MLB inside pitch

2013-03-23T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will be out for up to two months because of a sprained left elbow. D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said Friday that Eaton had an MRI that revealed a small tear in the fibers around the ulnar collateral ligament. Eaton, bothered by a sore elbow for a couple of weeks was expected to be Arizona's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. The speedster's absence leaves the team thin in the outfield, with Cody Ross (right) unlikely to be ready for opening day with a calf strain. That leaves the team with a probable outfield of Jason Kubel in left, A.J., Pollock in center and Gerardo Parra in right. Eaton hit .390 this spring with 10 RBIs.

• Mark Teahan went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and the D-backs earned a 7-5 win over Cleveland on Friday night in Goodyear. Arizona starter Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.

• San Diego Padres right-hander Casey Kelly needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the upcoming season.

• Colorado opening day starter Jhoulys Chacin was scratched from his start Friday against Texas because of back spasms. He pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and has been limited to 4 1/3 innings in three spring starts.

• In his first start of the spring, Colorado's Christian Friedrich allowed two of San Francisco's five home runs in an 11-6 split-squad loss in Scottsdale.

• Starter Carlos Villanueva threw six scoreless innings and struck out four in the Chicago Cubs' 4-1 victory over Milwaukee on Friday.

• Clayton Kershaw struck out eight over six innings in the Dodgers' 6-5 loss to Cincinnati. L.A.'s opening-day starter allowed three runs and four hits.

• Mike Leake won the last spot in Cincinnati's rotation when manager Dusty Baker said Aroldis Chapman would return to the closer role. Leake gave up a three-run homer and a solo shot to the Dodgers' Luis Cruz.

• The Angels' C.J. Wilson and the Royals' James Shields were both tagged as Kansas City won 13-9 on Friday. Wilson allowed eight runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. Shields gave up nine runs on 11 hits.

Grapefruit League

• Robinson Cano drove in two runs to help the Yankees beat the Twins 9-7 on Friday despite a rough start for Ivan Nova, who's in contention for the fifth slot in the rotation. Nova gave up back-to-back home runs to Justin Morneau and Ryan Doumit in the second.

• Miami top position prospect Christian Yelich, 21, was among three players re-assigned to the Marlins' minor-league camp Friday. Yelich, an outfielder, had a good spring, batting .364 with team-highs in home runs (5), RBIs (14) and runs (13).

• Phillies prospect Darin Ruf launched a solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Atlanta 7-6, then walked off to the minor league camp. Philly assigned the left fielder to Triple-A after the win.

• Mets lefty Johan Santana will start the season on the DL while he strengthen his pitching shoulder.

• Bud Norris' next start will be Houston's season opener against Texas. The righty threw six scoreless innings in a 3-2 win over St. Louis.

General

• Major League Baseball sued a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators, accusing them of scheming to provide banned performance-enhancing drugs to players in violation of their contracts. The lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch.

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