Major Leagues: Spring Training Roundup
The baseball roundup …
KISSIMMEE, Fla. ó Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was awake and able to respond to doctors Wednesday after being hit in the face by Brian McCannís foul liner while standing in the dugout during an exhibition game.
Salazar may have sustained a concussion and might have a facial fracture and damage around his left eye, Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
Salazar was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center and was to stay overnight. Wren did not have an official hospital report.
ěWe are just blessed that Luis is alive,î Wren said after St. Louis beat Atlanta 6-1. ěThe scans so far have been positive.î
Wren said Salazar was unconscious when an ambulance drove onto the field in the first inning to help the 54-year-old former big leaguer. Wren said Salazar was hit around the nose, toward his left eye.
ěThat was the worst thing I have ever seen on the field,î Braves star Chipper Jones said. ěHe wasnít awake at all. He was out of it. I just looked at him to see if he was breathing. I thought his life might be in danger.î
The game was delayed nearly 20 minutes while medical personnel tended to Salazar.
Mariners 9, Dodgers 4
GLENDALE, Ariz. ó Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland left early because of pain in his left side and will get examined, a setback for Los Angeles during its loss to Seattle.
Rangers 9, Athletics 2
SURPRISE, Ariz. ó Neftali Feliz struck out four in three scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics.
The AL Rookie of the Year posted 40 saves last year.
Reds 15, Padres (ss) 5
PEORIA, Ariz. ó Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer and Chris Heisey had a two-run shot off former teammate Aaron Harang in the Cincinnati Redsí victory against the San Diego Padres.
Giants 4, White Sox 2
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ó Barry Zito allowed only one hit in five shutout innings and Aubrey Huff homered and added an RBI single and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Chicago White Sox.
Padres (ss) 9, Indians 2
GOODYEAR, Ariz. ó Carlos Santana played first base for the first time for the Cleveland Indians in a loss to a San Diego Padres split squad.
Rockies 8, Angels 1
TEMPE, Ariz. ó Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed three hits and a run in four innings and the Rockies topped the Los Angeles Angels.
Chacin went 9-11 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts with Colorado in 2010 as a rookie.
Orioles (ss) 11, Twins 2
SARASOTA, Fla ó Adam Jones had three hits and three RBIs, and Mark Reynolds drove in two runs to lead a Baltimore Oriolesí split squad over the Minnesota Twins.
Royals 13, Cubs 4
MESA, Ariz. ó Melky Cabrera hit a bases-loaded triple in a five-run first inning and the Kansas City Royals coasted past the Chicago Cubs.
Brewers 11, Diamondbacks 8
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) ó Randy Wolf allowed a grand slam to minor leaguer Collin Cowgill in a five-run first inning of the Milwaukee Brewersí victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Wolf, who figures to move up in the rotation because Zack Greinke is likely to start the season on the disabled list, regrouped to throw a scoreless second and even doubled in a run in Milwaukeeís four-run second inning.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 3, 11 innings
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. ó B.J. Upton had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs while Jeff Niemann tossed four scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to defeat Toronto.
Phillies 5, Tigers 3
LAKELAND, Fla. ó Brian Schneider hit a three-run homer off Rick Porcello and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers.
Nationals 8, Marlins 4
JUPITER, Fla. ó Jason Marquis pitched four scoreless innings and Danny Espinosa homered and drove in four runs to help the Washington Nationals beat the Florida Marlins.
Mets 7, Astros 2
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. ó Luis Castillo reached base all three times up and scored a run, helping the New York Mets defeat the Houston Astros.
SURPRISE, Ariz. ó Former NFL player Pat White has told the Kansas City Royals that he is retiring from baseball.
The 26-year-old White signed a minor league contract with the Royals after being released by the Miami Dolphins last September. Kansas City then sent the outfielder to the Fall Instructional League.
White was a star quarterback at West Virginia, a dual threat as a passer and runner. The Dolphins drafted him in the second round in 2009 and he played in 13 games.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó The Kansas City Royals aren’t liable for injuries to a fan hit in the face by a hot dog that was flung into the crowd by the team’s large, furry lion mascot named Sluggerrr, a jury found Wednesday.
John Coomer of Overland Park, Kan., suffered a detached retina that required three surgeries to fix when he was hit by the wayward wiener during a September 2009 night game. He was seeking more than $25,000 in damages.
CLEARWATER, Fla. ó With second baseman Chase Utley unable to play in any spring training game due to a right knee injury, the Philadelphia Phillies are exploring non-surgical options.
The Phillies said an MRI of the five-time All-Star on Monday revealed tendinitis, bone inflammation and chondromalacia, which is pain due to irritation under the kneecap.
SURPRISE, Ariz. ó Brandon Webb threw to hitters for the first time this spring training, throwing 62 pitches during batting practice for the Texas Rangers.
After his 14-minute session Wednesday, Webb said he felt good.
The 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t pitched in a major league game since the 2009 opener for Arizona because of shoulder surgery. He signed with this offseason with the AL champions, who hope he will be part of their starting rotation, though they know the right-hander likely will not be ready for the start of the regular season.
Webb is scheduled to throw another batting practice session Saturday. The Rangers haven’t said when he will pitch in a game.