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Mark Teixeira out of WBC with wrist injury and other top stories


Another day, another injury for the New York Yankees.

Slugger Mark Teixeira has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic after injuring his right wrist swinging in the batting cage.

Teixeira was set to start at first base for Team USA but was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox.

"It wasn't something he wouldn't be doing (with the Yankees)," Torre said after the U.S. played to a 4-4 tie with the White Sox. "It was just a freak thing."


Rangers interested in Porcello

The Texas Rangers moved quickly in response to the loss of promising left-hander Martin Perez for at least the first month of the season because of a forearm injury.

The Rangers contacted Detroit about right-hander Rick Porcello, according to a major-league official. They also kept open the lines of communication with uber-agent Scott Boras concerning free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse.

The conversations were more than idle chats. The Rangers have a clear and growing need for a starting pitcher.

A month ago, the likely landing spots for both Porcello and Lohse were the Rangers or a team that lost a pitcher to a spring-training injury.  The Rangers are the unfortunate team, too.”


White Sox and Sale discussing contract extension

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale confirmed Tuesday his representatives have had discussions with the club about a contract extension.

Sale, who is about to enter his second season as a starting pitcher, was an All-Star in 2012 when he went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA in 30 games (29 starts).

He struck out 192 batters in a professional-high 192 innings.

If Sale, who enters the 2013 season with 2 years, 61 days service time, stays in the majors all season he’ll qualify for arbitration next season. The left-hander, who was the 13th overall pick of the 2010 draft, is set to earn $600,000 this season and would be in line for a significant raise.”


Red Sox Bard making progress

Daniel Bard has been kept out of games to work on some mechanical glitches. He pitched a simulated game Monday with manager John Farrell, pitchers John Lackey and Jon Lester, front office personnel and scouts, and team psychologist Bob Tewksbury watching.

When Bard pitches, he draws a crowd.

That’s because Bard has a lot of supporters among teammates and those in the organization who want him to succeed and put last year’s dreadful season behind him.

The story of Bard’s difficulties has been well-chronicled.

He’s the closer-in-waiting turned starter, turned disaster now in recovery. Not long after Farrell was hired he went to see Bard throw and thought the pitcher looked like his old self with his velocity returning.”


Markakis still a few days away from returning

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis said Tuesday that the stiffness in his neck is getting better, but he added that he will likely still be out of the team’s starting lineup for at least the next few days. 

“It’s safe to say a couple more days,” Markakis said. “If the season was going on today, I would probably be able to play today, but its spring so we’ll take it easy, nice and slow, no rush.””

Markakis was scratched from the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he woke up with a stiff neck.

“I don’t know if I did it lifting or something, but I just went home a couple nights ago and started getting a pain in my neck and I tried to stretch it out and that didn’t help, obviously,” Markakis said. “The next morning I woke up and it was real stiff and bothering me. I’ve never had anything like it, so I didn’t know what to expect.”


Aramis Ramirez to miss extended amount of time

Aramis Ramirez was happy an MRI scan of his aching left knee revealed no serious damage. But the Brewers third baseman does not expect to play anytime soon.

"A week maybe? Ten days? Two weeks? I don't know," Ramirez said. "We're still in Spring Training, so I guess it's not that big of a deal."

Ramirez jammed his knee sliding into second base on Saturday against the Angels, and was moving very gingerly the following morning before going for an MRI. Before that scan came back negative for structural damage, Ramirez admitted, "I was scared a little bit."

"I didn't know what to expect because I was really hurt," Ramirez said. "After we got the MRI, we now know what we're dealing with, and I guess it's not that big of a deal. We've got two weeks to go. It's a lot better. Two days ago, I was on crutches."


Helton ready for final season

The question was blunt. 

"Can you still hit .300?"

So was the answer.

"I plan on it," Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton said, his eyes flashing at the challenge.

Self-confidence convinced Helton — a career .320 hitter with 2,420 hits — to return for a 17th big-league season, which almost certainly will be his last. But it comes with no guarantee of a fairy tale ending, injuries and age having reduced his effectiveness in recent seasons.”


Pujols makes spring debut

"Depending on one's point of view, Albert Pujols started his exhibition season 10 days late or 10 days early.

Recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee, the three-time MVP went 0 for 3 in his first spring training appearance of 2013 as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 Tuesday.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia had not expected Pujols to play for another week-and-a-half.

"I need to get my at-bats," Pujols said. "It doesn't matter how much you hit in the cage. You need to see live pitching."

Pujols, batting third as the designated hitter, had a broken-bat grounder to third in the first against Mike Leake, struck out swinging in the fourth versus Aroldis Chapman and grounded to shortstop in the sixth against Wilkin De La Rosa."


MLB to examine extended replay for 2014 season

"Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season and will be studying over the course of this year which calls to review and how to do it.

Joe Torre, an MLB executive vice president, said Tuesday that league officials plan to visit Miami during the World Baseball Classic and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan."


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That is too bad for Tex. I hope he returns to full strength this year. The Yankees could really use his pop.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerome Manson
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