Spring Training can be an odd and difficult time for reporting on injuries. A lot of guys come into camp with injuries that have been closely monitored the entire off-season only to be a non-issue, while others have injuries that go unreported until week two or three.
As such, the following list is not exhaustive but a summing up of the most notable injuries of the last few days.
Injuries of Note
- Rays starter David Price ended his second Spring start an inning early on Thursday after suffering neck spasms while toweling off his head.
- Angels outfielder Mike Trout has yet to see any Spring Training action this year because of a virus that has caused him to lose 10 pounds. Manager Mike Scioscia believes Trout is still several days away from returning.
- Chris Carpenter was diagnosed with a bulging cervical disc in his neck on Saturday. Though not great news, the right-hander expressed relief that it was not a flare up of the nerve issues that have plagued him in the past.
- The Orioles' Nolan Reimold was hit in the face with an Alex Cobb fastball Friday afternoon. Thankfully, the CT scan on Reimold's jaw was negative, but he may struggle to eat cheeseburgers for the near future.
Brad HawpeConor Jackson took a flyball to the face Friday afternoon after losing the ball in the sun. The Rangers' prospective fourth outfielder needed five stitches over his left eye but showed no concussive symptoms.
Back in Play:
- Evan Longoria is expected back in the Tampa Bay lineup Sunday after nursing a bruised right hand the last week. Former #1 draft pick (and former shortstop) Matt Bush hit Longoria in the hand with a pitch during an intrasquad game on March 1st.
- Freddy Sanchez made his first appearance for the Giants since August 2011 on Friday, though it was largely overshadowed by Buster Posey's return. Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery last autumn to repair a labrum tear and had experienced back spasms early in camp.
- Jason Bartlett made his first spring start for the Padres Saturday afternoon, experiencing no pain in what was a sore right knee.
- Padres third baseman Chase Headley, who has been hampered by back soreness, is expected to make his spring debut Sunday.