"Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a hamstring injury after pulling up lame running out a ground ball to short.
Castro was trying to beat out an infield single to shortstop Dee Gordon in the fourth inning when he slowed down and began limping toward first."'
Middlebrooks exits with wrist soreness
"Third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Wednesday night's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles in the first inning with soreness in his right wrist and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Middlebrooks, facing Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman with two outs and runners on first and second, tried to check his swing and immediately stepped out of the batter's box clutching the wrist. He was met by members of the training staff as he walked back toward the dugout, flinging his helmet as he exited the game. He was replaced by Pedro Ciriaco, who got the Sox on the board with an RBI single in the third inning.
Middlebrooks fractured his right wrist last August but said earlier this spring that he is "absolutely 100 percent right now. ... I feel as it did before it got hit."
Tampa's Price just wants to play
"It was a season-passing-before-their-eyes moment for Rays Land: David Price getting nailed in the left wrist while trying to field a one-hop shot up the middle by the first batter in Price's first spring training outing. Oh, man.
The ball ricocheted off Price to shortstop and Ben Zobrist threw out the Houston Astros hitter - 1-6-3, welcome to the American League. 1 stayed in the game and finished a scoreless inning, then departed. Price said he didn't require any medical attention."
Longoria on target
"First game of the spring, a chance for 3B Evan Longoria to ease back into action? Hardly.
Longoria had two hits Tuesday and found himself running around the bases in the Rays' 7-2, rain-shortened six-inning win against the visiting Astros at Charlotte Sports Park.
"I felt good. I felt like it was normal," Longoria said. "I don't know how it looks, but I know it feels and looks like it feels 100 percent better than it did at the end of the season last year, and that's all that matters."
Damon makes plea to join Yankees
"As the Yankees scour the schoolyard to find a fill-in for Curtis Granderson, Johnny Damon is off to the side offering his version of “Pick me!”
Granderson is expected to be sidelined for 10 weeks, until early May, after suffering a fractured right forearm when he was hit by a pitch Sunday. The Yankees are expected to look in-house for a fill-in left fielder, but the 39-year-old Damon remains a free agent pleading his case — emphasis on pleading."
Mike Lowell tutors Middlebrooks
"Alumni week in Fort Myers continued yesterday with the arrival of former World Series MVP Mike Lowell.
Lowell was in town at the behest of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who thought Lowell could offer some insights into playing third base to young Red Sox counterpart Will Middlebrooks."
Brandon McCarthy returns to mound
"Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy served notice Wednesday that he does not plan to spend the rest of spring training obsessing over the past while encased in packing tape and bubble wrap.
Nearly six months after taking a line drive off the head in Oakland, McCarthy made his Cactus League debut for the Diamondbacks against Cincinnati. He struck out four batters in two innings and looked fully recovered from the incident that forced him to undergo emergency brain surgery and jeopardized his baseball career and his life in September."
Cano doesn't foresee power outage
"There has been a general agreement around the Yankees' offices that their lineup is going to hit fewer home runs and won't score as often this season. In Robinson Cano's mind, however, the expectations have not changed one bit.
Cano said on Wednesday that even as the Yankees prepare to begin the season without outfielder Curtis Granderson, who paced the club with 43 homers in 2012, the sweet-swinging second baseman is trying to keep a level approach and just do his part."