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Russell Wilson to throw out first pitch at Rangers game


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Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson is set for another ceremonial showing with the Texas Rangers.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback will throw out the first pitch Wednesday night before the finale of a three-game series between the Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Wilson spent a day in uniform with the Rangers at spring training in Surprise, Ariz., but didn’t appear in a game against Cleveland on March 3.

An infielder, Wilson hit .229 in two seasons in the low minor leagues in Colorado’s system in 2010-11.

Notes

• Rangers ace Yu Darvish has thrown an 86-pitch bullpen session and could return to the rotation in the next week.

Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux says the right-hander looked very good during what amounted to four innings of simulated work at the Rangers’ home ballpark Tuesday.

He’s eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.

• Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw probably won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible to be activated on April 14.

Says Mattingly: “This thing is going to take some time.”

Mattingly says Kershaw will likely have to make a rehab start before he can return.

Kershaw was placed on the DL on Sunday with a swollen muscle in his left upper back. He already had been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after an MRI exam revealed the problem.

Mattingly says Kershaw was supposed to have thrown before Tuesday’s game but didn’t because it was cool and damp.

Additionally, Mattingly said reliever Brian Wilson will be placed on the disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

The move will be made Wednesday, retroactive to Monday.

Mattingly says Wilson was examined by a team doctor on Monday and there was no ligament damage. Wilson had reconstructive elbow surgery in April 2012.

• Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn elbow ligament after just 25 pitches this season and might need surgery.

The injury means 36-year-old Jose Valverde is likely to take over as closer for now in an already thin bullpen. Valverde, a three-time All-Star, has struggled with control in recent years.

Scott Kazmir will have to wait at least one more day to make his debut for the Oakland Athletics and pitch against his former team. It’s not exactly the kind of doubleheader he had planned.

The game between the A’s and Cleveland Indians was postponed because of rain Tuesday night. It was the first rainout in Oakland since May 5, 1998.

“I think Kaz brought all the rain with him. You can blame it on him,” said right-hander Corey Kluber, the Indians’ scheduled starter.

The game will be made up in a day-night doubleheader Wednesday. The first game is scheduled to start at 12:35 p.m. and the second game at 6 p.m.

Kazmir and Kluber will start the opener. Zach McAllister will start for the Indians in the second game, while A’s manager Bob Melvin said his starter is “to be announced.”



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