Baseball Notes: Braun booed in Cactus League home opener

Posted: March 03, 2014

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun ignored loud boos in his home spring-training debut Saturday in Phoenix, producing a single and a walk as a Brewers split squad beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5.

Braun's first at-bat at Maryvale Baseball Park was met with an extended chorus of boos, especially from Dodgers fans filling the third-base side. Braun walked and scored on a single by Carlos Gomez.

In the third, Brewers fans on the first-base side tried to drown out the boos with cheers before Braun reached on an infield single.

The former NL MVP was suspended for the final 65 games of last season for his role in the Biogenesis drug scandal.

Ailing Mariners

Seattle pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker have suffered injury setbacks and probably will not be ready by opening day, manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Iwakuma had expected to start throwing Saturday, but instead must keep his injured right middle finger in a splint for three more weeks. Walker is being shut down for a week because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

Iwakuma, a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award last season, and Walker are not expected to be ready to play until early- to mid-April.

Prospect to miss season

Minnesota Twins slugging prospect Miguel Sano will have Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm and miss the 2014 season.

The 20-year-old third baseman had been trying to rehabilitate a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was hurt in October while playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic.

Twins doctors and orthopedic surgeon James Andrews recommended rest for Sano in November.

Despite making strides during a two-month throwing program, Sano reported pain in his elbow after making an off-balance throw in an intrasquad game Thursday.

An MRI exam revealed a partially torn ligament.

Rangers' Andrus out

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is dealing with soreness in his right forearm and will be sidelined for at least a few days. The 25-year-old has flexor tendinitis in his throwing arm, assistant general manager Thad Levine said Saturday. The team believes the issue stemmed from Andrus' being overworked early in camp and hopes a few days off will allow him to recover.

K-Rod makes it out

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reported to spring training after acquiring a work visa and leaving politically torn Venezuela. He had been trying to get out of Caracas since signing a one-year contract with the Brewers on Feb. 7.

Rodriguez's girlfriend and his two children came with him. They left an area that has been affected by the deaths of anti-government protesters.

Parnell making strides

New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell threw batting practice Saturday, facing batters for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by a neck injury. Parnell missed the final two months of last season and had surgery Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

In the Fenway fold

Johnny Football became Johnny Baseball, at least for a weekend.

Johnny Manziel sported a Red Sox jersey at Boston's spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday. The previous night, he showed up at the team's annual casino charity event.

Manziel has hired LRMR marketing, which has a marketing deal with Fenway Sports Management.

- Associated Press

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