Adam Liberatore RP LAD 6 hours ago
Liberatore was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
This moves comes as somewhat of a surprise, as 29-year-old posted a solid 3.38 ERA over 42.2 innings out of the Dodgers' bullpen in 2016. It appears that the team will rely on Luis Avilan as their top left-handed reliever, with Liberatore opening the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Josh Fields RP LAD 6 hours ago
Fields was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Acquired at the 2016 trade deadline from the Astros, Fields posted a 2.79 ERA over 19.1 innings out of the Dodger bullpen. He was expected to rejoin the team's Opening Day roster in 2017, but a rough spring camp in which he posted a 9.72 ERA over 8.1 innings ultimately led the Dodgers to option him to the minor leagues. The 31-year-old will likely open the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
DTDEnrique Hernandez 2B/LF/CF/DH LAD 7 hours ago
X-ray results on Hernandez's injured right wrist came back negative Tuesday, Bill Plunkett os the Orange County Register reports.
It appears that Hernandez and the Dodgers dodged a bullet after the utility man was hit by a pitch on the wrist during Tuesday's game. It's possible that he'll experience some bruising or discomfort, but likely won't need to miss extended time. He'll remain a valuable reserve piece for the Dodgers entering the 2017 season.
Francisco Cervelli C PIT 7 hours ago
Cervelli (foot) went 0-for-3 during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.
Cervelli was scratched from Saturday's lineup after the foot discomfort that had plagued him earlier in camp re-emerged. His return to the lineup Tuesday was an encouraging sign, but this continues to be a situation worth monitoring as the 31-year-old backstop dealt with a similar injury during the 2016 regular season.
Drew Smyly SP SEA 8 hours ago
Smyly will pitch in the series finale of the season-opening four-game set against the Astros as per manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw will follow Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton in that series. Smyly is also scheduled to start and pitch two innings in Friday's Cactus League matchup against the Rockies. He'll try to head into the regular season with some momentum after giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks over four innings against the Reds last Sunday.
DTDDaniel Murphy 1B/2B WSH 8 hours ago
Murphy will serve as the designated hitter in a minor league game Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
The star second baseman has been sidelined with an illness the past two days and has only appeared in eight Grapefruit League games this spring. Murphy is looking to get some additional at-bats at the minor league level before the regular season kicks off next week.
Caleb Smith RP CHC 8 hours ago
Smith, a 2016 Rule 5 draft selection, did not make the Cubs' Opening Day roster and will be returned to the Yankees.
Per the guidelines of the Rule 5 draft, Smith had to make the Cubs' active roster in order to remain in their organization. The defending World Series champions decided to cut ties with the 25-year-old, so he will begin the 2017 campaign as a Yankees minor-leaguer. The left-hander posted a 3.96 ERA over 63.2 innings at Double-A Trenton in 2016.
A.J. Ellis C MIA 8 hours ago
Ellis (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a run scored during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
Ellis missed extended time with a hamstring strain this spring but seems to have made a full recovery as he played five innings in a minor league game over the weekend and started Tuesday's Grapefruit League contest. He'll open the season as the primary backup catcher to J.T. Realmuto.
Jhonny Peralta 3B STL 9 hours ago
Peralta (knee) went 2-for-2 in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
Peralta exited Saturday's game early after fouling a pitch off of his knee. The X-rays came back negative and after a couple of days off, he was able to suit up Tuesday. He's slated to begin the 2017 campaign as the Cardinals' top third baseman, though he's expected to split time with Jedd Gyorko.
Cody Reed SP CIN 9 hours ago
Reed has been added to the Reds' Opening Day roster, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Reed was shelled for 10 earned runs over 3.2 innings Monday against the Giants, but the disastrous outing wasn't enough to keep him off of the rebuilding Reds' 25-man roster. The 23-year-old disappointed in his 10 starts for the Reds in 2016 (7.36 ERA), but will have a chance to redeem himself this season. He'll likely begin the year as a long-relief bullpen arm, though he could pitch his way into the rotation eventually.