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Michael Tonkin Headshot

Tonkin has made the final roster as a reliever, Phil Miller of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

The right-hander had plenty of opportunities to prove his worth this spring, compiling a 4.38 ERA over 12.1 innings in Grapefruit League play. Tonkin will look to improve upon a mediocre 2016 campaign in which he finished with a 5.02 ERA over 65 appearances along with an 80:24 K:BB ratio. Look for him to serve regularly as a middle-reliever.
10:27 am (EST)
Wayne Simmonds Headshot

Simmonds missed the scoresheet for the third consecutive game Tuesday against Ottawa, and he has just two goals and three assists through 14 March games.

After posting 16 goals and 29 points through the first 32 games of the campaign, it looked like Simmonds was on his way to a career year. He hit an offensive wall in mid-December, though, and he has just 13 goals and seven helpers over his latest 44 games. His year-end numbers are going to be similar to what we've come to expect from the veteran, and Simmonds is still a rock-solid fantasy asset because of his ability to move the needle in plenty of categories. However, it's a shame the veteran couldn't capitalize on his impressive start to the season.
10:25 am (EST)
Curt Casali Headshot

Casali was optioned to minor league camp Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

With both Casali and Luke Maile optioned and Mike McKenry reassigned Wednesday, non-roster invitee Jesus Sucre is now locked in as the backup to Derek Norris to begin the season. Casali went 6-for-31 (.186 average) during spring training after batting .186/.273/.336 over 256 plate appearances last season.
10:24 am (EST)
Edgar Olmos Headshot

Olmos was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Olmos was under consideration for one of the final available spots in the Red Sox's bullpen after recording a 1.54 ERA over 11.2 spring innings, but his status as a non-roster invitee was always going to make it difficult for him to crack the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old is expected to open the season at the Triple-A level, where he posted a 2.88 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 68.2 innings with Norfolk as a member of the Orioles organization in 2016.
10:24 am (EST)
Mitch Moreland Headshot

Moreland was removed from the Red Sox's Grapefruit League lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins while he tends to a case of the flu, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. He's set to fly back to Boston is expected to remain away from the team for at least a few days.

The flu bug has run rampant in the Red Sox clubhouse of late, so the team will quarantine Moreland as they attempt to enter the regular season at optimal health. The Red Sox will wrap up their spring schedule with two exhibitions in Washington against the Nationals on Friday and Saturday, but Moreland won't be joining the team for either contest. The team is simply hoping that with five full days off for rest, Moreland will be ready to go for the Opening Day game Monday against the Pirates. With Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) limited to DH duties and Josh Rutledge (hamstring) set to open the season on the DL, the Red Sox may have to recall Steve Selsky from Triple-A Pawtucket to provide the team with another option at first base if Moreland is unable to take the field for Opening Day.
10:19 am (EST)
Roman Lyubimov Headshot

Lyubimov was a healthy scratch for the eighth straight games Tuesday against Ottawa.

The 24-year-old rookie has played 46 games this season but averaged just 9:33 of ice time and notched only five points. He could draw back into the lineup again before the end of the season, but his fantasy value is clearly extremely limited.
10:19 am (EST)
Shawn Tolleson Headshot

Manager Kevin Cash says Tolleson will mostly likely open the season on the disabled list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tolleson has been plagued by back spasms throughout spring training and struggled upon his return to the mound, allowing four earned runs over just five innings pitched. It's unclear how long the right-hander will remain on the inactive list, but it creates a position to fill in the Rays' bullpen nonetheless. Austin Pruitt or Jaime Schultz - both of whom have impressed throughout camp - could be top candidates for the potential vacancy.
10:13 am (EST)
Josh Rutledge Headshot

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that Rutledge (hamstring) will "require some time" off to recover and would likely open the season the 10-day DL, Tim Britton of the Providence Journalreports.

Rutledge strained his left hamstring in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game, and while the extent of his setback isn't known, Farrell's comments suggests it's more than a day-to-day situation. The 27-year-old was expected to fill a utility role in the infield for the Red Sox, with perhaps his greatest importance early in the season coming as a platoon partner at first base with Mitch Moreland, as Hanley Ramirez has been unable to play the position this spring due to a sore shoulder. Farrell suggested that Steve Selsky and Marco Hernandez would be the top candidates to take Rutledge's spot on the roster, with Selsky perhaps having the edge to his previous experience playing first base.
10:06 am (EST)
Alex Wimmers Headshot

Wimmers was assigned to Minnesota's minor league camp.

Wimmers had a strong showing in spring training by allowing just two runs in nine innings with eight strikeouts and four walks. He needs to reduce his walk rate (4.4 BB/9 last season at Triple-A), but he could be an option for the major league bullpen early in the season.
9:47 am (EST)
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