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  • Jose Lopez RP | SD

    Rays' Jose Lopez: Returned to Tampa Bay

    Lopez was returned to the Rays on Sunday.

    Lopez was selected by the Padres with the 17th overall pick in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft, but he was unable to remain on the team's 40-man roster ahead of the regular season. He'll report to Triple-A Durham to begin the year.

  • Matt Krook SP | NYY

    Yankees' Matt Krook: Optioned to Triple-A

    Krook was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

    Krook's contract was selected by the Yankees in November, but he was unable to secure a spot in the major-league bullpen to begin the regular season. Over six Grapefruit League appearances this spring, he posted a 3.75 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 12 innings. The southpaw hasn't yet made his big-league debut, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him do so at some point in 2023.

  • Oswald Peraza SS | NYY

    Yankees' Oswald Peraza: Sent down Sunday

    Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

    Peraza opened camp as the favorite to serve as the Yankees' starting shortstop, but the team made it clear that would be an open competition during spring training. Anthony Volpe and Oswaldo Cabrera were informed Sunday that they made the team's Opening Day roster, which put Peraza on the roster bubble. The 22-year-old hit .190 with a homer, nine runs and two stolen bases across 15 Grapefruit League games this year but will get consistent at-bats in the minors and should be one of the first names on the list of potential call-ups if the Yankees need assistance in the infield at some point during the regular season.

  • Oscar Colas CF | CHW

    White Sox's Oscar Colas: Expected to make Opening Day roster

    The White Sox have informed Colas that he'll make the Opening Day roster, Francys Romero of reports.

    Colas made his affiliated debut last season and played just seven games at the Triple-A level, but he performed well in big-league spring training this year, slashing .270/.281/.444 with three homers, eight runs, six RBI and a stolen base over 26 Cactus League games. The 24-year-old will presumably begin the year as Chicago's starting right fielder, but it's also possible Gavin Sheets pushes for some playing time early on if Colas experiences some growing pains in his first taste of major-league action.

  • Oswald Peraza SS | NYY

    Yankees' Oswald Peraza: On roster bubble

    The Yankees indicated Sunday that a decision has yet to be made on whether Peraza will be on the Opening Day roster, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.

    Anthony Volpe and Oswaldo Cabrera were both informed they made the Opening Day roster Sunday, but Peraza's status remains in limbo. Peraza played in 18 games during his first taste of the big leagues last year and had an .833 OPS in 57 plate appearances, but he batted just .205 over 14 games during spring training. The 22-year-old would likely fill a bench role if on the MLB roster, so the Yankees could prioritize getting him consistent playing time in the minors.

  • Yoan Moncada 3B | CHW

    White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Exits with lower back stiffness

    Moncada exited Sunday's Cactus League game against the Rockies due to lower back stiffness.

    Moncada struck out in his lone at-bat prior to being removed from Sunday's spring matchup, and he's considered day-to-day following his departure. It's unclear whether he'll be available for Chicago's final two Cactus League matchup or whether the issue will impact his availability for the team's Opening Day matchup against the Astros on Thursday.

  • Yankees' Oswaldo Cabrera: Secures roster spot

    Cabrera was informed by the Yankees on Sunday that he's made the Opening Day roster, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.

    The 24-year-old had a .741 OPS in his first taste of the big leagues last season, and it's not a surprise he earned a roster spot after he posted a .333/.382/.608 slash line during spring training. Cabrera is poised to fill a super-utility role, though he could see more run in the outfield early on since Harrison Bader (oblique) is set to begin the season on the injured list.

  • Guardians' Triston McKenzie: Pulled with arm tightness

    McKenzie was removed from Sunday's Cactus League start against the Reds as a precautionary measure due to right arm tightness, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    The 25-year-old delivered a scoreless first inning during his final start of spring training Sunday but never returned to the mound. Any arm injury is a concerning development -- especially this late in spring training -- which leaves McKenzie's availability for the start of the regular season up in the air.

  • Tyler Wells SP | BAL

    Orioles' Tyler Wells: Makes case for rotation spot

    Wells allowed an unearned run on two hits and struck out two over five innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game versus the Pirates.

    Wells has had shaky ratios with a 5.74 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 15.2 innings this spring, but he's also posted a 16:2 K:BB. The Orioles' rotation still has two spots up for grabs, with Wells, Grayson Rodriguez and Kyle Bradish all in contention. Of those three pitchers, Wells' numbers look the best on the surface, though he'd also be the easiest to move to a bullpen role if the Orioles want to open the year with all of them in the majors. For now, Wells is stretched out as a starter, but his placement to start the season will likely come down to a decision just before Opening Day.

  • Rays' Wander Franco: 'Favorable' outlook after MRI

    Manager Kevin Cash said Franco's MRI results on his sore right quadriceps were "favorable," and the shortstop could be ready to play in the season opener against Detroit on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The 22-year-old won't play in Tampa Bay's final exhibition game Monday and will prioritize rest and treatment over the next few days. Even if Franco isn't cleared for Opening Day on Thursday, at this point it doesn't appear he'll require a trip to the injured list to begin the campaign.

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