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DUNEDIN, Fla. - Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House has been released from the hospital, a day after he was hit in the head by a line drive during a spring training game.

House arrived at the ballpark from the hospital during Saturday's game between the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.

''Obviously, it was definitely a rough day yesterday,'' House said. ''Whirlwind experience. And I'm doing a lot better than I thought I would be doing today.''

House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday. He was struck in the ninth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers and taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Test results were normal and he was held overnight for observation.

''No fractures of the skull or anything, which is great, especially for the force it took,'' House said.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said ''there was blood on his face, blood in the glove - everything.'' He described it as among the most frightening things he has seen in a baseball game.

House was hit on the back of the head by a ball off the bat of John Hicks. The ball ricocheted about 30 feet into the air before being caught by catcher Mike Ohlman.

House fell to his stomach and was face down on the mound for nearly 20 minutes while being tended to by trainers. House was put onto a stretcher and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd as he was placed into an ambulance.

''I was just asking them when (the ambulance) was going to be here,'' House said. ''Could I please just get off the field. I just want to get out of here. That was the worst part, and not knowing what was going to happen to me. There are so many thoughts going though your mind. You just want to be okay and get out of there and be healthy.''

House will not do any activities for a few days.

''Then we're going to go from there,'' House said. ''They have some tests I need to do. Concussion protocol tests, make sure everything's normal. And that's going to be progress day by day. We're going to go as far as my body can take it.

House's mother was listening to game in Mississippi.

''She was like, `I almost had a heart attack,'' House said. ''I was on the field and I was making sure. `Please, can you text her or call her right now.' While I was laying there I heard them talking to her. They were like, `He's awake right now, nothing too serious. We're going to go to the hospital and we'll keep you updated.''

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Dalton Pompey, the Toronto Blue Jays outfielder currently serving as Team Canada's leadoff man, will go through Major League Baseball's concussion protocol after exiting Saturday's 4-1 loss to Colombia at the World Baseball Classic with mild dizziness - the result of a wonky headfirst slide into second base.

Pompey leaves game after rough-looking slide into second base #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/w8kctlYXT2

— ⚠️Guy On The Couch⚠️ (@6SportsGod1) March 11, 2017
Pompey, who suffered a concussion last year while playing for Triple-A Buffalo, was visited by a team trainer and appeared to be bleeding after slamming his face into the dirt as he stole second in the bottom of the sixth at Marlins Park, but stayed in the game to finish the inning.

He was replaced in center field by Rene Tosoni at the start of the seventh with Canada down two runs.

"At the end of the inning he came in, was feeling a little dizziness, so protocol, we took him out of the game," Team Canada manager Ernie Whitt told Sportsnet's Shi Davidi. "Everything on the field was done right. (Trainer) Mike (Frostad) did a nice job out there … and Pompey said he was fine and so, we go from there.”

Pompey will be re-examined Sunday, Whitt said, though it appears unlikely the 24-year-old plays in Sunday's Pool C finale against the United States.

"If he has symptoms or no symptoms, he still has to go through the process of the concussion protocol that you have to have," Whitt said. "So we’re taking precautions, all precautions that are necessary. But just what it is right now is deemed to be a possible mild concussion."

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The Minnesota Twins will enter the regular season without right-hander Trevor May, who has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced.

May suffered the injury pitching against Team USA on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old underwent an MRI on Friday, and said it appeared conclusive the injury was serious, but he'll get a second opinion before deciding how to proceed.

He said he's open to modified Tommy John surgery or PRP injections, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, but if they don't work out, he would undergo Tommy John surgery, which normally has more than a year of recovery time.

Sometimes you work and work, and life roudhouse kicks you in the face anyways.

Good thing my jaw is made of titanium.

— IamTrevorMay (@trevmay65) March 11, 2017
May, who pitched exclusively out of the bullpen last season, has made two spring starts for the Twins, posting a 2.25 ERA during four innings of work.

