More hip discomfort
Orioles righthander Justin Duchscherer was unable to throw a simulated game in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday because of discomfort in his left hip, putting his place in the starting rotation in doubt.
Duchscherer signed with the Orioles last month, but the hip injury has limited him to one appearance, two scoreless innings against Philadelphia last Tuesday.
Manager Buck Showalter had scheduled Duchscherer to pitch in a simulated game before Baltimore’s scheduled game against Detroit.
Showalter said Duchscherer would be examined by team doctors.
The 33-year-old righthander made just five starts due to a hip injury last season for Oakland after missing all of 2009 because of an elbow injury and clinical depression.
Sizemore improves Grady Sizemore walked off a back field at the Indians’ training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., sweating — and wearing a big smile. “I feel good,’’ the three-time AL All-Star said, after running the bases for the first time in 10 months. It was the biggest step on the outfielder’s road to recovery from microfracture surgery on his left knee. “I did everything, simulated game conditions,’’ Sizemore said. “Home to first, first to third, second to home, leading off, tagging up. It all went well. I didn’t feel slow. I haven’t lost a step.’’ . . . Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake is expected to be sidelined for a few days because of an injury to a muscle near the back of his rib cage.
Rivera on target Yankees closer Mariano Rivera struck out all three batters he faced during his first spring training appearance, New York’s 9-2 loss to a Twins spilt-squad at Tampa. Two of Rivera’s strikeouts were looking during a perfect sixth. He threw 9 of 12 pitches for strikes . . . Miguel Cabrera had three hits and two RBIs and rookie Adam Wilk pitched three scoreless innings to help the Tigers beat the Orioles, 9-1, in Sarasota . . . Joe Nathan had his first poor outing as he recovers from elbow surgery, giving up six runs while getting one out in the Twins’ split-squad 6-3 loss to the Phillies at Fort Myers, Fla. Nathan, who said his surgically repaired right elbow felt fine, had not given up a run or even a hit in four previous one-inning outings . . . Chipper Jones homered to lead the Braves to a 7-1 win over a split-squad of Astros at Kissimmee, Fla. Jones, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee, went 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .353 . . . It was a rough day for Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins. Nolasco looked shaky in his debut and the Marlins got more bad news after their 5-1 loss to the Nationals in Jupiter, Fla. Nolasco allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings and hit two batters. Florida’s projected No. 2 starter was slowed this spring by a jammed right thumb that he hurt during exercises in Miami before he reported to camp. Florida has lost six straight and announced that righthander Javier Vazquez will miss his scheduled start against the Twins today because of mild elbow soreness . . . Mitchell Page, who had a fantastic rookie season in 1977 with Oakland and played eight years in the majors before becoming a hitting coach for the Cardinals, died Saturday. The cause was not known. He was 59.