Chipper Jones sprains ankle
Rangers' Cruz hit in head by pitch
Rockies release catcher Lopez
Maddux misses start with strain
Gagne pain-free on mound
â€¢ PHOENIX - Eric Gagne finally felt again like he did during his dominating run as the Los Angeles Dodgers' closer. He pitched in a game without any pain.
Gagne faced hitters for the first time this year, throwing 11 pitches in a B-game Monday for the Texas Rangers. The most important result for the 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner was how he felt.
"It's just good to be out there, be free and not have to worry about anything but making your pitches. It's been awhile since I felt that way," Gagne said. "It's the best I've felt in two years."
The right-hander has had three operations (two elbow, one back) since his 2002-04 stretch with the Dodgers, when he converted a record 84 straight save chances. He was limited to 15 1-3 innings the last two seasons.
â€¢ JUPITER, Fla. - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sprained his left ankle on his first at-bat Monday and was removed from the game St. Louis.
The team said Jones, who has been plagued by foot problems in recent seasons, was day to day.
He is batting .222 (4-for-18) this spring with one double and two RBIs
â€¢ PHOENIX - Nelson Cruz was hit in the head by a pitch and taken to a hospital on Monday during the Texas Rangers' 11-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
He was released about an hour after the game following a CAT scan and X-rays revealed he had no concussion and no fracture, team spokesman Gregg Elkin said. Cruz did have a headache.
Cruz was batting with the bases loaded in the sixth inning when he was hit on the helmet near an ear by a Yovani Gallardo fastball.
â€¢ TUCSON, Ariz. - Catcher Javy Lopez, who had been competing to make Colorado's opening-day roster, was released Monday by the Rockies.
Lopez, MVP of the 1996 NL championship series with Atlanta, had agreed in January to a $750,000, one-year contract that wasn't guaranteed. He will receive 30 days' termination pay.
â€¢ TUCSON, Ariz. - Greg Maddux was scratched from a scheduled start Monday for the San Diego Padres against the Chicago White Sox because of a a mild lower abdominal strain.
Maddux, who turns 41 next month, felt a slight strain since his last start, on March 8 against the Chicago Cubs, and was pulled for precautionary reasons.
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