Archive for Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Cubs’ Wood, Prior placed on DL

Grissom reveals retirement after 17-year big-league career

March 29, 2006


Mark Prior and Kerry Wood went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday along with the hopes of many Chicago Cubs fans.

Neither move came as a surprise, as both have been rehabbing from injuries.

"We knew neither one of them would be ready for opening day," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "Mark has been throwing again and has had no discomfort. Woody has been very, very good."

Prior, who has not pitched in a spring training game, has a strained muscle in the right shoulder. Wood had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this month to repair a minor cartilage tear. He began throwing shortly after that. He threw 60 pitches from a bullpen mound earlier this week.

Also at Cubs' camp in Mesa, Ariz., Marquis Grissom announced his retirement after a 17-year major-league career.

The 38-year-old outfielder signed a minor-league contract in January and had hoped to make the team as a backup. But he batted just .200 in 17 spring games.

"It's been a pretty fun ride along the way," Grissom said. "I came into spring training to this organization to really see if I could go out and play baseball again for another year. And I got that opportunity from the Cubs. It didn't work out. Over a period of the last two, three weeks, I've been going in and out, strength-wise, body-wise emotionally, whether I wanted to do it, could I do it."

Dodgers 4, Tigers 2

At Vero Beach, Fla., Rafael Furcal had back spasms while running the bases during the first inning. The spasms began while he was returning to first on a pickoff attempt by pitcher Jason Grilli.

Twins 8, Blue Jays 6

At Dunedin, Fla., Toronto starter Scott Downs left when his right knee felt irritated while he warmed up for the third inning.

"It was the tendon area under his knee," manager John Gibbons said. "Hopefully it's not serious."

Scott Baker pitched six solid innings in his effort to become Minnesota's fifth starter. Baker allowed three runs, four hits and one walk.

Rockies 6, Giants 6

At Tucson, Ariz., Colorado pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim strained his right hamstring running the bases.

Kim, who pitched four games for South Korea in the World Baseball Classic, pitched two innings Tuesday, then batted in the seventh and walked.

Marlins 12, Mets 7

At Jupiter, Fla., Chris Aguila went 3-for-3 to raise his batting average to .327, Reggie Abercrombie went 1-for-2 with two RBIs (.386), and Eric Reed went 3-for-5 with two RBIs (.327) for the Marlins. One of them is expected to play center field, and one could end up starting in left field.

Right-hander Brian Bannister won a spot in the Mets' rotation when Aaron Heilman was put in the bullpen. Heilman allowed one run in two innings against the Marlins.

Braves 5, Astros 4

At Kissimmee, Fla., Marcus Giles doubled twice and walked before calling it a day after just 31â2 innings, and Brian Jordan had a two-run double for Atlanta.

Pirates 7, Devil Rays 5

At Bradenton, Fla., Pittsburgh left-hander Paul Maholm cruised through five innings, allowing one hit and one walk, before a brief streak of wildness led to a four-run sixth.

Phillies 3, Yankees 0

Tampa, Fla. - New York pitcher Carl Pavano gave up one run and one hit over one inning in his first game action since August.

Orioles 3, Cardinals 2

At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jeff Suppan allowed one run and five hits in five innings.

Athletics 8, Rangers 3

At Phoenix, Frank Thomas drove in two runs on sacrifice flies for Oakland.

Cubs 4, Mariners 3

At Peoria, Ariz., Chicago's Michael Barrett hit a home run off Stephen Kahn leading off the ninth inning.

Nationals 8, Indians 3

Viera, Fla. - C.C. Sabathia shrugged off the three long homers he gave up in Cleveland's loss to Washington, pronouncing himself on track to start opening day.

Reds 10, Red Sox 5

Sarasota, Fla. - David Ross, trying to make Cincinnati as a reserve catcher, hit a solo homer and a run-scoring single.

Padres 7, Angels 6

At Tempe, Ariz., Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up three runs in the ninth inning and took the loss.

Diamondbacks 3, White Sox 1

At Tucson, Claudio Vargas allowed one run and two hits in six innings.


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