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Spring training injury update: Strasburg okay after line drive

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Nationals had an injury scare on Friday. (USATSI)

The Nationals had a big scare on Friday, as ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg was hit in the left wrist by a Prince Fielder line drive. The trainers checked him out, but the team's opening day starter ultimately remained in the game and avoided major injury according to MLB.com. Here are the rest of Friday's injury updates:

  • Athletics: OF Josh Reddick left Friday's game a sprained left ankle and is day-to-day. (Bay Area News Group)
  • Dodgers: SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) had surgery on Friday and will miss eight weeks, as expected. He'll be in a splint for three weeks before beginning range-of-motion activities (True Blue LA) ... OF Carl Crawford (elbow) will play the field on Saturday. He had Tommy John surgery last year and is returning from a setback (Los Angeles Times) ... OF Yasiel Puig left Friday's game after diving for a ball. He had the wind knocked out of him and is otherwise fine. (MLB.com)
  • Giants: 3B Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is doing much better, but there is still no timetable for his return to game action (San Francisco Chronicle) ... 2B Marco Scutaro (tight back) is going to miss another day or two. (CSN Bay Area)
  • Indians: RHP Chris Perez (shoulder) will pitch in a minor league game on Saturday, but manager Terry Francona said he is unlikely to be ready in time for opening day (MLB.com) ... 2B Jason Kipnis (elbow) hit in the cage on Friday and could return to the lineup on Sunday. The team is just being cautious. (MLB.com on Twitter)
  • Mets: 3B David Wright (intercostal strain) ran the bases and took ground balls on Friday. He has yet to swing a bat, however ... 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal strain) is unlikely to play in a game this weekend or be ready for opening day after experiencing stiffness (ESPN New York) ... RHP Shaun Marcum (shoulder) will return to the rotation on Thursday in advance of the regular season. He received a cortisone shot earlier this week (ESPN New York) ... Manager Terry Collins confirmed LHP Johan Santana (shoulder) will start the year on the DL and remain in Florida to continue building arm strength when the season begins. (ESPN New York)
  • Nationals: RHP Rafael Soriano (root canal) still isn't 100% and will not pitch Saturday as scheduled. He'll instead throw in a minor league game. (Washington Post)
  • Orioles: OF Nick Markakis (herniated disk in his neck) took some swings off a tee and played light catch on Friday. He's hopeful to be ready in time for opening day. (Baltimore Sun)
  • Padres: Manager Bud Black said OF Carlos Quentin (knee) and IF Logan Forsythe (plantar fasciitis) might open the season on the DL. "We're not to that point yet, no doubt we have to see something," said the skipper. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Phillies: X-rays were negative on C Carlos Ruiz's left hand after he was hit by a pitch on Thursday. He will serve a 25-game suspension to start the year after a failed drug test. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Reds: OF Shin-Soo Choo (back spasms) could return to the lineup on Saturday. He participated in a full workout for the second straight day on Friday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Red Sox: SS Stephen Drew (concussion) feels better, but still has some symptoms and there is no timetable for his return to game action (Boston Globe) ... DH David Ortiz (heels) took some swings on Friday, but there is no timetable for when he will resume running. (Boston Globe)
  • Rockies: RHP Jhoulys Chacin was scratched from Friday's game with lower back spasms. The team doesn't consider it a serious issue. (Denver Post)
  • Twins: LHP Scott Diamond (elbow) and RHP Anthony Swarzak (ribs) were both placed on the 15-day DL and will miss the start of the season. (Twins Baseball Communications)
  • Yankees: SS Derek Jeter (ankle) took batting practice today and is still day-to-day ... LHP Clay Rapada (shoulder) will open the season on the DL according to GM Brian Cashman ... OF Brennan Boesch was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a stiff left ribcage. He will get Saturday off and is not scheduled for tests at the moment. (Journal News)
 
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