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Red Sox LHP Sale to start season on IL

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday.

Sale, who reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule, will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers for extended spring training when the team breaks camp.

“With the sickness, it cost him two weeks’ time and that two weeks is what we’d like to give him to make sure that he’s right,” Roenicke said. “He’s worked hard on getting his arm right and we didn’t think four starts in spring training was fair to him."

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Braves' Freeman hopes to play next week

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago.

The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. Freeman arrived at spring training saying he felt better than he had in years, but the elbow ballooned Monday after he put in a particularly long day Sunday.

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Danley first black umpire crew chief

NEW YORK (AP) Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball when a series of promotions, additions and retirements were announced Thursday.

"I think it's a significant moment in the history of baseball," Danley told The Associated Press from Arizona, where he's working spring training games.

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Yankees' Severino has Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees right-hander Luis Severino had Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The team said in a statement that the surgery went as planned. Also, an existing bone chip in his right elbow was removed during the procedure.

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D-backs' Bumgarner solid in first outing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Madison Bumgarner showed the Arizona Diamondbacks he's more than a rodeo star.

The team's marquee free-agent acquisition of the offseason was solid in his first spring training outing on Thursday. He retired his first five batters, including four on strikeouts, before giving up a solo homer to Derek Dietrich. He allowed one run over two innings.

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A's Puk sharp in return from surgery

MESA, Ariz. (AP) A.J. Puk is looking and feeling strong after pitching three innings in his first two spring training starts for the Oakland Athletics.

Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Puk threw into the mid-90-mph range during a two-inning, 23-pitch scoreless outing against Colorado in a 5-2 win Thursday. The lanky left-handed allowed two hits and struck out leadoff man David Dahl on three fastballs.

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Gray pain free in 2nd season with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Sonny Gray had an All-Star season despite soreness in his throwing elbow. Surgery has left him pain-free heading into his second season with the Cincinnati Reds.

The right-hander pitched with bone chips all season but managed to make 31 starts. He had the bone chips removed after the season.

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Cubs' Wieck undergoes cardiac ablation

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs reliever Brad Wieck had surgery this week for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely.

The team said Thursday an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical. Subsequent tests showed an intermittent atrial flutter.

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Indians RHP Clase could miss 3 months

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase could be sidelined three months with a strained back muscle, another blow to Cleveland's pitching staff.

The hard-throwing Clase, the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas, experienced upper arm discomfort following a bullpen session last week. He continued to have issues this week and the Indians had him undergo imaging tests Wednesday.

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