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Spring training injury update: Jonny Venters likely headed to DL

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jonny Venters
Venters, throwing Tuesday before he was forced to leave the game. (USATSI)

Time to round up some injuries yet again.

  • Angels: Closer Ryan Madson threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday and reportedly estimates he was throwing at about "70-80 percent." He's still headed to the DL to start the season but appears to be on the right track. (MLB.com)
  • Athletics: Infielder Adam Rosales will open the season on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. Also, shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has a left hamstring strain and may also be forced to the DL, leaving Jed Lowrie as the likely opening-day starter. (MLB.com)
  • Braves: Left-handed reliever Jonny Venters had to voluntarily exit from his outing Tuesday with what is initially being called a left elbow sprain. He is likely on his way to the disabled list to open the season. (MLB.com)
  • Cardinals: Outfielder Matt Holliday was pulled from Tuesday's game when he felt some tightness in his left side, but it sounds like it was merely a precautionary measure. (MLB.com) Outfielder Carlos Beltran returned to the lineup after missing time due to a toe injury, and it appears there were no issues. (MLB.com)
  • Cubs: Outfielder Brett Jackson has been out of the lineup with a sore shoulder but is expected to be back Thursday. (ESPN Chicago via Twitter)
  • Diamondbacks: Starting pitcher Daniel Hudson threw a bullpen session Tuesday, marking the first time he's thrown off a mound since having Tommy John surgery last season. (Nick Piecoro via Twitter)
  • Dodgers: Starter Zack Greinke's balky elbow has been a big spring storyline, but he insists he'll be ready to start the season on time after making a start Monday night. (MLB.com)
  • Mets: Third baseman David Wright played in a minor-league game and said he feels "good." He also noted he's "optimistic" that he'll be ready to be in the opening-day lineup. (nypost.com) Pitcher Jenrry Mejia is going to remain shut down for the next two weeks with forearm tendinitis. (ESPN New York) Starting pitcher Shaun Marcum has a neck issue on top of his recovery from a shoulder impingement, so it is now unlikely he'll be ready for his first turn in the regular-season rotation. (MLB.com)
  • Nationals: Outfielder Bryce Harper continues to suffer from tenderness in his left hand and may have to miss a few days late in the spring. It's still believed to be a temporary issue, however. (Washington Times)
  • Padres: Infielder Logan Forsythe has plantar fasciitis and looks like he's going to open the season on the disabled list. He was set to take injured Chase Headley's place at third base. Also, outfielder Carlos Quentin (knee) appeared in his first major-league spring game and suffered no setbacks. Finally, pitcher Andrew Cashner (thumb) is getting closer to making the opening-day roster. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Pirates: Infielder Brandon Inge will likely start the season on the DL with a sore shoulder blade. (Tom Singer via Twitter)
  • Tigers: Outfielder Avasail Garcia has been placed on the DL with a bruised right heel, retroactive to March 22. (detroitnews.com)
  • White Sox: Outfielder Alex Rios felt some soreness in his stiff lower back Tuesday but still fully expects to be playing for the White Sox on opening day. Starting pitcher John Danks, however, will open the season on the disabled list -- which doesn't come as much a surprise after his setbacks this spring. (suntimes.com)
 
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