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Christopher Gimenez Headshot

Gimenez has won Minnesota's backup catcher job and may also serve as the backup at first base with Kennys Vargas dealing with a toe injury and Byungho Park sent to the minors, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

John Ryan Murphy was sent to the minors after Gimenez outperformed him this spring. Gimenez may not get much time at first base as Vargas may not be out long.
10:28 am (EST)
Bryan Mitchell Headshot

Mitchell will start the 2017 season as a relief pitcher, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Mitchell slipped during his latest spring start, which might've contributed to him losing out on a rotation spot. The right-hander posted a 3.24 ERA in 26 appearances (nine starts) with the big-league club last year, but he only struck out 12 batters and walked 11 in that time, so that sparkling number doesn't look too realistic. Even with this initial assignment, Mitchell should find himself in position to start at least a few games during the year.
10:21 am (EST)
Aaron Judge Headshot

Judge was named the Yankees' starting right fielder for Opening Day on Thursday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.

Aaron Hicks was threatening a bit, but the Bronx Bombers instead want to see what the free-swinging slugger can offer in an everyday role out of the gate. With Judge's potentially titanic power comes a lot of holes in his swing, but he's made efforts to tighten them up with shorter mechanics in camp. He still carries upside as a potential masher of 30-plus home runs per season, but even at his peak, they may come with plenty of warts.
10:16 am (EST)
Robbie Grossman Headshot

Grossman is likely to begin the season as Minnesota's starting DH with Kennys Vargas dealing with a foot injury and Byungho Park sent to the minors, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It's not clear if Vargas will be placed on the DL to begin the season or he could be optioned to the minors. If he can get healthy quickly, he could return as the DH since Park was sent to the minors despite hitting six home runs this spring.
10:16 am (EST)
Josh Collmenter Headshot

Collmenter got the start in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets and allowed one run on four hits while striking out five over five innings.

He's set for a long relief role with the Braves this season, but Collmenter has still put together a strong spring, posting a 2.81 ERA and 10:1 K:BB in 16 innings. The team has younger arms like Matt Wisler and Aaron Blair available at Triple-A Gwinnett should a long-term vacancy open up in its rotation, but Collmenter could see the occasional spot start as Atlanta looks to keep veterans like R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon fresh during the season.
10:15 am (EST)
Drew Pomeranz Headshot

The Red Sox have placed Pomeranz on the 10-day DL with a left forearm flexor strain, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports.

Earlier this spring, Pomeranz was experiencing triceps tightness, so it's interesting that he's sidelined with an issue in a different part of his arm. With the league-wide change to a 10-day DL, Pomeranz is still an option to start April 9 against Detroit, the first time Boston needs a fifth starter. If Pomeranz isn't ready to take the ball by that time, Kyle Kendrick is the most likely candidate to slot into the rotation in his place.
10:15 am (EST)
Joely Rodriguez Headshot

Rodriguez has earned a bullpen spot on the Opening Day roster, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.

Rodriguez had been in competition for one of the final roster spots, and will ultimately make the team as a lefty specialist in middle relief.
10:14 am (EST)
J.R. Murphy Headshot

Murphy was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Murphy didn't see a ton of spring action, but posted a .185 average over 27 at-bats. Jason Castro and Chris Gimenez are set to serve as the catchers on the Opening Day roster.
10:08 am (EST)
Ryan O'Rourke Headshot

O'Rourke (elbow) was placed on the 10-day DL.

O'Rourke is dealing with a strained flexor pronator mass. He's eligible to return April 9, but will likely need to spend some time on a minor league rehab assignment before he returns.
10:06 am (EST)
Ehire Adrianza Headshot

Adrianza (oblique) was placed on the 10-day DL.

Adrianza will be eligible to return on April 9. Adrianza has yet to resume baseball activities after straining his right oblique Saturday, so he could be out longer. He was set to win a utility role after a strong spring training with the glove and at the plate.
10:04 am (EST)
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