Cardinals claim Tyson Ross

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Right-hander Tyson Ross has been claimed off waivers by the Cardinals, the teams announced Sunday. A corresponding move will be made on Monday when Ross is officially added to the roster. He’s expected to join the Cardinals as they kick off another road series in Miami.

Ross, 31, signed a minors pact with the Padres in the offseason and was guaranteed a $1.75 million base salary after cracking the major-league roster. He posted a 6-9 record in 22 starts with a 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.8 SO/9 through 123 1/3 innings, though his numbers began to balloon after a handful of rough starts during his last month with the team.

Even so, the righty is owed just over $500,000 for the remainder of the 2018 season, making the claim a no-brainer for the Cardinals. They currently sit 7.5 games back of the division lead in the NL Central, but will need to continue strengthening a weakened rotation if they intend to make a serious run at the postseason, especially with Michael Wacha not yet cleared to throw, Adam Wainwright still dealing with elbow inflammation and the oft-injured Carlos Martinez recently sidelined with a shoulder strain.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.