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Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on Jason Grilli.

Added 11/04/16 7:50 pm (EST)   Source
Grilli will turn 40 years of age next week, but he has proven himself to still be an effective, late-inning reliever. After being dealt from Atlanta to Toronto in the middle of this past regular season, Grilli posted a 3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 58-to-19 K/BB ratio across 42.0 innings.
Hector Neris Headshot

Neris tossed a scoreless inning of relief Sunday and picked up his first save of the spring in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Pirates.

Added 5:49 am (EST)
Neris will open the regular season in a setup role behind closer Jeanmar Gomez. We expect Gomez will have a shorter leash this year after he struggled late last season and lost his closing gig. Neris will likely be next in line for save chances if Gomez falters again.
Clay Buchholz Headshot

Buchholz gave up three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four over 3.1 innings against the Pirates on Sunday. "Let's put it this way," manager Pete Mackanin said to PhillyVoice.com, "you can't honestly say he had a good spring but he was up close to 90 pitches today. Pitch-count wise he's doing fine. He hadn't pitched in nine days so I can understand his lack of command. Once he's into a rhythm, I think he'll be fine."

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Making his first start since March 15 -- he and his wife welcomed a child into the world last week -- Buchholz struggled to locate with any consistency. He believes the control of his offspeed pitches will come, and Mackanin doesn't seem to be putting much stock into Buchholz's spring performance (5.94 ERA, 1.68 WHIP). Buchholz lines up to make one more Grapefruit League start before taking the hill in the Phillies' third regular season game, April 6 in Cincinnati.
Corey Seager Headshot

Seager (back) isn't satisfied with the quality of his swing, and he could stay back in Arizona when the team heads to Los Angeles for their final exhibition games later this week, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

Added 1:05 am (EST)
There are no reports of a setback with the shortstop's back, it just sounds like he isn't satisfied with his swing after missing the majority of spring training action. Seager has played in three minor league games this past week, and reportedly felt fine physically. If the Dodgers decide to hold their young star out of Freeway Series, it would simply be to get him more consistent at-bats in minor league camp, rather than a sign that they are planning on placing him on the disabled list to start the season.
Gregor Blanco Headshot

Blanco is day-to-day with a strained oblique muscle, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral reports.

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Per the report, Blanco's chances of making the Opening Day roster could be impacted by the ailment, which is undoubtedly a cause for concern when it comes to the former Giant and his potential career with the Diamondbacks. He hasn't exactly dazzled in 40 at-bats this spring (.225, two RBI, nine runs, four walks and nine K's), so it wouldn't be surprising if the oblique injury -- especially if it keeps him out more than a day or two -- causes him to plummet down Arizona's depth chart.
Eduardo Nunez Headshot

Nunez (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the team's designated hitter.

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The Giants' starting third baseman has been battling shoulder issues this spring, but a pain-free return to action is a positive sign moving forward. Nunez is expected to return to his usual spot in the defensive lineup Thursday against the Athletics, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News.
Gregory Polanco Headshot

Polanco (shoulder) was not in the lineup Sunday and GM Neal Huntington said it's too early to make a definitive statement about his Opening Day status, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "We'll see where we are. It's early in the process in terms of how they're feeling and how they bounce back," Huntington said in reference to Polanco and Chris Stewart (groin). "Let's see where we are as we get closer to the middle part of the week as we have to start making some decisions."

Added 12:19 am (EST)
Polanco called his scratch from Saturday's lineup precautionary and continues to downplay the severity of the shoulder injury. However, the 25-year-old has battled shoulder issues in the past but and it sounds like the team wants to be absolutely sure of his health before penciling Polanco into the Opening Day lineup. He has logged 36 at-bats this spring between the WBC and Grapefruit League play.
Ty Blach Headshot

Blach started Sunday's tilt against the White Sox, going six innings while giving up two runs and striking out one.

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It was just the lefty's second start of the spring, but his strong results and high pitch count (85) hint that the battle for the Giants' fifth starter spot may not be over. Matt Cain would be the logical choice for the organization when you factor in his contract and career of work, but his struggles on the mound this spring (8.10 ERA) and Blach's late push will make the decision a tough one. Even if he were to win the job, the 26-year-old offers more real world value to the Giants than he would to potential fantasy suitors due to his low strikeout rate and pitch-to-contact style.
Jarred Cosart Headshot

Cosart was roughed up Sunday, giving up two runs on three hits while failing to make it out of the first inning of a loss to the Rockies.

Added Yesterday 11:33 pm (EST)
The ugly outing came at a poor time for the veteran, who is currently battling for one of the Padres' final two rotation spots. Both Trevor Cahill (3.26 ERA) and Luis Perdomo (2.87 ERA) are currently outperforming the right-hander (6.14 ERA), but the latter still has minor league options, which could land him in Triple-A El Paso to begin the season. If that scenario plays out, then Cosart would gain some deep league value as a starting pitcher with a favorable home park.
Brett Cecil Headshot

Cecil, who owns a 10.50 ERA and 2.33 WHIP over six spring innings, fired two scoreless innings across two appearances against the Marlins on Saturday and Sunday.

Added Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Cecil had struggled mightily in his third appearance on March 5 against the Mets, an outing in which he gave up six earned runs on four hits and two walks without recording a single out. However, he's largely settled down since that game, allowing just one earned run over his subsequent five appearances. That includes a pair of one-inning stints against the Marlins over the weekend, with Siegrist pitching a clean ninth on Saturday in a loss and then earning his first hold of spring in Sunday's victory with a perfect seventh. He also recorded a strikeout in each appearance, and now has an 8:4 K:BB over his eight trips to the mound.
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Covey will start the White Sox's final Cactus League game Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Added Yesterday 11:24 pm (EST)
Covey will get a chance to make a final impression on manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper after what was his best outing of the spring Saturday. If he fares well Wednesday, Covey could be the fill-in starter for Carlos Rodon.
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