Carlos Beltran RF/DH HOU 17 minutes ago
Beltran started in left field and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Monday's game against St. Louis, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This was Beltran's first time playing in the field, and he'll do so again Thursday in an exhibition against the Cubs. He'll also get a start in the field during the first week of the regular season. Manager A.J. Hinch said earlier this spring that he'd like to see Beltran play 30 to 40 games in left field this season, but the 40-year-old is expected to spend most of his time at designated hitter.
DTDGregor Blanco OF/DH SF 25 minutes ago
Blanco was released by the Diamondbacks on Monday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Blanco had a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to opt out on Tuesday if he didn't make the Diamondbacks roster. He struggled to hit during Cactus League action (.225 in 40 at-bats with nine strikeouts) and as a result he lost out on a roster spot despite an injury to Socrates Brito. Blanco's defensive chops make him a likely candidate to be picked up somewhere, but he doesn't have the bat to start in a major league outfield.
Mike Mayers RP STL 29 minutes ago
Mayers was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Mayers finished with a sharp 1.64 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 11 spring innings, and the 25-year-old likely made an impression on Cardinals brass. That said, with options remaining and a solid veteran bullpen in place in St. Louis, Mayers's chances of making the team out of spring training were slim to none to begin with. If he can carry his strong performance into the regular season, he'll be a top call-up option should the Cardinals need reinforcements.
DTDSean Gilmartin RP NYM 31 minutes ago
Gilmartin has been battling a left shoulder injury, but faced live batters Monday, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.
Gilmartin has not pitched since March 8 due to the injury. However, it seems as if he is on the road back. Fellow lefties Josh Smoker and Josh Edgin have performed well this spring, making Gilmartin a likely candidate to begin the season in the minors. The 26-year-old proved himself a solid bullpen presence in 2015 for the Mets, before bouncing between the majors and minors last season as long-relief help, allowing 14 runs in 17 innings pitched with New York.
DTDAaron Sanchez SP TOR 35 minutes ago
Sanchez popped a blister in Monday's spring start, John Lott of the National Post reports.
The Blue Jays are already planning on pushing Sanchez's debut back to April 11, so it shouldn't cause Sanchez to miss any time. We'll keep an eye on his status as spring draws to a close, but since Toronto was planning on giving him a light workload this spring anyway, the injury shouldn't have much impact.
Carson Kelly C STL 52 minutes ago
Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Kelly has made a great case in his young minor league career to become Yadier Molina's successor in St. Louis. He hit .292/.352/.381 for Memphis over 32 games last season, a particularly impressive mark considering he was 5.4 years younger than the average Triple-A player. Eric Fryer will back up Molina for now, but Kelly has a chance to play his way onto the roster in the second half of 2017.
DTDTom Gorzelanny RP CLE 53 minutes ago
Gorzelanny has been dealing with a left shoulder injury and was sent for tests Monday, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.
Gorzelanny has not pitched since March 16 because of the injury to his throwing shoulder. The 34-year-old was a non-roster invitee to camp, where he struggled, posting a 9.45 ERA in 6.2 innings. Combined with other solid left-handed bullpen options competing for roster spots, the injury has all but guaranteed Gorzelanny will not make the team. Last season, he appeared in just seven games for the Indians.
Devon Travis 2B TOR 1 hour ago
Travis (knee) will stay and work out in Florida, missing the upcoming weekend trip to Montreal because the team doesn't want the second baseman playing on the turf at Olympic Stadium, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.
After spending most of spring training rehabbing and strengthening his right knee, the Jays will play it safe with their leadoff man in the final weekend of Grapefruit League games. However, the club will have to expose Travis to the turf soon enough, as its home ballpark, the Rogers Centre, is one of only two remaining venues in MLB using artificial turf. The other is Tampa's Tropicana Field, where the Jays play their third regular-season game on April 6 versus the Rays. Placing Travis on the DL to open the year is still an option, but as of now, he's expected to be ready to take the field in the 2017 opener in Baltimore on April 3.
Jeurys Familia RP NYM 1 hour ago
Familia's suspension for last October's domestic violence incident is "almost certain" to be less than the 30 games Aroldis Chapman received last year, The New York Times reports.
This news comes after Familia met with Commissioner Rob Manfred in New York on Monday. An official ruling on the suspension is expected this week. The Mets are already prepared to begin the season without Familia, with Addison Reed expected to handle closing duties.
OUTBo Schultz RP TOR 1 hour ago
Schultz will seek a second opinion on Tuesday from a New York doctor while battling an elbow injury, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.
The severity of Schultz's injury remains unknown, but it appears the right-hander is dealing with a serious situation. Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The FAN reports Schultz is likely going to need elbow surgery. Tuesday's events should clarify where the 31-year-old stands and provide a timetable for his recovery.