DTDRoberto Osuna RP TOR 13 hours ago
Osuna was held out of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game due to a stiff neck, Sportsnet's Jeff Blair reports.
Osuna was scheduled to face the Tigers but will instead have his appearance moved back by at least a day or two, joining the growing list of Blue Jays sidelined by nagging injuries. It's a bit worrisome this close to the start of the season, though there's been no suggestion Osuna is dealing with anything serious.
DTDMichael Taylor CF WSH 14 hours ago
Taylor (personal) remains away from the team, MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Taylor is dealing with a serious family matter and was told to take as much time as he needs. The 25-year-old outfielder has already been away from the team since Saturday, and it doesn't sound as if a return is imminent. Taylor seems to have a secure grasp on the fourth outfielder job.
Hoby Milner SP CLE 14 hours ago
Milner, a Rule 5 pick, will likely be offered back to the Phillies in the coming days, SB Nation reports.
Milner's Cactus League stats (9.00 ERA and 1.71 WHIP) are largely inflated by an implosion against the Brewers on March 6 when he allowed five runs on three hits and two walks in one inning. Outside of that, the 26-year-old has put on a respectable show that still isn't good enough to crack one of MLB's better bullpens.
David DeJesus LF LAA 14 hours ago
DeJesus officially announced his retirement from professional baseball Wednesday on his personal Twitter account.
The 37-year-old DeJesus, who sat out the 2016 season after failing to attract many intriguing offers in free agency, will finish his career with a respectable .275/.349/.412 slash line across parts of 13 seasons. He'll now transition to a broadcasting career, covering the Cubs for CSN Chicago.
OUTTyson Ross SP TEX 14 hours ago
Ross (shoulder) said he felt fine after completing Wednesday's bullpen session, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Ross threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, in his first bullpen session of the year. His rehab process seems to be on schedule or even a little bit ahead, with recent reports suggesting he could join the Rangers by early May. Once he's available, it's no sure thing Ross will have a spot in the starting rotation, as he only garnered a one-year, $6 million contract in the wake of his injury-decimated 2016 campaign.
Jose Valdez RP LAA 14 hours ago
Valdez didn't allow a run in his lone inning of work Tuesday, he gave up two hits and struck out two in a win over the Reds.
Valdez has given up just one run through eight innings this spring. The 27-year-old has put himself in the conversation for one of the Angels' final bullpen spots. He posted a 4.24 ERA in 32.1 innings last season, so he wouldn't have much value as a middle reliever.
Ryan Webb RP TB 14 hours ago
Webb was released Wednesday by the Brewers.
Webb was only able to make three appearances with the Brewers in Cactus League play, which didn't provide adequate opportunity for him to seriously contend for a bullpen spot. The journeyman middle reliever has been steady, if unspectacular, in a setup role for much of his career, but after turning in a 5.19 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 18 appearances with the Rays last season, Webb will likely have to settle for a minor-league contract first before getting another opportunity in the big leagues.
Joba Chamberlain RP CLE 14 hours ago
Chamberlain was released by the Brewers on Wednesday.
Chamberlain, who registered a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings with the Indians last season, attended Brewers camp as a non-roster invitee, but the team couldn't find enough opportunities in Cactus League play for him to stake his claim to a bullpen spot. The 31-year-old will try to latch on with another organization, but may have to settle for a minor-league deal.
Mike Montgomery P CHC 14 hours ago
Montgomery is likely to begin the year in a long-relief/spot-starter role, with Brett Anderson as the team's fifth starter, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Anderson has never been a reliever, while Montgomery excelled in a relief role last season, including getting the save in Game 7 of the World Series, so that helped make the decision for the Cubs. However, Anderson has a history of missing games due to injury, so Montgomery could find himself in the rotation at some point. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has also said he may take a "hybrid" approach that occasionally uses a sixth starter.
Mike Clevinger SP CLE 14 hours ago
Manager Terry Francona said that he'd rather Clevinger provide depth as a starting pitcher from the minor leagues than break camp as a reliever, Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reports.
Clevinger logged 53 innings for the Indians last season. He posted a 5.26 ERA and tallied 50 strikeouts as he floated between the rotation and bullpen. However, the right-hander is a starter by nature and the organization plans to keep it that way. "You need depth starters," Francona said. "You can always bring him back to the bullpen. If you put a guy in a bullpen role, it's really hard to stretch him out." That said, Clevinger has been terrible this spring in his limited time on the bump (seven runs allowed on six hits and eight walks through 5.2 innings), and the 26-year-old is destined to begin the 2017 campaign at Triple-A Columbus.