The pitching injuries continued to mount on Monday, as two more young starters were confirmed to need Tommy John surgery. Here is a recap of the day's major baseball news.
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RHP Jose Contreras: Weighing retirement after the Rangers told him he will not make the team, Texas announced.
Athletics: RHP Jarrod Parker will have Tommy John surgery this week ... 3B Josh Donaldson (calf tightness) will be given another day off on Tuesday (San Francisco Chronicle) ... OF Craig Gentry (back) took full batting practice on Monday and could soon make his spring debut. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Braves: RHP Kris Medlen will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday while RHP Brandon Beachy will seek a second opinion on his injured elbow ... LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Monday and could make his spring debut later this week (MLB.com) ... 1B Freddie Freeman (thumb) expects to return to game action this week. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Padres: 3B Chase Headley (calf) will make his spring debut on Thursday (MLB.com) ... An MRI showed no ligament damage in RHP Joe Wieland's elbow. It was feared he would need a second Tommy John surgery. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (quad tightness) is expected to return to game action on Thursday (Fort Worth Star Telegram) ... IF Jurickson Porfar (shoulder, wisdom teeth) played his first game in the field on Monday.
Reds: RHP Mat Latos (knee surgery) is tentatively scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday (Cincinnati Enquirer) ... LHP Sean Marshall (shoulder tendinitis) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session but is likely to start the season on the DL ... RHP Homer Bailey (mild ground groin) is questionable for his next start (MLB.com)
Royals: SS Alcides Escobar (shoulder soreness) was given a cortisone shot and will not return to the lineup until Saturday (Kansas City Star) ... 2B Omar Infante was scratched from Monday's game with a sore right elbow. He is day-to-day. (Kansas City Star)
Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias has a stress fracture in each leg. There is no timetable for his return but he hopes to play in 2014 ... RHP Anibal Sanchez was scratched from Monday's start with "right posterior shoulder inflammation" ... OF Rajai Davis was also scratched from Monday's game with a tight hamstring and is day-to-day. (MLB.com)