MLB notes: Greinke set to return

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke stretches his arms during MLB Cactus League spring...

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke stretches his arms during MLB Cactus League spring training at the team's facility in Glendale, Arizona, February 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)

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, Last Updated: 9:18 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke will return to the mound on Wednesday after being idle for three weeks.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't pitched since March 1, battling elbow soreness and then the flu, setbacks that will likely see him miss his first scheduled start against the San Francisco Giants on April 2 after the season opens.

"He felt good (on Monday)," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Associated Press. "We want to control the outing."

Mattingly said the 29-year-old could pitch in a simulated game against Dodgers hitters or in a minor-league game in Glendale, Ariz., on Wednesday afternoon.

Greinke has tossed just five innings since spring training opened at the end of February.

JETER'S ANKLE FEELS SORE

The New York Yankees held Derek Jeter out of their starting lineup Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla., because of soreness around his surgically-repaired left ankle.

The all-star shortstop, who fractured his ankle during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series last October, has played in only three games at spring training.

"I was told that you're going to feel it, not necessarily in the ankle but around the ankle, just because I was in a boot for so long that you come out and it's going to take some time to strengthen it," Jeter told MLB.com.

The Yankees' captain said the part of his ankle he fractured was fine.

CARDINALS RELEASE CEDENO

Veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno was released by the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday.

Cedeno, 30, had been competing for a bench spot after batting .259 in 166 at-bats with the New York Mets in 2012. He signed a $1.15 million contract over the winter.

The Cardinals have opted to start Pete Kozma at shortstop with Rafael Furcal out for the season. Matt Carpenter will likely start at second base and Daniel Descalso will back up both middle infield spots. The move opens up a spot for Matt Adams as a lefty bat off the bench.

HAMMERIN' HANK TWEETS

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron has officially joined Twitter at the ripe age of 79.

Six hours after joining the social media site Wednesday morning, Major League Baseball’s former home run king had already amassed more than 21,000 followers.

"I am officially on Twitter!" Aaron wrote in his first posting. "I won’t be posting a lot, but look forward to sharing with you."

Those in the elite class of nine people the Atlanta Braves legend follows on Twitter include Chipper Jones, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and the Baseball Hall of Fame, of course.


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