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Sale hit in hip, expects to start opener

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) This was not the sight the Boston Red Sox envisioned in Chris Sale's final spring training tuneup: Their ace crumpled on the ground, knocked off the mound by a line drive.

Sale quickly got up, flexed his leg a few times and walked off the field under his own power Saturday. The AL East champions called it a bruised left hip, and Sale said the injury wasn't serious and wouldn't jeopardize his opening day start Thursday at Tampa Bay.

"I don't see anything lingering from this," Sale said. "Looked a lot worse than it really is."


Cardinals closer Gregerson to open on DL

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) St. Louis closer Luke Gregerson will begin the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, manager Mike Matheny said on Saturday.

Gregerson injured the hamstring during conditioning drills. He hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since Tuesday, when he struck out two in an inning. There is no announced timetable for his return.


Yanks' Cashman worried about Bird's foot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has inflammation in his right foot and will be evaluated by a specialist in New York on Monday.

Bird was scratched from the starting lineup in a split-squad road game Saturday against Atlanta. He had an initial examination by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Murphy and later underwent CT and MRI exams.


Ohtani uneven in final time on mound

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani's final time on the mound in spring training was a mixed bag, leaving the Los Angeles Angels noncommittal on what's next for the two-way star from Japan.

Ohtani worked into the sixth inning of an intrasquad game on a back field, throwing only 47 strikes in 85 pitches to mostly minor leaguers. He walked five, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches while allowing two runs on just two hits.


Colon cut by Rangers, could rejoin them

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers have cut pitcher Bartolo Colon, but the popular 44-year-old could rejoin them soon.

The Rangers released Colon from his minor league contract. The team faced a Saturday deadline to either add the right-hander to their 25-man roster, cut him or pay him $100,000 to stick around for now.


Braves release veteran LHP Kazmir

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have released Scott Kazmir after the left-hander fell short in his bid to win the No. 5 spot in the team's rotation.

The 34-year-old Kazmir was acquired with Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culberson in the Dec. 18 trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to the Dodgers.


Mets option RHP Wheeler to minors

NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will begin the season in the minors after squandering an opportunity to secure a rotation spot during spring training.

New York optioned the oft-injured Wheeler to minor league camp Saturday. The right-hander, who has made only 17 major league starts over the last three years, gave up 22 hits and compiled an 8.10 ERA in 10 Grapefruit League innings.


Brewers won't keep Gallardo; Guerra down

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned Junior Guerra, their opening day starter a year ago, to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Guerra has made five spring starts and is scheduled to pitch Sunday's Cactus League finale against the Chicago White Sox. The 33-year-old right-hander, who had a groin injury in the opener at Cincinnati last year, was hampered all season and finished with a 5.12 ERA in 70 1-3 innings. He has a 3.15 ERA in 20 spring innings.


Corbin to start opener for Diamondbacks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Left-hander Patrick Corbin has been chosen to start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day.

Manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement Saturday. He'll make his first opening day start Thursday night when the Diamondbacks host Colorado - Arizona beat the Rockies last year in the NL wild-card game.

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