MLB In Full Bloom 3/8/13

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25– Number of days until Opening Day  

 MLB News & Notes

  • Carl Crawford (elbow) took 50 swings off a tee on Thursday morning. Crawford was shut down last week due to forearm tightness related to his Tommy John surgery, so he is slowly getting back into it.
  • Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the Orioles continue to scout Aaron Harang, Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano from the Dodgers.
  • C.J. Wilson allowed six hits but only one run in three innings during Thursday's win over the Padres. The Angels are pleased with Wilson's performance this spring, but all they really care about is that he is healthy for Opening Day.
  • Brett Lawrie (rib cage) has officially withdrawn from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Lawrie suffered a left rib cage injury during an exhibition game on Wednesday night and will be out for the next 2-3 weeks.
  • The Chicago White Sox and Chris Sale agreed to a five-year contract extension. Many have criticized that Sale's delivery could lead to significant injury, but this contract shows the White Sox are not all that concerned. The contract may also be a signal that Sale will start Opening Day for the Sox.
  • Mark Teixeira is going to resist rushing back to the Yankees lineup and causing more damage to his wrist injury. Teixeira was diagnosed with a strained right wrist and will miss 8-10 weeks.
  • Derek Jeter (ankle) hasn't yet run the bases at full speed, and is not likely to make his spring debut this weekend.
  • Cody Ross (calf) is hopeful that he can begin full weight-bearing activities, including running, by March 18 or 19.
  • Aubrey Huff said that he's "pretty much retired." Huff, 36, was hoping to get an invitation to spring training from a team, but he's now content staying at home with his family.
  • Corey Hart will have a follow-up MRI on his surgically-repaired right knee on Friday. Hart is still about 3-4 weeks away from baseball activities.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1946 - The first spring training game ever to be played in Arizona took place at Tucson’s Hi Corbett Field. The Indians, behind the pitching of Bob Lemon, beat the Giants, 3-1, in the inaugural Cactus League contest.