MLB In Full Bloom 3/7/13

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26– Number of days until Opening Day 

 MLB News & Notes

  • Mark Teixeira was diagnosed with a strained right wrist and will miss 8-10 weeks.  Teixeira will be shut down completely for four weeks before rehabbing the wrist. The estimated timetable places his return somewhere in early-to-late May.
  • According to CBS Sports' Scott Miller, free agent reliever Brian Wilson is "80 to 85 percent" healthy. Wilson underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and remains in rehab mode. He has instructed his agent to not start negotiations with teams until he feels like he can pitch in a game.
  • Roy Halladay shut out the Nationals for four innings Wednesday to win for the second time this spring. His velocity still isn't where he wants it to be, but his spring is going about as well as could have been expected.
  • Carl Crawford (elbow) has been cleared to resume hitting off a tee and throwing on Thursday morning in Dodgers camp. Crawford is battling nerve irritation in his left forearm that is related to his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
  • Jered Weaver allowed one run over three innings in Wednesday's exhibition game against Italy. Weaver gave up three hits and struck out five and with no walks.
  • Kaleb Cowart went 2-for-2 with a bases-clearing double Wednesday against Italy. Cowart batted .276 with 16 home runs last season between Class-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Inland Empire. Baseball America recently ranked him as the game's No. 67 prospect.
  • Rafael Furcal will require Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Ronny Cedeno and Pete Kozma are the candidates to take over at shortstop if the Cardinals don't make an addition from outside the organization. Position players can return from Tommy John surgery, but he won't this year and at 35-years old, Furcal may call it a career.
  • Lance Berkman connected for his first home run of the spring Wednesday and has reported no problems with his knee that required surgery last season. It appears that Berkman will be ready for Opening Day.
  • Bryce Harper is expected to bat third for the Nationals this season. Manager Davey Johnson said the lineup he used Sunday, which had Harper in the third spot is the way he is leaning for the season. 
  • The Texas Rangers do not appear to be interested in signing Kyle Loshe. There was speculation earlier in the week when Martin Perez was injured, the Rangers would pursue Lohse.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1955 - Commissioner Ford Frick announced he favored the legalization of the spitter.