Tomko, Royals agree
Brett Tomko, a 14-year big league veteran who turns 41 on April 7, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Tomko has pitched only 172/3 innings in the majors since 2009, making eight relief appearances in 2011 with Texas. He was 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 starts last year with York in the independent Atlantic League.
Tomko is 100-103 with a 4.65 ERA over 14 major league seasons with 10 teams.
Beckett has sore thumb
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett left his start Friday against the Chicago Cubs after three innings Friday because of a sore thumb on his pitching hand.
Expected to be the Dodgers' No. 5 starter, Beckett allowed only an infield single to Emilio Bonifacio while walking two and striking out one.
Pirates option Polanco
Outfielder Gregory Polanco, considered the Pittsburgh Pirates' top prospect, was optioned to triple-A Indianapolis on Friday along with right-handed reliever Duke Welker.
Polanco hit .273 (6 for 22) with two doubles and one home run this spring.
Welker struggled throughout the exhibition season, giving up six runs and seven hits in 51/3 innings for a 10.13 ERA. He walked five and struck out four.
The Pirates have 51 players remaining in camp.
- Associated Press