Reds send Aroldis Chapman to Arizona Fall League

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Two weeks ago the Reds revealed plans to have Aroldis Chapman stretch out his arm by working as a starter in winter ball, but before that they’ll send him to the Arizona Fall League.

Rarely do players with more than one full season in the majors participate in the AFL, but Chapman is attempting to transition to a new role and is still just 23 years old.

He’s expected to appear in three games before the end of the month and throw 2-3 innings in each outing, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. And if all goes well Chapman will be ready to take on a more typical starter workload by the time he gets to Puerto Rico.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.