- Dustin Ackley showed this spring that he's ready to hit in the majors, but the Mariners want him to continue to work on his defense at second base, and thus have optioned him to Triple-A, reports Robert Emrich of MiLB.com. There's little doubt the desire to delay his major league service time played a factor into the decision as well.
- After struggling with the bat and most recently, missing time with a brief illness, Matt Dominguez was sent to minor league camp by the Florida Marlins on Thursday, ending his quest to claim the team's starting third base job, says Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
- Brett Lawrie was sent to minor league camp by the Blue Jays, but not before leaving a positive impression with with his bat and his defensive play at third base, says Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Ackley was optioned to Triple-A because he is on the Mariners 40-man roster, but Dominguez and Lawrie have yet to be officially assigned. Both are expected to begin the season in Triple-A as well.