Daisuke Matsuzaka will not make the Cleveland Indians’ opening-day roster but plans to remain with Cleveland.
Trying to make a comeback after pitching in just 11 games last season with Boston following elbow reconstruction surgery, Matsuzaka may accept an offer to stay in the Indians’ minor league camp. The 32-year-old Japanese right-hander was trying to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona met with Dice-K and reliever Matt Capps on Monday in Goodyear, Ariz., and told both they will not break camp with the club.
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Padres • Third baseman Chase Headley will miss at least the first two weeks of the season after breaking the tip of his left thumb Sunday while sliding into second base trying to break up a double play during a spring training game.
Dodgers • It appears Zack Greinke’s first regular-season start for Los Angeles will be pushed back by at least a few days and possibly longer due to his sore elbow. The Dodgers said the former Cy Young Award winner felt strong Monday, a day after his first bullpen session since receiving an injection in his pitching elbow. After signing a $147 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers as a free agent, Greinke has appeared in just two spring-training games for a total of five innings.
Red Sox • David Ortiz canceled a batting practice session because heel pain that has sidelined the Boston designated hitter for nine days is still too great for him to play. MRIs last week revealed inflammation in both heels. The eight-time All-Star is making his way back from a strained right Achilles tendon that limited him to 90 games last season.
Rangers • Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled spring training start Monday night for Texas against Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz., because of stiffness in his neck.
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