Spring training injury update: Freese homers in return to lineup

Freese homered in his return to the lineup on Thursday. (USATSI)

The Los Angeles Dodgers were dealt a pretty big blow Thursday, as shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss the next eight weeks following thumb surgery. He originally hurt himself diving for a ball during the World Baseball Classic earlier this week. Los Angeles will rely on the less than ideal duo of Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe on the left side of the infield until Ramirez returns.

Here are the rest of Thursday's injury updates:

  • Los Angeles Angels : RHP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session, his third of the spring. He'll do it again Sunday. (Orange County Register)
  • Houston Astros : 1B Brett Wallace left Houston's game with pinched nerve in his left trap and is day-to-day. (MLB.com)
  • St. Louis Cardinals : 3B David Freese (tailbone) returned to the lineup and hit a home run. He missed about a week with the injury. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks : SS Didi Gregorius (elbow) will begin throwing this weekend. Manager Kirk Gibson believes he'll be ready by mid-April. (Peter Gammons)
  • San Francisco Giants : 2B Marco Scutaro was scratched from the lineup with back tightness. (CSN Bay Area)
  • Washington Nationals : RHP Rafael Soriano (root canal) is expected to pitch on Friday as scheduled. (CSN Washington)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates : 1B Gaby Sanchez was scratched from Pittsburgh's game with some kind of allergic reaction. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
  • Tampa Bay Rays : OF Sam Fuld (hamstring) hit in a minor league game and will do the same Friday. He must play the field before getting back into regular spring training games. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Cincinnati Reds : OF Shin-Soo Choo (back spasms) took part in a workout, but he has yet to return to the lineup. He's been out since March 16. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Boston Red Sox : SS Stephen Drew (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activity. There is no timetable for returning to game action, however (Providence Journal) ... IF Pedro Ciriaco (back spasms) is improving and could play in Saturday's game (ESPN Boston) ... 1B Lyle Overbay (back tightness) is expected to play the next two days. (ESPN Boston)
  • Chicago White Sox : RHP Jesse Crain (groin) isn't getting any better. "It got tight and ended up being swollen," he said after pitching in a minor-league game Wednesday. (Chicago Sun-Times)
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