MLB inside pitch

2013-03-05T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pleased with the way his knee has handled the first two weeks of spring training. Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to wait to see how his left knee felt before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season. He hit a home run last week, something he hadn't done since June 24 because he couldn't push off the knee.

• White Sox right-handed reliever Jesse Crain, who was scheduled to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, withdrew due to a strained right adductor. Crain said he hopes to return to his normal routine in a week.

• Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco pitched three innings after being hit in the side of the head by a comebacker in the first against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Carrasco was hit on the side of the head by Darnell McDonald's line drive. Carrasco went down on his knees and was tended to by trainers but stayed in the game. He allowed four hits, two runs and a walk. He struck out two.

• Colorado's Nolan Arenado hit his third home run in three games, a solo shot off Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning. The 21-year-old Arenado went 2 for 3, lifting his spring batting average to .411 with four home runs and eight RBIs. Arenado has never appeared in the big leagues and was expected to begin the season at Triple-A, while fourth-year veteran Chris Nelson starts at third base.

Grapefruit League

• Yankees general manager Brian Cashman broke his right leg and dislocated the ankle while skydiving in Florida. Cashman jumped with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in a plane from Homestead Air Reserve Base outside Miami, a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. He was hurt on his second jump Monday.

• Philadelphia OF Delmon Young was scheduled to visit orthopedist Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles today for a checkup with hope he might be cleared to participate in limited baseball activities. Young, signed to a $750,000 contract as a free agent in January, underwent microfracture surgery on his right ankle in November and likely will begin the season on the DL. The Phillies are encouraged that he has lost 11 pounds since the start of spring training, dropping to 227.

• Detroit's Rick Porcello pitched a spring training-high four scoreless innings against the Houston Astros on Monday. Porcello, competing with several others for one of the remaining openings in the Tigers rotation, allowed three hits and struck out six. He lowered his spring ERA to 3.38.

• Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis had an MRI on his left knee and was diagnosed with a bone bruise. Mets manager Terry Collins said he should be back on the field in three to five days. Nieuwenhuis injured the knee sliding in a game Sunday.

• Cardinals manager Mike Matheny arrived at the stadium a few hours late after having an epidural injection in the morning. Matheny has a ruptured disk.

• Boston's David Ortiz completed a base-running drill on Monday. It was the third time he had done a base-running drill this spring training as he comes back from an Achilles injury that limited him to 90 games last season. He has yet to run on consecutive days, a hurdle Red Sox manager John Farrell said Ortiz will have to clear before getting into a game

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