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St. Louis Cardinals scrap timetable for the return of injured Troy Glaus
The St. Louis Cardinals are going to be without Troy Glaus for longer than they expected after the third baseman had a setback in his rehabilitation from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez feels fine - he just thinks he's running behind schedule this spring. Glaus originally was expected to miss only a few weeks of the regular season, but St. Louis said Wednesday that Glaus will be re-evaluated around June 1.
"It's just not responding as quickly as we'd hoped," Glaus said in Jupiter, Fla. "It obviously didn't go as smoothly or uneventfully as we had hoped."
David Freese is the top candidate to start at third with Glaus out. The 25-year-old rookie, acquired from the Padres for Jim Edmonds in 2007, hit .306 with 26 homers and 91 RBIs at Triple-A Memphis last season.
Delayed by a late contract and a subsequent hamstring injury, Ramirez lobbied for extended playing time in the Dodgers' four remaining exhibition games before their regular-season opener April 6 at San Diego.
"It's up to Joe (Torre), but I need the at-bats and I need to get in the outfield," Ramirez said in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I haven't played a lot because of my hamstring.
"Everybody is three weeks ahead of me and I'm trying to catch up, you know?"
Ramirez has played 10 games this spring, half in the field, and has 10 hits in 21 at-bats. He has one home run, six walks and five strikeouts.
In other news:
-Texas cleared the way for Andruw Jones to make its opening-day roster by releasing Frank Catalanotto. The move gives Jones the team's final roster spot as a fifth outfielder and right-handed hitting DH. The Rangers also gave the final spot in their rotation to Kris Benson, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006.
-Tampa Bay reliever Jason Isringhausen will begin the season on the disabled list, a move that will give him additional time to build arm strength following elbow surgery.
-Florida made two trades, acquiring first baseman Ross Gload and cash from Kansas City and pitcher Hayden Penn from the Baltimore Orioles. The Marlins gave up infielder Robert Andino in the Penn deal and will send a minor leaguer to the Royals.
Yankees 8 Phillies 5
At Tampa, Fla., CC Sabathia allowed two runs and six hits over 3 2-3 innings in his final tuneup for opening day with New York. He struck out five and walked one during a 70-pitch outing. Mark Teixeira had a two-run homer and an RBI single. Hideki Matsui also hit a two-run shot.
Red Sox 4 Pirates 3
At Bradenton, Fla., Paul Maholm gave up three runs in four innings for Pittsburgh. He has a 1.52 ERA in six spring training starts. Red Sox ace Josh Beckett also struggled, giving up three runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. He allowed a two-run homer to Nate McLouth.
Mets 5 Cardinals 2
At Jupiter, Fla., Johan Santana threw 36 pitches over three innings in an opening-day tuneup. Solo homers by St. Louis' Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan were the only hits he allowed.
Rays 2 Twins 1
At Port Charlotte, Fla., James Shields got ready for his opening-day start with Tampa Bay. He worked perfect innings in the third and fourth, rebounding from a shaky first two innings. The defending AL champions will play exhibitions in Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday, a World Series rematch, before opening the season Monday at Boston.
Braves 9 Tigers 3
At Lakeland, Fla., Tom Glavine passed his final spring test. The left-hander tossed five innings for Atlanta and will pitch in two minor league games before making his season debut April 18. Glavine gave up three runs and seven hits, including Curtis Granderson's two-run homer.
Blue Jays 7 Nationals 6
At Dunedin, Fla., Roy Halladay is all set to make his franchise-record seventh consecutive opening-day start for Toronto. He threw 62 pitches over six sharp innings, giving up two runs, one earned, and five hits. He struck out five and walked none.
Astros 7 Reds 2
At Kissimmee, Fla., Homer Bailey strengthened his case to make Cincinnati's opening-day roster with a good day on the mound and at the plate. Bailey pitched six crisp innings and had two hits. Roy Oswalt, who is 23-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his career against the Reds, wrapped up his spring by allowing a run and three hits in four innings.
Marlins 13 Orioles 2
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jeremy Guthrie got knocked around again, allowing eight runs and 10 hits over four innings against Florida. Jorge Cantu homered, doubled and had three RBIs.
Rangers 5 Angels 4
At Tempe, Ariz., Shane Loux was not impressed with his last audition for a spot in the banged-up Los Angeles Angels' rotation. Loux gave up three runs - two earned - in five innings. Josh Hamilton hit his seventh homer of the spring, off Loux, and Andruw Jones added his third.
Cubs 8 Athletics 8
At Phoenix, Geovany Soto hit a grand slam and a solo shot, and Carlos Zambrano pitched effectively into the fourth inning for Chicago.
Indians 14 Mariners 14
At Peoria, Ariz., Felix Hernandez, who will get the ball on opening day for Seattle, threw six innings in his final spring start. He allowed six runs, four earned, and nine hits. Cliff Lee also struggled for Cleveland, yielding seven runs and nine hits in five innings. The AL Cy Young Award winner will make his first opening-day start Monday at Texas.
Padres 6 White Sox 1
At Phoenix, Jake Peavy finished a nearly perfect spring training, throwing five more shutout innings for San Diego. He has not allowed a run in 14 Cactus League innings. Peavy will get his first start on opening day Monday, when he faces the Dodgers.
Brewers 8 Diamondbacks 7
At Phoenix, Dan Haren made his eighth start of the spring for Arizona, giving up two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out five. Corey Hart hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee, his seventh.
Royals 6 Rockies 5
At Surprise, Ariz., Colorado's Aaron Cook yielded three runs and seven hits over three innings in his final outing before his opening-day start against Arizona. Royals right-hander Gil Meche allowed one run and three hits in four innings, but walked four.
Giants 10 Dodgers 8
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Travis Ishikawa hit his seventh home run and San Francisco ended its stay in Arizona with a 19-17 record in the Cactus League. Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez missed his scheduled start after burning his left index finger in a cooking accident earlier in the week. He is expected to make his first regular-season start April 11 at San Diego.
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