Spring training injury update: Feb. 28

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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Legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera cleared an important hurdle on Thursday. (AP)

You've no doubt already acquiainted yourself with Elvis Andrus's bizarre malady and Will Middlebrooks's minor wrist issue, so let's get to the other injury news from around the Cactus and Grapefruit League camps ...

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  • Athletics: CF Chris Young (quad) was slated to be the lineup on Thursday, but lingering discomfort has pushed his return back at least another day. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Blue Jays: CF Colby Ramus was a late scratch on Thursday because of a sore shoulder. He's listed as day-to-day. (MLB.com)
  • Braves: C Brian McCann (shoulder) was able to take batting practice on Thursday without setback. He's now ready to hit and throw on an every-other-day basis. (Mark Bowman)
  • Brewers: IF Bobby Crosby remains sidelined with a quad strain. He has yet to play this spring and is no lock to make the 25-man roster. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • Cardinals: OF Carlos Beltran was lifted from Thursday's action after being struck on the foot by an errant pitch. X-rays were negative, and he's day-to-day. (MLB.com)
  • Cubs: RHP Matt Garza (strained lat) was able to throw from 45 to 60 feet on Thursday, but it's looking increasingly likely that he'll open the season on the disabled list. (CSNChicago.com) … 3B Ian Stewart (strained quad) isn't expected to begin hitting for another week or so. (ESPN Chicago) … SS Starlin Castro will be sidelined the next two to three days because of a strained hamstring. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Dodgers: OF Carl Crawford has suffered a minor setback (forearm stiffness) in his recovery from elbow surgery, and it's not certain when he'll see game action. However, Matt Kemp (offseason shoulder surgery) should be in the lineup on Friday. (MLB.com) … LHP Ted Lilly (shoulder) made his first appearance since May 23 of last year, tossing two innings of relief against the Angels on Thursday. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Giants: Lefty Jose Mijares has an impingement in this pitching elbow, and results from an MRI are expected back soon. He'll miss the upcoming World Baseball Classic, as will outfielder Andres Torres, who's limited by an oblique strain. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Mets: Reliever Pedro Feliciano has been cleared to resume baseball activities after being diagnosed with a cardiac abnormality. Doctors will monitor his heart rate and rhythm for at least the next two weeks (Newark Star-Ledger) … Right-hander Zack Wheeler (oblique strain) is improving but is still expected to miss his next start, largely as a precautionary measure. (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • Nationals: 3B Ryan Zimmerman was able to throw to second base on Thursday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in November. He'll now be able to advance in his throwing program and should be able to DH very soon. (Washington Post)
  • Phillies: RHP Mike Adams (thoracic surgery) retired three of the four batters that he faced in his spring debut on Thursday.
  • Pirates: RHP Jeff Karstens (biceps), who's slated to be Pittsburgh's fifth starter, will throw from the bullpen mound on Friday. If all goes well, he'll likely throw one or more live BP sessions before seeing game action. (Bill Brink via Twitter)
  • Red Sox: OF Jonny Gomes collided with a wall on Wednesday night and required three stitches in his leg. He should be ready to play again soon … 1B Mike Napoli (hips) is set to make his spring debut in Friday night's game against the Pirates. (MLB.com) … RHP John Lackey, making his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery, labored against the Pirates, as he Pittsburgh worked him for 35 pitches in the second inning. (Boston Globe)
  • White Sox: DH Adam Dunn (elbow) will return to the lineup on Friday. (Mark Gonzales via Twitter)
  • Yankees: Closer Mariano Rivera (knee) threw an 18-pitch simulated game and also fielded bunts and covered first base at times. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia (elbow) completed a 46-pitch simulated outing and could see game action next week. (New York Daily News)

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