BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 09: Mason Tobin #55 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 9, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Welcome to the weekend edition of "Minor Moves".
Things have been pretty quiet on the minor league sign/release front the past few days, but at least two players received some crummy Easter news that probably could have waited a day.
Rangers Release Member of Last Year's Opening-Day Staff | The Dallas Morning News
The Texas Rangers have released injury-plagued right-hander Mason Tobin, a member of the opening-day bullpen last season.
Dodgers Release Right-Hander Monasterios | MLB.com
The Dodgers have released right-hander Carlos Monasterios, who pitched in 32 games for them in 2010 but has since required two elbow operations.
Hawpe returns to Rangers, assigned to Frisco | texasrangers.com: News
The Rangers have re-signed outfielder Brad Hawpe to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Double-A Frisco.
The Cubs now have a dozen pitchers, selecting the contract of reliever Rodrigo Lopez on Saturday. Infielder Luis Valbuena cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster.