One National League starting pitcher got news for opening day on Thursday while another may not be ready until May.
Left-hander Cole Hamels was named as the Philadelphia Phillies' opening day starter next month, the team announced.
The outing April 1 against the Atlanta Braves will be the first opening day start for Hamels, who was beat out for the assignment for the last three seasons by teammate Roy Halladay and before that for three seasons by Brett Myers.
The move also ends a string of 10 opening day starts for Halladay, the longest among active pitchers.
Meanwhile, starter Matt Garza, who has been suffering from a strained left lat, reportedly won't join the Chicago Cubs until early May.
Yet MLB.com reported that Garza is hopeful he will be ready by mid-April.
The Cubs starting rotation is set with Jeff Samardzija as opening day starter followed by Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva .
--Third baseman Anthony Rendon was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg by the Washington Nationals. He batted .375 with four home runs and four doubles this spring, with 11 RBIs in 13 Grapefruit League games. He had been earmarked for Double-A since spring training began.
--Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will likely join Team Netherlands for the Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic, according to a FOX Sports report.He will be joined by Texas Rangers shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar for the four-team, single-elimination round.