Seahawks’ Wilson won’t get a chance to hit for Rangers
The Associated Press
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Texas Rangers have no plans to put Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson at the plate.
Manager Ron Washington says it’s not a good idea to let Wilson hit in an exhibition game. Washington says Wilson hasn’t seen any pitches and that it’s too risky to have him bat.
The Seahawks quarterback is set to be at spring training Monday and the former minor-league second baseman might take part in infield drills. Washington says he wants Wilson to just enjoy his day at the ballpark.
Wilson is expected to participate in a team workout, then be in uniform for the game against Cleveland.
The quarterback played in 93 minor-league games in the Colorado organization.
Greinke exits early with calf injury
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke left his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday after throwing just four pitches because of a mild right calf strain.
“I think it’s minor, but we’ll see,” Greinke said. “I don’t know exactly what it was, but it felt kind of like a cramp.”
Grienke was making his first spring start after saying he had “zero interest” making the trip for the Dodgers’ two regular-season games in Sydney, Australia, March 22-23 against Arizona.
But now Geinke says he’d like to start a game in Sydney.
“If we’re going to be there, which obviously we are, then, yes, I’d like to pitch over there,” he said. “I’m looking forward to flying over there.
“No one wants me to say it this way, but in my vote, if we could (vote to) go over there, my vote was not to,” he said. “But more people wanted to go than not. So, now that we are going, I want to be there.”
In other Dodgers injury new s, outfielder Carl Crawford was scratched from the game because of tightness in his right quadriceps.
• Back from a lengthy suspension, Ryan Braun quickly displayed some power. The slugger hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat for the Milwaukee Brewers since completing a season-ending, 65-game suspension in 2013 for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.
• The New York Mets say an MRI on pitcher Jon Niese’s ailing left shoulder did not show any major problems. Projected to be the Mets’ opening-day starter, Niese had been scratched from his opening exhibition on Tuesday.
• Oakland acquired infielder Jake Elmore from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations.
Elmore has a .223 average in 82 major-league games, primarily with the Houston Astros.
• Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation before hitting into a double play in his first at-bat of his final spring training. Jeter announced Feb. 12 that this will be his last season.