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Date Player
3/30/2015 Carlos Villanueva, P (StL), P
The St. Louis Cardinals have told reliever Carlos Villanueva he will be on their 25-man opening-day roster.

Analysis: The 31-year-old right-hander agreed to a minor league contract in February and had the right to request his release if not added to the roster by Monday. He will get a $2 million, one-year contract and the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for three and six starts.
3/30/2015 Sandy Leon, C (Bos), C
Leon has been traded to the Boston Red Sox by the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Analysis: Leon was the third catcher on Washington's depth chart. In 34 major league games with the Nationals over the past three seasons, Leon hit .189 with three doubles, one homer and five RBIs. He is a career .236 batter in the minors. The Red Sox said Leon will be assigned to major league camp. They put catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, a move that made room for Leon on the 40-man roster.
3/30/2015 Michael Kohn, P (Atl), P
The Atlanta Braves have sent right-handers Michael Kohn and Arodys Vizcaino to the minors, trimming two more pitchers expected to contend for spots in the bullpen.

Analysis: The Braves announced Monday that Kohn was reassigned to their minor league camp. Kohn was demoted after giving up two runs in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh. He was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight innings.
3/30/2015 Arodys Vizcaino, P (Atl), P
The Atlanta Braves have sent right-handers Arodys Vizcaino and Michael Kohn to the minors, trimming two more pitchers expected to contend for spots in the bullpen.

Analysis: The Braves announced Monday that Vizcaino was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.
3/30/2015 David Lough, LF (Bal), LF
Lough is suffering from a hamstring injury, manager Buck Showalter said.

Analysis: Lough was scratched from Tuesday's game with back spasms and hasn't played since. It's possible that Lough will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
3/30/2015 Christian Vazquez, C (Bos), C
Vazquez is on the 60-day DL with a sore throwing elbow.,

Analysis: Vazquez, who has been sidelined with a sore throwing elbow, is scheduled to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Vazquez has caught only 26 innings this spring and last played March 13. Veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Humberto Quintero will be behind the plate until Vasquez gets back.
3/30/2015 David Rollins, P (Sea), P
Rollins was suspended for 80 games on Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Analysis: Major League Baseball announced Rollins' suspension, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension. "This was when I got back from winter ball," Rollins said. "I was sore, and I was just trying to speed up the recovery. And just made a bad judgment."
3/30/2015 Casey Janssen, P (Was), P
Janssen is suffering from right shoulder discomfort.

Analysis: Janssen is expected to have a MRI on his right shoulder on Monday.
3/29/2015 David Ortiz, DH (Bos), DH
Ortiz was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts Sunday, lowering his average to .208.

Analysis: Ortiz recently vehemently denied he uses performing-enhancing drugs in an illuminating interview with Derek Jeter's celebrity website.
3/29/2015 J.J. Hardy, SS (Bal), SS
Hardy's left shoulder is feeling better.

Analysis: Hardy collided with Jonathan Schoop on Friday, and he's scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
3/29/2015 Josmil Pinto, C (Min), C
Pinto underwent his second concussion test on Sunday. Pinto was injured by Adam Jones' backswing on March 21.

Analysis: Pinto is competing with Eric Fryer and Chris Herrmann to be Kurt Suzuki's backup.
3/29/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Rodriguez played first base for the first time in his professional career Sunday, handling three chances in three innings during the New York Yankees' 7-0 win over the Houston Astros.

Analysis: The 39-year-old, who lost his third-base job to Chase Headley during a season-long drug suspension, caught Headley's throw following Jose Altuve's grounder leading off the bottom of the first. A-Rod has played 1,272 games at shortstop and 1,189 at third in his big league career.
3/29/2015 Taijuan Walker, P (Sea), P
Left-hander pitcher Roenis Elias has been optioned by the Seattle Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma, a decision that likely means right-hander Taijuan Walker will be the Mariners' fifth starter.

Analysis: Manager Lloyd McClendon would not confirm that Walker has earned the spot as the fifth starter, saying there are still six in camp. The other option is righty Erasmo Ramirez.
3/29/2015 Roenis Elias, P (Sea), P
Elias has been optioned by the Seattle Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma, a decision that likely means right-hander Taijuan Walker will be the Mariners' fifth starter.

Analysis: Elias had a strong rookie season last year, going 10-12 with a 3.89 ERA, but had options remaining giving Seattle the flexibility to have him start the season in the minors.
3/29/2015 Josh Tomlin, P (Cle), P
Cleveland optioned Josh Tomlin to Triple-A Columbus.

Analysis: Tomlin should not make your fantasy team.
3/29/2015 TJ House, P (Cle), P
House and Zach McAllister have won the two open jobs in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

Analysis: The left-handed House and McAllister will follow Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in a rotation the Indians hope can keep them in contention this season. House went 5-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 18 starts for the Indians last year.
3/29/2015 Zach McAllister, P (Cle), P
McAllister and T.J. House have won the two open jobs in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

Analysis: McAllister will follow Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in a rotation the Indians hope can keep them in contention this season.
3/29/2015 Mark Teixeira, 1B (NYY), 1B
Teixeira has left a minor league intrasquad game after being hit on a leg by a pitch.

Analysis: Teixeira was the designated hitter Sunday's game between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton when the ball struck his right kneecap. After he returned Steinbrenner Field from the minor league complex, Teixeira said he was "fine." He said no tests were planned.
3/29/2015 Jaime Garcia, P (StL), P
Garcia was scratched from Sunday's start by the St. Louis Cardinals because his surgically-repaired shoulder doesn't feel right, making it unlikely he will start the season on the active roster.

Analysis: Garcia, who had been among three pitchers competing for the fifth starter's job, told the Cardinals on Saturday that his shoulder hadn't recovered from Tuesday's simulated game. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday "it's going to put a halt to Jaime being part of that competition right now."
3/29/2015 Henderson Alvarez, P (Mia), P
Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6.

Analysis: Alvarez went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season. The right-hander, who turns 25 on April 18, was the favorite because Jose Fernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Alvarez pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season. Marlins manager Mike Redmond called the decision a "no brainer."
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