MLB notebook: Yankees' Teixeira out until May
Mark Teixeira will to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees.
New York general manager Brian Cashman gave the news Wednesday after the Yankees' were beaten, 8-2, by the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team on Wednesday.
“It's a tough loss,” Cashman said.
Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. WBC team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out eight to 10 days, but he was examined by Yankees doctors in New York on Wednesday and a prognosis of eight to 10 weeks was given.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will replace Teixeira on the United States team at the World Baseball Classic.
Cuba upsets Japan in WBC
Alfredo Despaigne hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping Cuba defeat two-time defending champion Japan, 6-3, to finish first in Group A of the World Baseball Classic.
Despaigne's home run off reliever Takeru Imamura at Fukuoka Dome put the game out of reach and allowed Cuba to set up a second-round showdown with Group B runner-up the Netherlands on Friday.
Halladay outduels Strasburg
Roy Halladay outpitched Stephen Strasburg in a marquee matchup that became a bit testy as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals, 6-3.
With one out and runners on the corners in the third inning, Washington's Strasburg hit Chase Utley in the lower left leg with a pitch. After getting two quick outs in the fourth, the Phillies' Halladay threw a pitch behind Tyler Moore.
Giambi likely to make Indians' roster
Is there any doubt that Jason Giambi will leave spring training in possession of an Indians roster spot?
Manager Terry Francona has announced no such thing, and the club has made no official announcement about Giambi's status. As of Wednesday, he was just a 42-year-old former All-Star who's laboring in camp on a minor-league contract.
But don't be fooled by such formalities. It is clear by Francona's words that he wants Giambi on the team, because the manager believes he can still hit and that he will light up the clubhouse with his charismatic aura.
Cardinals welcome back McGee
The St. Louis Cardinals hired former outfielder Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues. McGee, 54, added to the staff Wednesday, served as a special instructor at spring training last month. McGee was a career .295 hitter over 18 seasons.
Marlins' Polanco sits against Cards
Miami Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals.
Polanco last weekend sat out because of back spasms, but he expected to be ready by Wednesday. He felt fine hitting. The problem was throwing.