Mar 13 2013
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20– Number of days until Opening Day
MLB News & Notes
- Carl Crawford (elbow) took live batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since being shut down a couple weeks ago.
- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects Zack Greinke (elbow) to resume throwing Friday. Mattingly also expects Greinke will be ready for his first start of the season on April 2nd. Greinke was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his right elbow on Monday.
- The Philadelphia Phillies management expressed “concern” over ace Roy Halladay’s rough spring training outing Tuesday. Halladay really struggled Tuesday, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Tigers. Halladay was throwing in the mid-80s today, which is a very discouraging sign.
- Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and walked Tuesday against the Tigers. Utley’s knees are definitely in better shape this spring than in the last two years.
- Grant Balfour (knee) is going to try to make his Cactus League debut on Monday. Balfour resumed throwing this year and he threw to hitters on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
- David Price will start Opening Day for the Rays against the Orioles. This was the obvious choice.
- Derek Jeter (ankle) will play shortstop Wednesday night for the first time this spring. Jeter will play four or five innings each game, but it may take awhile before he’s ready to play the field on back-to-back days. He is on track to be ready for Opening Day.
- Starlin Castro (hamstring) ran the bases Monday. Castro has not played since February 27, but that should end Wednesday when he is expected to be in the Cubs starting lineup.
- Tim Lincecum (blister) looked sharp on the mound Tuesday night. Lincecum kept his pitches down in the strike zone. He is a strong rebound candidate in 2013.
- THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1991 – Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer’s attempted comeback at the age of 45 came to an end when the newly elected Hall of Famer tore a hamstring during spring training.