty of time to let him rehab and strengthen his shoulder on the DL before being activated.

Braves' Mauricio Cabrera: Likely to begin season on DL
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(10:40 am ET) Cabrera (elbow) is still at least a few days away from finding out when he'll be able to throw again, and a DL stint to begin the season appears likely, Mark Bowman of reports.

The 23-year-old said Saturday the discomfort in his elbow has subsided over the last few days, but the Braves have no reason to rush Cabrera back into action. His status for the regular season should become clearer once the team determines when he's able to resume throwing.

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