MLB Notes: Braun remains out with neck spasms

MLB Notes: Braun remains out with neck spasms
April 7, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is out again because of spasms on the right side of his neck.

Braun says he is feeling "a little better" and is hoping to get back on the field as soon as possible. The injury-riddled Brewers had lost four in a row heading into Sunday's game against Arizona.

Braun took batting practice Friday, but was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Khris Davis. He missed Saturday's 9-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Logan Schafer got the start in left for the finale of Milwaukee's season-opening, six-game homestand.

The Brewers put third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sprained left knee, but they don't think Braun will need time on the DL to recover (see full story).

Bautista misses third game with sore ankle

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox, the third straight game he's missed with a sore right ankle.

The two-time major league home run leader twisted his ankle stepping on first base while beating out a double play in the eighth inning of Thursday's win over Cleveland. He stayed in the game to run the bases but was replaced in right field by Rajai Davis in the ninth.

Bautista has two home runs and four RBIs in three games. He ran on the field and took batting practice Sunday but said he was still not pain-free. Manager John Gibbons said Bautista would be available to pinch hit if necessary.

Davis made his third straight start in Bautista's place against the Red Sox (see full story).

Ortiz ready to play extended spring training games

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is set to play in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday and could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket as soon as Thursday.

Ortiz has been sidelined with heel inflammation this spring after missing much of the second half of last season with a right Achilles tendon injury.

Manager John Farrell said Ortiz ran the bases, hit in the cage and took batting practice at Boston's spring training facility on Saturday. Farrell said the tentative plan is for Ortiz to play in three extended spring games before joining Pawtucket.

Shortstop Stephen Drew, out with a concussion since being hit on the helmet by a pitch during a March 7 spring training game, will play Sunday and Monday at Double-A Portland before rejoining the Red Sox in time for Wednesday's game against Baltimore. Portland's game Saturday was postponed by cold weather and a frozen field. The Red Sox are off Tuesday (see full story).

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