Right-handed relievers Scott Elarton and Brian Sanches were both re-assigned to minor league camp this morning. Lefty Jake Diekman was optioned as well.
Both Elarton and Diekman had good shots at making the Opening Day roster.
Elarton was having an up-and-down spring, sprinkling two awful outings in with three good ones. He allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 14 1/3 innings pitched.
Diekman, who was pitching coach Rich Dubee’s favorite project of the spring, pitched very well. He allowed one unearned run on two hits in five innings, striking out nine batters. He was one of three pitchers to throw at least five innings without allowing an earned run this spring.