MLB notebook: Brewers give manager Roenicke extension

Manager Ron Roenicke #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers disputes a call with an umpire during the game...

Manager Ron Roenicke #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers disputes a call with an umpire during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 24, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Milwaukee Brewers exercised their 2015 club option for manager Ron Roenicke.

The Brewers also added an option for 2016 to the deal.

"In picking up the option for 2015, it shows our confidence in having Ron lead this team on the field," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. "Last season was a difficult one, and Ron provided critical leadership with confidence and assurance that the Brewers can get back to the postseason."

The Brewers finished fourth in the National League Central at 74-88 in 2013.

Roenicke, 57, is 253-233 (.521) in three seasons as manager of the Brewers. They won a franchise record 96 games in Roenicke's first year in 2011 as he placed second in the Manager of the Year balloting.

SORIA TO CLOSE FOR RANGERS

The Texas Rangers named right-hander Joakim Soria closer and Alexi Ogando as eighth-inning setup man.

Soria, 29, saved 160 games for the Kansas City Royals from 2007-11, with a 2.40 ERA. He missed 2012 after having a second Tommy John surgery.

Soria went 1-0 with a 3.80 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and had 28 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings with no saves last year with Texas.

Ogando, 30, went 7-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 104 2/3 innings last year, making 18 starts and five relief appearances.

Former closer Neftali Feliz is trying to earn a roster spot. The former closer had 74 saves for the Rangers from 2009-11 before giving way to Joe Nathan. Feliz missed most of 2012-13 with Tommy John surgery but returned late last year and threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He has a career 2.61 ERA.

Nathan left via free agency in the offseason.

Also, the Rangers added right-hander Tanner Scheppers to their rotation after he mainly served in a setup role for the Rangers last year.

ASTROS RELEASE MARTINEZ

The Houston Astros released outfielder J.D. Martinez Saturday to help clear roster space for their Class AAA Oklahoma City club.

In explaining the move, general manager Jeff Luhnow told CBS Sports that Martinez was a "victim of our own success." The comment came across as strange since the Astros have lost at least 106 games in each of the last three seasons. However, Luhnow was referring to the team's strong farm system and abundance of young outfielders.

Martinez, 26, has a batting line of .251/.300/.387 with 24 home runs and 126 RBIs in 889 at-bats over three seasons with Houston. He batted .250 with seven homers and 36 RBIs in 296 at-bats last year.

KEMP, BECKETT GO ON DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's season-opening 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.

Right-hander Chad Billingsley, who is recovering from right elbow surgery, was also placed on the DL. Beckett has a bruised thumb and Kemp is recovering from ankle surgery.

The moves are retroactive to March 19, so they are eligible to return April 3. The Dodgers wrap up the two-game series with the Diamondbacks on Sunday and then play a three-game series at the San Diego Padres March 30-April 2.

Left-fielder Carl Crawford was also inactive because he is on paternity leave.

TEHERAN STARTING OPENER

Right-hander Julio Teheran will start Opening Day for the Atlanta Braves on March 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to MLB.com.

The Braves planned for righty Kris Medlen to start the opener, but he is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery earlier this week.

After Teheran, Alex Wood, Freddy Garcia and David Hale are expected to fill out the initial four-man rotation until recently-acquired Ervin Santana is ready to debut, perhaps on April 9. Mike Minor may come off the disabled list in mid-April.

Teheran, 23, went 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA and had 170 strikeouts and 45 walks in 185 2/3 innings last season. He signed a six-year, $34.2 million extension in February.

INDIANS RELEASE FRANCOEUR

The Cleveland Indians released veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Saturday.

Cleveland signed Francoeur to a minor league free-agent contract in January with a major league training camp invite.

Francoeur, 30, batted .286 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 35 bat-bats this spring.

The Indians decided to keep more versatile infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson over Francoeur.

Last year, Francoeur batted .208 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 59 games with the Kansas City Royals. After his release in July, he batted .194 with no homers and four RBIs in 22 games with the San Francisco Giants.

LATOS OUT FOR REDS

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos is expected to start the season on the disabled list and second baseman/outfielder Skip Schumaker is out for a month with a dislocated left shoulder.

Latos, who is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, will not be ready for the start of the season, manager Brian Price said.

"We had a time frame for Mat. If he reached a certain level by a certain date, he could start on that game April 5. That opportunity has come and gone," Price said.

The Reds' pitching staff have several other injuries. Backup closer Jonathan Broxton is not expected to be available for the season opener and left-handed reliever Sean Marshall has a sore shoulder.

Schumaker left Saturday's spring game against the Kansas City Royals after diving after a line drive hit by Angel Franco in the left center-field gap in the seventh inning. Schumacher landed hard on the shoulder.

Schumaker said he does not need surgery and the shoulder was popped back in. He was batting .441 this spring.


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