Spring training injury update: Ellsbury's heel issue minor

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jacoby Ellsbury
Ellsbury discusses his heel issue with an athletic trainer. (USATSI)

Only one week until we're watching regular-season baseball. In the meantime, let's dive into the injury updates for Sunday.

  • Brewers: Outfielder Carlos Gomez was out again with lower back stiffness. The culprit? He's been sleeping on a mattress that is too soft. It's not serious, though, as manager Ron Roenicke said Gomez would be playing if this were the regular season. (Brewers Blog)
  • Cardinals: Third baseman David Freese continues to have issues with his back, three weeks after falling into the stands when going after a foul ball. (Derrick Goold via Twitter)
  • Dodgers: A bruised right forearm kept first baseman Adrian Gonzalez out of action, but he's expected to be back Monday. (MLB.com)
  • Giants: Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is still dealing with elbow issues. First baseman Brandon Belt was out of the lineup with a minor neck issue, and second baseman Marco Scutaro was back in the lineup after recovering from his own neck problem. (Giants Extra)
  • Indians: After throwing in a minor-league game Saturday, closer Chris Perez reported no pain Sunday. So the coast is clear for him to be with the club on opening day. He has recovered from a shoulder strain that initially appeared would cause him to miss time. (MLB.com)
  • Mets: Third baseman David Wright took live batting practice as he looks to get back to action. (ESPN New York) Outfield prospect Matt den Dekker broke his right wrist Sunday, so expect him to miss a chunk of the early part in the season. (ESPN New York)
  • Nationals: Outfielder Bryce Harper was dealing with swelling to his left hand, but he seems to be OK. He was 3 for 3. (Washington Times) Reliever Henry Rodriguez sat out -- and plans to Monday as well, as he's dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired throwing elbow. The Nats don't believe it's serious. (Nationals Journal)
  • Orioles: Outfielder Trayvon Robinson has a lower back strain and is listed as day to day. (MLB.com via Twitter)
  • Red Sox: Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was forced to leave Sunday's game with a jammed heel, something that caused his right ankle to tighten up. He was removed for precautionary reasons, though, and he actually wanted to just tape up the ankle and stay in the game. So he's fine. (WEEI.com)
  • Reds: Starting pitcher Mat Latos was nailed with a comebacker Saturday, but Sunday he was reportedly walking around the locker room without a noticeable limp. He's only saddled with a bruise and expects to make his next spring start. So he's fine. (Cincinnati.com)
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