Ed Lucas day to day with hamstring injury
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Marlins infielder Ed Lucas
is considered day to day after leaving Thursday's spring game against the Tigers with a tight left hamstring
, per MLB.com. Lucas was 1 for 2 with one run and one strikeout before leaving the game.
Lucas is batting .300 (6 for 20) with one home run and four RBI this spring.
Phillies starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
said he doesn't know when he will test his injured shoulder, per The Philadelphia Inquirer
. Gonzalez added the soreness in the front of his right shoulder is an ailment he's never encountered before.
"This popped up on me," Gonzalez said through a translator.
No MRI is currently scheduled for Gonzalez, who is expected to begin the season in the minors. However, he's still holding out hope he will open the year in the majors.
"As long as I'm here, I feel like I have an opportunity," Gonzalez said. "[The injury] is something out of my control. I feel like as long as I'm still here I have a shot."
Huston Street set to return to game action on Saturday
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Padres closer Huston Street
will make his 2014 debut on Saturday, but it could be in a minor league game, per the San Diego Union-Tribune
What was originally deemed a minor groin pull has sidelined him throughout spring training, though the team might have just been exhibiting caution with Street, who is set in his spot after saving 33 of 35 save opportunities last season.
Perhaps the first cactus-related injury in major league baseball history will keep Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez sidelined indefinitely
, per the Milwaukee Journal
. It is unknown when he will return.
Rodriguez stepped barefoot on a cactus and was forced to have the spines extracted from his foot.
Josh Beckett set to make Friday start
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Dodgers oft-injured starter Josh Beckett
has recovered enough from a sprained thumb to make his Friday start, the team has announced.
Beckett hopes to gain some momentum after slamming his thumb in a door and missing 10 days of spring training. He was coming off a game in which he yielded five runs in three innings.
The team's likely fifth starter will probably not be active to open the regular season.
Jaime Garcia: I'll return to mound by end of March
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Cardinals veteran southpaw Jaime Garcia
, who has struggled with left shouler inflammation, said he plans on playing catch
within the next two days and hopes to return to the mound by the end of March, per MLB.com.
Garcia opened spring training as a rotation hopeful, but the setback ended those hopes, at least to start the regular season. The pace and success of his recovery will help determine the possibility of him eventually landing a spot.
Tightness continues to plague Doug Fister
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Nationals rotation newcomer Doug Fister
continued to feel tightness
during his throwing session Wednesday, but remained scheduled for a bullpen session on Friday, per the Washington Post
Fister is working through elbow inflammation and is expected to be ready to roll in time for the regular season.
Ryan Mattheus working way back from chest injury
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Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus
is set to take another step forward in his recovery from a chest injury. He will be throwing 35 pitches
Friday, which could lead to a live bullpen session, per MASNsports.com.
Mattheus must prove himself healthy and effective to land a spot on the roster. He deteriorated in 2013 after two strong seasons, more than doubling his ERA to 6.37 and yielding 52 hits in 35 1/3 innings.
Illness follows injury for Ian Desmond
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Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond
has not had a pleasant last two days. He cut his pinkie finger during warmups on Wednesday and was sent home sick
on Thursday. The finger injury would have precluded him from playing the exhibition game against the Mets anyway.
The Nationals hope the setback doesn't slow his momentum. Desmond is batting .286 in spring training and is tied for the team lead in home runs with two.
Ryan Zimmerman scheduled to play Saturday
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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman
is dealing with shoulder tightness
, manager Matt Williams said Thursday. He will be held out a second straight day Thursday and possibly Friday, but he's scheduled to play Saturday.
Zimmerman has not thrown the last two days because of soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder, but he's confident the issue will dissipate in the coming days, per The Washington Post.
"At first you’re concerned, because you don’t want anything to hurt," Zimmerman said. "Once every day it starts to feel better, you realize it’s just soreness and not anything structural. At first, you’re always nervous, especially when you had something repaired. It’s okay.
"It feels good enough to play now. Because we’re afforded with the time we have now, we should just give it one or two more days to make sure it’s completely out of there. You can do that down here. Regular season, it would be a different story."