Rangers land Tigers' lefty Rapada for bullpen

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets that the Rangers have picked up left-handed reliever Clay Rapada from the Tigers for cash or a player to be named.
Rapada was barely clinging to a spot on Detroit’s 40-man roster, so the Tigers didn’t require much in return here. Rapada, a 28-year-old specialist, had allowed 13 runs in 24 2/3 innings over the last seasons. The Tigers had little use for him, preferring both Bobby Seay and Fu-Te Ni as short relievers.
The Rangers, on the other hand, are short of lefties with Eddie Guardado departing. They’re also considering trying C.J. Wilson as a starter, so they’ll be on the hunt for one or two more southpaws to compete for bullpen spots next spring.

Dellin Betances to open season on injured list

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.

Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.

Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.