All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for March 2
One retirement and a slew of injury updates from the NL West headline Sunday's daily news recap.
The start of the regular season is now less than one month away for all 30 teams. Get excited. Here is a recap of Sunday's important baseball news.
Indians: Designated 1B David Cooper for assignment, the club announced. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Sellers.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Blue Jays: OF Colby Rasmus was scratched from Sunday's game with a stiff neck and is considered day-to-day (MLB.com) ... RHP Sergio Santos (intestinal problem) is at least four days away from appearing in a game. (Toronto Star)
Braves: OF Justin Upton (side) will make his spring debut on Monday (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) ... LHP Jonny Venters (Tommy John surgery) will throw lightly off a mound on Wednesday (MLB.com) ... C Gerald Laird (lower back strain) will miss a few more days. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Dodgers: RHP Josh Beckett threw two scoreless innings on Sunday, his first game of the spring. He missed almost all of last season following surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome ... RHP Zack Greinke (calf) did not feel any better on Sunday after being unable to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. There is no timetable for his return (Los Angeles Times) ... RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery) felt only normal soreness after throwing breaking balls for the first time on Saturday. (True Blue LA)
Giants: 1B Brandon Belt left Sunday's game with a stiff neck. It was precautionary and it is not expected to be a big deal going forward ... LHP Jeremy Affeldt is expected to appear in Monday's game. He missed the end of last season with a left groin strain and has been brought back slowly in camp ... 2B Marco Scutaro will make his spring debut this coming week. He's been dealing with a nagging back issue. (Mercury News)
Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (calf) will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday (Newark Star-Ledger) ... SS Ruben Tejada was scratched from Sunday's game with a left hamstring strain. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined. (Newsday)
Padres: OF Cameron Maybin will undergo an MRI on his left shoulder on Monday. He hurt himself making a diving catch (San Diego Union-Tribune) ... RHP Josh Johnson will make his spring debut on Monday and then pitch again on Saturday. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow over the winter (San Diego Union-Tribune) ... Manager Bud Black said OF Carlos Quentin will make his spring debut "in a couple days." He had knee surgery in September. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Pirates: RHP Jason Grilli will make his spring debut on Thursday. The team is bringing him along slowly following last year's elbow injury (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) ... OF Travis Snider (cut finger) had the stitches removed and returned to game action. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Rangers: LHP Matt Harrison (back) will throw off a half-mound on Monday after playing long toss over the weekend ... RHP Tanner Scheppers (back spasms) appeared in Sunday's game after missing time earlier in camp ... RHP Nick Tepesch (sore back) will pitch in Monday's game (ESPN Dallas) ... C Geovany Soto (left foot) had his walking boot removed and can resume cardio workouts (Dallas Morning News) ... OF Shin-Soo Choo is day-to-day with left arm soreness. (ESPN Dallas)
White Sox: RHP Matt Lindstrom (oblique) threw off flat ground with no issues. He should get back into a game soon ... RHP Nate Jones (glute) is "ready to rock and roll" after a live batting practice session (Chicago Sun-Times) ... 1B Paul Konerko was scratched from Sunday's game with a stomach problem (CSN Chicago) ... IF Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) is "slowly getting better" following September surgery according to manager Robin Ventura. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira will make his spring debut either Thursday or Friday after missing nearly all of last year due to wrist surgery (MLB.com) ... RHP Michael Pineda will make his spring debut on Friday after missing the last two seasons following shoulder surgery. (MLB.com)
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