Mat Latos “looked sharp” in 70-pitch simulated game Monday

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Mat Latos is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the right-hander “looked sharp” during a 70-pitch bullpen session yesterday and will be reevaluated by the Padres today.

Latos is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but manager Bud Black was noncommittal when asked if he’d be ready to rejoin the rotation by then, saying only that “all the reports are good.”

After struggling all spring with a 9.00 ERA in addition to getting knocked around in a minor-league game that doesn’t count toward those numbers Latos was shut down in late March and missed his Opening Day start.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.