MLB notes: Mets' Wright sidelined after getting hurt in WBC
By QMI Agency
|Third baseman David Wright of the U.S. fields a shot to put out Irving Falu of Puerto Rico at first base in the third inning of their 2013 World Baseball Classic game at Marlins Stadium in Miami, Florida March 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright is the latest casualty of the World Baseball Classic.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced Friday that Wright would take the next three to five days off due to a moderate strain in his left intercostal muscle. Wright was scratched from the Americans' WBC game against the Dominican Republic Thursday night and flew to New York to be evaluated by team doctors.
"Anything about his condition for opening day, I think right now, would be speculative," Alderson said. "Is it possible he will be out for a period of time? Sure. But what we know right now is he's going to rest for three to five days, and we'll see what happens."
Wright said he has been experiencing discomfort for nearly a week but Alderson admitted the Mets were unaware of his injury before Thursday.
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was also hurt during the WBC.
If the U.S. advances to the semifinals at the WBC, San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley will fill in.
GREINKE STILL SORE
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke is "a longshot" to be ready for opening day, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Greinke, who's been battling a sore right elbow, won't throw a bullpen session until next week and manager Don Mattingly admitted it was unlikely the pitcher would be able to start more than two more exhibition games. So the Dodgers probably won't rush the former Cy Young winner back for the April 2 season opener against the San Francisco Giants.
"Hypothetically, just doing the math, as soon as Zack is ready to go out, we'll get him back in there," Mattingly said. "He needs to be built up and ready to compete. I don't want him behind the eight ball, trying to catch up."
Greinke has worked just five innings this spring.
Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has been battling Lyme disease for almost a year, according to the New York Daily News.
Seaver, who won 311 games during a 20-year career with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox, is just starting to feel better after a hellish nine months with the disease.
"I felt like I had the worst case of the flu every day, and then I was having trouble remembering things and making bad decisions," he told the Daily News. "I was scared. I said to myself, 'It's like I'm getting old before my time. Why is this happening?' I thought I'd had a stroke."
Doctors tested Seaver for dementia, a stroke and other terminal illnesses before diagnosing him with Lyme disease. The 68-year-old was first diagnosed with the disease in 1991.
YANKS INK BOESCH
The New York Yankees signed recently released outfielder Brennan Boesch to a one-year, $1.5 million deal Friday.
Boesch, who finished fifth in AL rookie of the year voting in 2010, was let go by the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday after hitting .240 with 12 homers in 132 games last season.
The 27-year-old is expected to compete with Ben Francisco and Juan Rivera for playing time in left field.
The Yankees, meanwhile, will look elsewhere to fill a temporary hole at first base after being turned down by Derrek Lee, who retired after the 2011 season. Mark Teixeira is out 8-10 weeks with a wrist injury.
Tigers minor leaguer Cesar Carrillo was hit with a 100-game suspension for testing positive for drugs. Carrillo, a first-round pick of the Padres in 2005, was named in documents related to Biogenesis, a Miami-area clinic alleged to have supplied performance-enhancing drugs to MLB players ... The Baltimore Orioles traded the brother of Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Red Sox. Mike Flacco, 26, has playyed just four games above the single-A level ... The Arizona Diamondbacks sent pitcher Starling Peralta, a Rule 5 pick, back to the Chicago Cubs. The 21-year-old played in single-A last season and gave up seven runs in three innings during spring training ... St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal had Tommy John surgery and will need 6-8 months to recover. He also had a bone spur removed from his right elbow ... Boston Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales is out indefinitely, according to the Boston Globe, after getting an injection for a bulging disk in his back. Morales is expected to start the season on the DL ... The Cardinals announced that Adam Wainwright will be their opening-day starter.