It's our favorite time of the night, which is to discuss myriad injuries from around baseball. Here we go.
- Astros: Pitchers Lucas Harrell (groin injury) and Erik Bedard (gluteal strain -- yes, a strained butt) threw Wednesday and are "feeling good." (MLB.com)
- Athletics: Reliever Fernando Rodriguez is out for the season, as he'll need Tommy John surgery. (MercuryNews.com) Infielder Jemile Weeks will be in the lineup Friday for the first time since March 1. He's been on the shelf with a strained shoulder. (MLB.com via Twitter)
- Blue Jays: Reliever Sergio Santos threw one minor-league inning Thursday and said, "I don't foresee anything why I shouldn't be ready for opening day." He's coming back fromsore right (pitching arm) triceps. (MLB.com)
- Cardinals: After having his eye struck by a "projectile" last week in a golf outing, reliever Marc Rzepczynski had vision issues, but they all of a sudden cleared up Thursday and he's eyeing a return to the hill Friday. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Also, manager Mike Matheny is back with the team after back surgery. (Post-Dispatch)
- Dodgers: Zack Greinke is dealing with inflammation in his right (pitching) elbow, but is planning to resume playing catch Friday. That being said, manager Don Mattingly is already examining back-up plans, should Greinke not be ready to start the season with the club. (MLB.com) Carl Crawford, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, had six at-bats in a minor-league game and played catcher afterward -- for the first time since being shut down two weeks ago. (LATimes.com)
- Phillies: Roy Halladay is coming off an outing that raised concern -- not because of his stat-line, because it's spring, but because of low velocity. Thursday, he went through a "coaching-intensive" bullpen session. Phillies bullpen coach Rich Dubee says Halladay is "fine," but several reporters don't seem convinced that is the case. (Philly.com)
- Red Sox: Reliever Franklin Morales went back to Boston to have his back inflammation checked out. (WEEI.com)
- Reds: Homer Bailey got nailed with a line drive off the bat of Kendrys Morales Thursday, but he's fine. (Cincinnati.com)
- White Sox: Infielder Jeff Keppinger was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a "personal matter." (Suntimes.com) Veteran reliever Matt Thornton has been dealing with a tender elbow, but said he's OK to go all out right now -- it's just that there's no need to at this point in the spring. (Suntimes.com)
- Yankees: Phil Hughes, trying to come back from a bulging disk in his back, threw a 26-pitch batting practice session Thursday. He told reporters he was "excited" and still feels like there's a chance to be ready to join the Yankees by opening day. (MLB.com)
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