MLB notebook: Injured Yankees making progress
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said he could be ready to take on-field batting practice for the first time Friday since hurting his right wrist two months ago.
Also, Alex Rodriguez worked out for the second consecutive day at New York's complex in Tampa, Fla. Teixeira took batting practice indoors, ran and fielded grounders.
Pitcher Ivan Nova, out since late April because of tightness in his right triceps, expects to pitch two innings Wednesday in his first extended spring training game. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who broke his right hand 11 days ago, said the cast will be removed in three weeks.
Ejection won't cost Nationals' Harper
On a day when rain postponed the start of a much-anticipated series against the Tigers, the Nationals got some good news.
Manager Davey Johnson said left fielder Bryce Harper would not be suspended or fined by Major League Baseball for being ejected in Sunday's 6-2 over the Pirates. Harper was ejected by third base umpire John Hirschbeck for disputing a checked-swing third strike.
“That's great. I'm glad I don't have to pay the $1,000. That's another $1,000 in my pocket, so that's good,” Harper said.
BoSox's Hanrahan returns to DL
The Red Sox placed former Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan on the disabled list for the second time this season. Right-hander Allen Webster replaces him on the roster after being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Hanrahan went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right forearm. He left Monday night's 11-inning, 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins in the ninth with forearm tightness.
Helton sentenced for February arrest
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired.
Helton entered his plea and apologized Tuesday in a courtroom in Brighton outside of Denver.
He had been charged with driving under the influence and careless driving after his Feb. 6 arrest, but prosecutors dropped those charges under a plea deal with the five-time All Star.
Helton is a career .320 hitter and a three-time winner of the Gold Glove.
Cards' Motte's season over after surgery
Cardinals closer Jason Motte had season-ending Tommy John surgery Tuesday. Motte tweeted the ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow “went well.” Motte saved 42 games in 2012 with a 2.75 ERA. The Cardinals announced they activated first baseman Matt Adams (right oblique) from the disabled list.
A's Reddick sits with sore wrist
Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is expected to be sidelined for a few days with a sore right wrist.