Baseball Notes: Liner hits Rockies pitcher Aquino in head

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, right, is greeted by third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a home run during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, right, is greeted by third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a home run during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Posted: March 01, 2014

Colorado Rockies pitcher Jayson Aquino was taken to a hospital for tests after being hit in the head by a line drive during an intrasquad game Thursday.

The lefthander didn't go down and was able to walk off the field after Rafael Ynoa's liner hit him just above the ear.

Asked whether Aquino may have suffered a concussion, manager Walt Weiss called it a "possibility."

Niese MRI: No problems

The New York Mets said an MRI on pitcher Jon Niese's ailing left shoulder did not show any major problems.

Projected to be the Mets' opening-day starter, Niese had been scratched from his opening exhibition start, against Houston next Tuesday, and replaced by Zack Wheeler.

Mets manager Terry Collins said the club would have Niese back on the mound, "as soon as we can."

Dodgers' Greinke hurt

Los Angeles Dodgers righthander Zack Greinke left his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks after throwing just four pitches because of a mild right calf strain. Greinke, Los Angeles' No. 2 starter, was making his first spring start after saying he had "zero interest" in making the trip for the Dodgers' two regular-season games in Sydney, Australia, March 22-23 against Arizona.

Also, outfielder Carl Crawford was scratched from games Thursday and Friday because of tightness in his right quadriceps.

Braun homers in return

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat for the Milwaukee Brewers since completing a season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's antidrug agreement.

In the first inning of Milwaukee's spring opener against Oakland, Braun hit an 0-1 pitch off Tommy Milone high over the wall near the left-field corner, 345 feet away. The 2011 NL MVP got a hearty round of cheers, the loudest coming from fans in the dozen rows or so behind the Brewers bench.

Just before the homer, one fan wearing an A's hat yelled "MVP-E-D."

Jeter returns

Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation before hitting into a double play in his first at-bat of the first spring training game of his final season.

Limited to 17 games last season because of leg injuries, Jeter was at shortstop in his first exhibition season appearance. He broke his left ankle in the 2012 AL Championship Series and did not appear at shortstop last spring training until March 13.

A's-Chisox make trade

The Oakland Athletics acquired infielder Jake Elmore from the Chicago White Sox for cash. Elmore has a .223 average in 82 major-league games, primarily with the Houston Astros. He's a career .291 hitter with 110 stolen bases in six minor-league seasons.

In a corresponding move, the A's designated infielder Andy Parrino for assignment. He appeared in 14 games with Oakland last year.

Dunn goes to Oscars

Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn will attend this year's Academy Awards. Dunn said he'll be attending the Oscars with the contingent from the Matthew McConaughey film Dallas Buyers Club. Dunn has a small role as a bartender in the movie, which is nominated for best picture. The player invested in the film as a friend of the producer, former minor-league baseball player Joe Newcomb.

Royals, 10 players agree

The Kansas City Royals agreed to terms with 10 players not yet eligible for arbitration on major-league contracts, including outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.

Kansas City also agreed Thursday to deals with lefthanders Francisley Bueno, Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph, and John Lamb; right-handers Yordano Ventura and Michael Mariot; and infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Christian Colon.

- Associated Press

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