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Date Player
3/29/2015 Jaime Garcia, P (StL), P
Garcia was scratched from Sunday's start by the St. Louis Cardinals because his surgically-repaired shoulder doesn't feel right, making it unlikely he will start the season on the active roster.

Analysis: Garcia, who had been among three pitchers competing for the fifth starter's job, told the Cardinals on Saturday that his shoulder hadn't recovered from Tuesday's simulated game. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday "it's going to put a halt to Jaime being part of that competition right now."
3/29/2015 Henderson Alvarez, P (Mia), P
Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6.

Analysis: Alvarez went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season. The right-hander, who turns 25 on April 18, was the favorite because Jose Fernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Alvarez pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season. Marlins manager Mike Redmond called the decision a "no brainer."
3/29/2015 James Russell, P (Atl), P
Russell has been released by the Atlanta Braves.

Analysis: Acquired last season at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs, the 29-year-old reliever avoided arbitration during the offseason by agreeing to a one-year deal for $2,425,000 that was not guaranteed. Instead of his salary, he receives $596,311, which is 45 days termination pay. Russell had a 10.57 ERA in spring training, giving up 10 runs - nine earned - 10 hits and three homers in 7 2-3 innings.
3/28/2015 Felix Hernandez, P (Sea), P
Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday. Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.

Analysis: This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers. McClendon had previously said he was ''99.999 percent'' sure Hernandez would be the starter, and now has made it 100 percent certain.
3/28/2015 James Shields, P (SD), P
San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.

Analysis: San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields signed a $75 million, four-year deal with the Padres last month. The 33-year-old righty became a free agent after pitching for Kansas City in the World Series last October. This will be Shields' seventh season opening assignment. He pitched the last two for the Royals and did it four times with Tampa Bay.
3/28/2015 Sam Freeman, P (Tex), P
The pitching-depleted Texas Rangers acquired left-hander Sam Freeman from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Freeman was 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in a career-high 44 relief appearances last season with the Cardinals. He pitched once against the Dodgers in the playoffs. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he expects Freeman, who is out of minor league options, to make the opening day roster.
3/28/2015 Didi Gregorius, SS (NYY), SS
Gregorius sprained his left wrist going for a groundball in a spring training game and has been taken out for precautionary reasons.

Analysis: Gregorius hurt himself Saturday when he awkwardly landed going for the grounder in the second inning against Baltimore. He was checked out by trainers, stayed in the game for a while and left after the fourth. The Yankees said Gregorius would have precautionary X-rays.
3/28/2015 Stephen Strasburg, P (Was), P
Strasburg will start for the Washington Nationals in the third game of the season on April 9 in a likely showdown with New York Mets ace Matt Harvey. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Saturday.

Analysis: Barring any setbacks from a twisted ankle, Strasburg will face Harvey, who was bypassed as his team's opening day starter in favor of Bartolo Colon.
3/28/2015 Brandon League, P (LAD), P
League is expected to miss at least two months due to a shoulder injury.

Analysis: An MRI revealed the damage Friday, but the club has not revealed the specifics of the injury.
3/28/2015 Carlos Gonzalez, LF (Col), LF
Gonzalez acknowledges he was "scared" when he felt pain again in his surgically repaired left knee. The Colorado outfielder declared himself healthy on Sunday and was a little disappointed he wasn't in the starting lineup against Arizona. The Rockies decided to give him a second day off as a precaution; Gonzalez expects to play Monday.

Analysis: The two-time All-Star left Friday's game against San Diego with what he called "fatigue" in the knee. He had season-ending surgery last August to repair the patella tendon. A series of injuries has limited Gonzalez to 180 of a possible 324 games the past two seasons. Gonzalez says a doctor told him there would be occasional pain during his recovery.
3/27/2015 Nate Jones, P (CWS), P
The White Sox put Jones on the 60-day disabled list on Friday.

Analysis: He was limited to two games last year because of hip and elbow injuries.
3/27/2015 Kyle Drabek, P (CWS), P
The Chicago White Sox claimed Drabek off waivers from Toronto, making the move Friday.

Analysis: Drabek spent most of 2014 at Triple-A Buffalo. He made two appearances with Toronto, working three scoreless innings. Over parts of five seasons with the Blue Jays, the 27-year-old righty went 8-15 with a 5.27 ERA.
3/27/2015 Chad Billingsley, P (Phi), P
Billingsley continues to recover from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Analysis: Billingsley spent all of last season on the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers before signing for the Phils.
3/27/2015 Domonic Brown, LF (Phi), LF
Brown could miss opening day with a left Achilles tendinitis.

Analysis: Brown only had 10 homers last year so he won't help your fantasy team much.
3/27/2015 Masahiro Tanaka, P (NYY), P
Tanaka will start New York's opener April 6 against Toronto. Manager Joe Girardi made the expected announcement on Friday.

Analysis: Tanaka was an All-Star last year during his first season in the majors, but the Japanese right-hander missed 2 1/2 months while rehabilitating a partially torn ligament in his elbow. He returned for two starts in late September.
3/27/2015 Danny Salazar, P (Cle), P
Cleveland has optioned Salazar to Triple-A Columbus. Salazar had been in the running to win one of the two open spots in Cleveland's starting rotation, but the right-hander has struggled this spring and the Indians sent him back to the minors.

Analysis: Salazar got roughed up Thursday against Cincinnati, allowing six earned runs - two homers - and six hits in 3 1-3 innings. His fastball was high in the strike zone down the middle. In four spring outings, Salazar is 1-2 with an 8.18 ERA. He has allowed 14 hits and 10 runs in 11 innings. Salazar bounced between Columbus and Cleveland last season. He went 6-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 20 starts. In 2013, he started the Indians' wild-card game against Tampa Bay.
3/27/2015 Eury Perez, CF (Atl), CF
The Braves optioned Perez to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Analysis: After being acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees, the speedy Perez was thought to have a shot at contending for playing time in center field. But even after an injury kept Melvin Upton Jr. out for all of spring training, the 24-year-old Perez didn't do enough to earn a spot on the team.
3/27/2015 David Ortiz, DH (Bos), DH
Ortiz says he ''never knowingly took any steroids'' and he's definitely a Hall of Famer. The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter come in a column Thursday for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform.

Analysis: Ortiz also voiced his displeasure that he will ''always be considered a cheater'' to his detractors. Ortiz contends nobody in baseball has been tested more for performance-enhancing drugs than he has - more than 80 times since 2004. Ortiz writes: ''I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will.''
3/27/2015 Ross Detwiler, P (Tex), P
Detwiler has earned a spot in the Texas rotation.

Analysis: Detwiler was acquired in an offseason trade with Washington after being a reliever last season.
3/27/2015 Yovani Gallardo, P (Tex), P
Gallardo has been tabbed to start the Texas Rangers' season opener. New manager Jeff Banister on Thursday officially named Gallardo the starter for the April 6 opener at Oakland.

Analysis: The move had been expected with Yu Darvish out for the season after ligament-replacement elbow surgery, and left-hander Derek Holland likely starting the April 10 home opener. Gallardo has started the last five season openers for the Milwaukee Brewers, who traded the right-hander to Texas in January.
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