Alex Wimmers Headshot

Wimmers has a 3.00 ERA this spring but has seven strikeouts in six innings. He's being considered for a final spot in the bullpen, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Added 03/21/17 12:12 am (EST)
Wimmers moved to the bullpen last season and had a career revival with a 9.1 K/9 and 3.62 ERA at Triple-A. However, he had just a a 4.15 ERA and a 7.3 K/9 when called up to the majors in September. He also walked too many batters (4.4 BB/9 at Triple-A), which he'll need to reduce since he doesn't have a dominating fastball (91.6 mph average fastball in the majors last season). He's still likely to begin the season in Triple-A despite his strong spring.
Christian Walker Headshot

Walker was outrighted to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

Added 6:28 pm (EST)
Two days after claiming Walker, the Diamondbacks have passed him through waivers and outrighted him off the 40-man roster. He'll spend the year as organizational depth in 2017.
Joe Panik Headshot

Panik (shoulder) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against Oakland.

Added 6:24 pm (EST)
After sitting out a couple days to avoid aggravating his shoulder, Panik is set to return to action. Panik's numbers this spring have been reminiscent of what he's shown through his career, as he's hitting .273 with a .774 OPS through 17 games.
Jimmy Nelson Headshot

Nelson is scheduled to start the Brewers' fifth game of the season.

Added 6:23 pm (EST)
Nelson struggled following of scoreless outings to start spring, allowing eight runs in his next two appearances to shoot his ERA up to 5.68 in Cactus League play. Despite his struggles, however, the 27-year-old is scheduled to round out the Brewers' rotation with Matt Garza headed for the DL to begin the year. Nelson showed some potential at the start of last season, but second half struggles eventually saw his ERA balloon to 4.62. He'll look to bounce back in 2017 and earn his keep in the rotation.
Tony Zych Headshot

Zych fired a 1-2-3 inning against Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Added 6:19 pm (EST)
It was another one-inning rehab outing for Zych, who'll continue to round back into shape from biceps tendon transfer surgery in the minors once the regular season starts. He needed only 10 pitches to get through his one frame, his third such appearance this spring.
Michael Brantley Headshot

Brantley is on track to make Cleveland's Opening Day roster, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Added 6:15 pm (EST)
Manager Terry Francona made it clear that Brantley is in a good spot in terms of health, and his spring performance has done nothing but reinforce that claim. Over seven games he's 9-for-23 (.391) with two home runs and two doubles.
Jeanmar Gomez Headshot

Gomez will open the season as the Phillies' closer, CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports.

Added 6:03 pm (EST)
This comes as no surprise, since manager Pete Mackanin had maintained at various times throughout spring training that Gomez was his closer at the moment. The announcement was more of a formality, and officially confirmed the closing role is his to start the season. Gomez fought off Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris for the job, as the 29-year-old allowed one run in 9.2 innings this spring. The right-hander converted 37 of his 43 save chances last season for Philadelphia.
Jarrod Dyson Headshot

Dyson (lower body) went 0-for-2 in Wednesday's Cactus League tie with the Dodgers, his first game action since March 21.

Added 6:01 pm (EST)
Dyson rested his fatigued lower body for several days before working his way back into game action in a pair of minor-league contests on Monday. The veteran is readying himself for what is projected to be the busiest season of his career, as manager Scott Servais plans to give the career platoon player more starts against left-handed pitching than he's received at any other point over his seven major league campaigns.
Cody Anderson Headshot

Anderson (elbow) was placed on the 60-day DL on Thursday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Added 5:59 pm (EST)
Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday and will miss the entire 2017 season, so his move to the 60-day DL was inevitable. News regarding Anderson's eventual return should begin to be available once his lengthy rehab process gets underway.
Matt Garza Headshot

Garza will open the season on the 10-day DL due to a strained right groin.

Added 5:58 pm (EST)
This comes as a little bit of a surprise, as Garza was expected to pitch Milwaukee's exhibition game on Friday. The 33-year-old struggled to a 8.59 ERA and 2.18 WHIP through 14.2 innings this spring. He is also coming off his two worst seasons as a major leaguer, posting a combined 5.18 ERA over 250.1 innings pitched with the Brewers. Still, he is due $12.5 million in 2017, so it's likely we'll see him back in Milwaukee's rotation once he is healthy again.
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