MLB notebook: Yankees’ Tanaka sharp in spring debut
Masahiro Tanaka pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut, allowing two hits and striking out three as the Yankees blanked the Phillies, 4-0, on Saturday.
The Japanese star entered in the fifth inning, following CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. Some fans stood when Tanaka took the mound.
Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title.
Rangers’ Andrus sidelined
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is dealing with soreness in his right forearm and will be sidelined for at least a few days.
Assistant general manager Thad Levine said Andrus has flexor tendinitis in his throwing arm. The team believes the issue stemmed from being overworked early in camp and hope a few days off will allow him a chance to recover.
The team provided no exact timetable on when he might start throwing again.
Surgery for Twins’ prospect
Twins slugging prospect Miguel Sano will have Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm and miss the 2014 season.
The 20-year-old third baseman had been trying to rehabilitate a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was hurt in October while playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic.
Twins doctors, along with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, recommended rest for Sano in early November.
Despite making strides during a two-month throwing program, Sano reported pain in his elbow after making an off-balance throw during an intrasquad game Thursday.
An MRI exam revealed a partially torn ligament.
Brewers’ K-Rod at camp
Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reported to spring training after acquiring a work visa and leaving an unsettled situation in Venezuela.
Rodriguez had been trying to get out of Caracas since signing a one-year contract with the Brewers on Feb. 7.
Rodriguez’s girlfriend and his two children came with him. They left an area that has been affected by the deaths of anti-government protesters in his native country.
Mets’ Parnell back on mound
Mets closer Bobby Parnell threw batting practice Saturday, facing batters for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by a neck injury.
Parnell last pitched in a game July 30. He missed the final two months of the season and had surgery Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disc in his neck. The right-hander threw 36 pitches to David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Eric Young Jr.
Parnell said he was able to keep the ball down and didn’t feel discomfort in his neck or right arm.
2 Mariners pitchers ailing
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma and top prospect Taijuan Walker will be unable to open the season in the rotation because of injuries, MLB.com reported.
Iwakuma has a sprained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. Taijuan Walker has inflammation in his right shoulder.