David Wright wants to make it clear that playing in the World Baseball Classic had nothing to do with the rib injury that could cause him to miss opening day for the Mets.
“You can get hurt in spring training. You can get hurt before spring training,” Wright said Sunday. “Playing baseball, there are some risks that come along with that, whether it’s in Port St. Lucie, Arizona or Miami. There’s risk,” Wright said. “The torquing, twisting and turning — I mean, it’s just part of the game and it happens. It’s not because of the tournament.”
New York Manager Terry Collins has expressed concern that Wright will not be ready for opening day on April 1.
●YANKEES: Mark Teixeira said he has a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist and didn’t rule out missing up to two months of the regular season.
The first baseman rejoined New York at spring training Sunday after getting hurt March 5 while with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic.
● DODGERS: Zack Greinke has thrown off a mound for the first time since the right-hander was shut down March 11 with inflammation in his pitching elbow.
Greinke threw 38 pitches Sunday and said he felt good. The session was his first since the elbow was injected in Los Angeles with plasma rich in platelets.
●GIANTS: Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was scratched from the lineup against the Rockies because of right elbow discomfort.
Sandoval had three at-bats Saturday. Joaquin Arias replaced Sandoval at third base.
● PHILLIES: Roy Halladay left Sunday’s start after one inning because of a stomach virus.
Halladay allowed one hit and a walk against the Orioles before leaving the dugout before the start of the second inning. He was sweating profusely when he was pitching and at one point bent over behind the mound.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was roughed up in his last start and said he felt “lethargic” afterward. He insisted he had no injury. Halladay missed almost two months last year with a shoulder problem.
● OBITUARY: She inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured Eddie Waitkus, a player she’d never met, into a Chicago hotel room with a cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing the Phillies’ first baseman.
After the headlines faded and two years’ confinement at an institution, Ruth Ann Steinhagen disappeared into obscurity, living a quiet life unnoticed in Chicago until now, more than a half century later, when news broke that she had died three months earlier.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that Steinhagen passed away of natural causes on Dec. 29, at the age of 83. First reported by the Chicago Tribune last week, her identity was a surprise even to the morgue employees who knew about the 1984 movie “The Natural,” in which she was portrayed by actress Barbara Hershey.
●WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Team Netherlands will play in a Monday night semifinal against the Dominican Republic, and two-time defending champion Japan faced Puerto Rico on Sunday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
“It will be a very special thing for the Netherlands,” Manager Hensley Meulens said. “It’s a soccer-based country, and for the first time I think the biggest TV stations have come out to cover us in the middle of soccer season in the Netherlands.”