Casey Sadler SP PIT 3 Hrs
Pirates optioned RHP Casey Sadler to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Sadler had a 3.31 ERA and 67/42 K/BB ratio over 103 1/3 innings in Double-A last season before finishing the year at the Triple-A level. The 23-year-old has a chance of reaching the majors later this year, but he's unlikely to be anything more than a No. 5 starter or middle reliever.
Joley Rodriguez SP PIT 3 Hrs
Pirates optioned LHP Joely Rodriguez to Double-A Altoona.
Rodriguez, 22, was added to Pittsburgh's 40-man roster in November after posting a 2.70 ERA and 101/39 K/BB ratio over 140 innings last season between Class A West Virginia and High-A Bradenton. Baseball America ranked him as the team's No. 30 prospect over the winter.
Alen Hanson SS PIT 3 Hrs
Pirates optioned INF Alen Hanson to Double-A Altoona.
Hanson is coming off a season where he hit .274/.329/.427 with eight home runs and 58 RBI in 127 games between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. The 21-year-old scuffled a bit after his promotion, so the Pirates hope to see some progress. He's still a solid prospect, but will likely be forced over to second base in the long-term.
Ike Davis 1B NYM 3 Hrs
Ike Davis (calf) is now wearing a walking boot on his right leg.
Davis has been sidelined for the past week due to right calf tightness and apparently hasn't seen much improvement. We haven't seen much of a battle for the first base job so far this spring, as Lucas Duda is sidelined with hamstring tightness.
Shane Victorino will make his spring debut in Monday's Grapefruit League game.
Victorino has been brought along slowly this spring following offseason thumb surgery. He has also been working on strengthening his groin muscles, which gave him some trouble last season. It's worth noting that Grady Sizemore is batting leadoff Monday, not Victorino or Daniel Nava, but this could just be a way to get him as many at-bats as possible. On the other hand, it could be a sneak preview of what John Farrell has in mind for a potential lineup.
Ervin Santana SP KC 3 Hrs
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins still have an offer out to free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
The Twins' previous offer was for three years and $42 million with a vesting option for a fourth year which could have pushed the overall value to $56 million. However, it's unclear whether this particular offer is still standing. It was reported over the weekend that Santana is looking for a one-year deal with a strong offensive club. As of now, the Orioles and Blue Jays are considered the favorites to land him.
Yeison Asencio RF SD 11 Hrs
Padres optioned OF Yeison Asencio to Double-A San Antonio.
The 24-year-old outfielder hit .277/.307/.401 with seven homers, 76 RBI and four stolen bases in 131 games between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio in 2013. He's not close to making an impact on the big league level.
Adys Portillo SP SD 11 Hrs
Padres reassign RHPs Adys Portillo, Joe Ross and OF Daniel Robertson to minor league camp.
No real surprises among the first group of cuts, per usual. The 22-year-old Portillo dealt with a wide array of arm and lat injuries, limiting him to only three starts during the 2013 season.
Jedd Gyorko 2B/3B SD 12 Hrs
Jedd Gyorko went 1-for-3 with his first RBI of the Cactus League season as the Padres and Diamondbacks played to a 2-2 tie on Sunday.
The 25-year-old is hitting .250 (5-for-20) in the early-going, but has just one extra-base hit and has fanned five times. He should knock more balls over the boards than most at the second base position, but is completely devoid of speed and could deliver a questionable average.
Joaquin Benoit RP SD 12 Hrs
Joaquin Benoit had another outstanding Cactus League performance against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, fanning all three hitters that he faced.
The 36-year-old has now tossed four scoreless innings this spring, allowing just two hits and posting a terrific 8/0 K/BB ratio. With the oft-injured Huston Street being the only barrier between Benoit and save chances in San Diego, he makes for a nice option for those speculating for saves in the later rounds.