Mariners' Lee might not be ready to start season
PEORIA, Ariz. — Cliff Lee's bumpy new ride with Seattle continues.
The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner said yesterday he still feels some pain in his strained abdomen following his first on-field test of the injury and he has no idea when he will be able to get on a mound again.
That makes it possible Lee won't be ready when the season starts April 5 at Oakland.
Lee and manager Don Wakamatsu both said Lee's brief, light morning throwing session on flat ground went well, and Lee said the muscle feels much better. But he added, "I still feel it."
The Mariners' prized acquisition in a winter trade with Philadelphia said he is scheduled to throw again on flat ground tomorrow and every other day for now.
Wakamatsu acknowledged that given the team will be in camp for only nine more days, "it'd be tough" for Lee to be ready when the season begins.
The 2008 All-Star was examined by the team's physician in Seattle on Friday.
Lee had an ultrasound and was given a platelet-rich plasma injection. The Mariners said then that he would be re-evaluated again this Friday. Lee doesn't know if he needs to go back to Seattle for that.
He said the muscle improved markedly from Sunday to Monday. This is his third abdominal strain in seven years.
REYES HAS THYROID PROBLEM IN CHECK
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been cleared to resume baseball activities after doctors determined his thyroid levels have returned to normal.
Reyes was diagnosed in early March with a hyperactive thyroid, and doctors prescribed rest and a change in diet. He was told to refrain from physical activity and was monitored and tested weekly in New York.
After missing most of last season with a hamstring injury, Reyes was pulled from stretching before what would have been his spring training debut March 5 when team doctors decided the abnormal results from his physical warranted further testing. He is expected to return to Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla., today.
"It's a good sign for us today, and hopefully it will be a good sign for the rest of the year," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said yesterday. "Today is a good day."
PEDROIA DAY-TO-DAY AFTER INJURING WRIST
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left last night's game against the Minnesota Twins at Fort Myers, Fla., with a strained left wrist.
Pedroia, who is listed as day-to-day, hurt the wrist while diving for a ball hit by Twins leadoff hitter Denard Span in the first inning. Pedroia made a throwing error on the same play. Angel Sanchez replaced Pedroia in the second inning.
"When he went after that ball, it was the back of his wrist," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
"He had limited swelling. We're going to get him X-rayed in the morning, just because we should. Their doctor came over. I don't think there's a problem. He might be a little sore tomorrow. Hopefully, that's all it is." Francona added.
OUTSIDE THE LINES
CANSECO GETS CALLED IN CLEMENS PROBE
Jose Canseco announced yesterday on Twitter that he had been subpoenaed by a grand jury investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Canseco posted on the social networking site that the FBI was about to visit his house, then said he had received a subpoena to appear before the grand jury "about roger clemens,andrew pettite and others" on April 8.
Pettitte has acknowledged taking human growth hormone and told congressional investigators that Clemens informed him a decade ago that he used HGH.
"It's like the godfather," Canseco said in a later post, "when I thought I was out they drag me back in. And now it begins again."