Mike Minor will get extra rest and will make his next start at home in the series opener against the Indians Tuesday.
Minor has been outstanding this season, having taken another step forward after a solid season last year. Minor is 12-5 with 3.06 ERA/3.14 FIP, has lowered his HR/FB% by about four percent from last year down to 7.9% and increased his K:BB rate from 2.59 last year to an impressive 4.03 this season.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Paul Maholm will step in for a start to allow Minor to rest for a few extra days. Minor has seen his ERA rise from 2.76 to 3.06 as he's allowed eight runs over his last two starts - covering 8.2 innings, so it's a nice time to get him a breather even though he's still about 20 innings short of the 179.1 he tossed last season. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Cubs sent Addison Russell to minor-league camp.
The third of the Cubs prized prospects will start the season in the minors but is expected to make an impact this season. People have ignored his terrific spring because of all the attention paid to his teammate Kris Bryant. Russell is batted nearly .400 with three doubles in Catcus League action. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Cubs sent Kris Bryant to minor-league camp.
The entire Fantasy Baseball world shed a tear on Monday as this news broke. Players were all holding out hope that the Cubs would let him start the season with the big club especially after crushing nine home runs in Spring Training. Now, we all have to listen to speculation over and over and over again about when he will get the call. If you drafted him in the 2nd round, good luck getting a full return on that investment. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Cubs optioned Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.
This news does not come as a shock to anyone. Baez had a less than stellar spring, where he struck out in exactly a quarter of his 20 at-bats. Cubs were hoping to see more this spring after he mostly failed to do so over 229 plate appearances last season. He posted a marginal .551 OPS. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Reds released LHP Paul Maholm.
Maholm was pulled from contention for a spot in the Reds' rotation in mid-March and he was not going to end up in the bullpen. The southpaw should be able to find work pretty quickly but you should not count on him being on an Opening Day roster. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Panthers signed RB Jordan Todman to a 1-year deal.
You would think a team with Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart at the top of their running back depth chart would want to hold onto any running back. Jordan Todman was felt to be expendable by Jacksonville. Todman will battle for a spot in the Panthers backfield behind Jonathan Stewart. He will also have a chance to be the primary kick returner. Analysis: Drew Phelps