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Billy Burns Headshot

Burns was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

It was revealed earlier in the day that Jorge Soler (oblique) could be forced to open the season on the DL, but Terrance Gore rather than Burns would be first in line to win an Opening Day roster spot in the outfield if that materializes. After a down 2016 campaign that resulted in the Athletics trading him away to the Royals at midseason, Burns will have to reestablish value in the minors if he hopes to earn another look with the big club.
2:21 pm (EST)
Richie Shaffer Headshot

Shaffer was reassigned to the Indians' minor-league camp Sunday.

Shaffer was hoping to win a reserve role in the corner infield, but the contact issues he displayed during Cactus League play (22 strikeouts in 57 at-bats) undermined any chance he had at breaking camp with the team. Expect him to open 2017 with Triple-A Columbus.
2:17 pm (EST)
Christopher Colabello Headshot

The Indians informed Colabello on Sunday that he wouldn't make the Indians' Opening Day roster.

Colabello had an excellent spring training with a 15-of-39 showing from the dish and performed well for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but as a non-roster invitee, the 33-year-old always faced long odds to break camp with the big club. After missing much of the first half of last season while serving a suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Colabello slashed just .180/.248/.288 with Triple-A Buffalo in the Blue Jays organization. He'll likely have to find some success with Triple-A Columbus before earning a promotion to the Indians in 2017.
2:12 pm (EST)
Peter O'Brien Headshot

O'Brien was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

O'Brien is slashing .294/.362/.765 with a team-leading seven homers and 14 RBI over 51 at-bats this spring, but he was never considered too serious of a candidate to crack the Opening Day roster. Even with Jorge Soler expected to hit the DL to begin the season, O'Brien's lack of a defensive home -- along with his struggles to make contact (team-leading 19 strikeouts) -- ultimately kept him off the 25-man.
2:05 pm (EST)
Erik Kratz Headshot

The Indians informed Kratz on Sunday that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster.

The Tribe will go with Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez as their two backstops to begin the season, which will likely force Kratz to head to Triple-A Columbus to begin the campaign. The 36-year-old received 87 plate appearances with the Astros and Pirates last season, slashing just .094/.105/.153.
2:04 pm (EST)
Bryan Holaday Headshot

Holaday exercised his opt-out clause with the Phillies on Monday and is now a free agent, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

The veteran catcher had been in competition for a backup spot behind Cameron Rupp, but upon being informed that he wouldn't make the 25-man roster, he elected to become a free agent. The 29-year-old will look to catch on with another club after spending time with both the Rangers (30 games) and Red Sox (14 games) last season.
2:03 pm (EST)
Mathew Latos Headshot

Latos has been informed that he will not make the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Blue Jays play-by-play man Mike Wilner reports.

Latos has struggled throughout the spring, squandering what had looked to be a decent chance at making the roster as a long-relief option. He'll now have the choice to either begin the year at Triple-A or become a free agent, and at this point it's unclear which path the veteran will choose. Latos made 17 big league appearances for the White Sox and Nationals last season, compiling a cumulative 4.89 ERA and 1.49 WHIP across 70.0 innings.
1:58 pm (EST)
Thabo Sefolosha Headshot

Sefolosha (groin) has been ruled out of Tuesday's contest against the Suns, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Sefolosha will be missing his second consecutive game due to his strained right groin. The injury isn't through the be very serious but it could sideline him for a few days more. His status for Wednesday's game against the 76ers is up in the air currently. Look for Taurean Prince, who started in Sefolosha's place on Sunday, to see extra time once again.
1:57 pm (EST)
Scott Alexander Headshot

Alexander was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Alexander has pitched well this spring (1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across 9.1 innings), but with Mike Minor and Travis Wood representing the top-two left-handed options in the bullpen, the 27-year-old will have to start his season in Omaha and work for a call-up. He saw some time with the Royals last season, and he should see another opportunity in the big league sometime in 2017.
1:55 pm (EST)
Paul Millsap Headshot

Millsap (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Suns, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

While an MRI over the weekend came back clean, Millsap is still battling discomfort in his left knee and will miss a sixth consecutive game Tuesday. That means Ersan Ilyasova will be in line for another start at power forward, while rookie Taurean Prince will likely get the nod at small forward in place of Kent Bazemore (knee), who's also been ruled out. Atlanta heads into Tuesday's in desperate need of a win after dropping its previous seven games.
1:54 pm (EST)
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