Over the course of his three-year career, all with the Twins, he owns a 13-17 record with a 5.14 ERA during 102 appearances - 25 of which have been starts.

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Salvador Perez, the Kansas City Royals star representing Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic, had to be helped off the field Saturday against Team Italy after sustaining an apparent knee injury in a home-plate collision with Drew Butera - his backup catcher in Kansas City - in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Perez's left knee appeared to buckle as Butera - representing the winning run - tried to score all the way from first on Gavin Cecchini's two-out single that plated Drew Maggi and tied the game 10-10. The following inning, Perez was lifted for Robinson Chirinos, who was behind the plate for the final three outs of Venezuela's wild 11-10 victory at Estadio Charros de Jalisco.

Drew Butera taking out Salvador Perez. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/um1nn5dLO9

— Jeremy Scheuch (@jeremyscheuch) March 12, 2017
After the game, Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel told reporters that Perez is having X-rays on his injured knee, adding that the four-time All-Star said he couldn't walk when the two spoke on the field following the play.

@drewbutera RIP your mentions

— dan haren (@ithrow88) March 12, 2017

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BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder Jung Ho Kang on the restricted list while he's delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest.

Pirates president Frank Coonelly made the announcement on Saturday.

''It just is a reflection of the reality that he's not here today on March 11, and we need to get him into Bradenton to prepare for the 2017 season,'' Coonelly said.

"A member of the restricted list doesn't count against (the 25- or 40-man rosters) so it provides us some flexibility at this point.''

Kang received an eight-month suspended prison sentence last week after a DUI arrest in December, his third such arrest in South Korea. The sentence was suspended for two years.

''This is not a disciplinary matter,'' Coonelly said of the restricted-list transaction for Kang. ''And if he is not here and not available to play on a restricted list, he wouldn't be paid - but it's not a disciplinary matter.''

Coonelly said the Pirates ''still (have come to) no conclusions'' on if they plan on levying any punishment on Kang. In a statement released after Kang was sentenced March 3, Coonelly said the team would ''withhold judgment'' until they were able to meet with Kang in person.

''(We) still want to sit down and talk with Jung Ho face-to-face before making any determinations on discipline,'' Coonelly said.

Coonelly did not provide a timetable for when he expects or hopes the visa issues can be resolved.

''(The restricted-list move) is neither a statement of pessimism or optimism that Jung Ho will get back in time to report to Bradenton and prepare to be ready to go for Opening Day of the 2017 season,'' Coonelly said. ''It says nothing on that topic.''

Kang, who turns 30 three days after opening day on April 6, hit 36 home runs in 229 games over his first two major league seasons. He signed a four-year, $11-million contract in January 2015 after the Pirates secured his rights from a South Korean league team, for whom he was a star player.

David Freese is Pittsburgh's third baseman in Kang's absence.

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Just over three months into his stint as a member of the Washington Nationals, it appears Derek Norris is no longer part of the team's plans.

Washington has placed the 28-year-old catcher on waivers, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. If no team claims Norris, the Nationals could then release him and would be responsible for just $700,000 as arbitration salaries are not fully guaranteed.

The Nationals, who traded for Norris and then agreed to a one-year, $4.2-million deal to avoid arbitration, can release that player and pay him only one-sixth of his contracts if they do so before March 15, Heyman reports.

After the team agreed to a surprising one-year, $10.5-million deal with catcher Matt Wieters, it became clear that Norris would struggle for playing time with four catchers, with Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino also in the mix.

Despite performing below average last season, Norris is a capable catcher that should generate interest if he were to hit the open market. Since 2014, he's contributed 5.8 WAR while hitting .236/.306/.379.

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March has been hectic for Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price after concerns surrounding his pitching elbow arose at the beginning of the month.
Although things now appear to be on the right track, with Price feeling better than he anticipated, the situation may have been different if the 31-year-old was younger.
"They said if I was 22 or 23 they'd have told me to go have surgery," Price told reporters, including Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald. ... "I've gone through this. This is something I feel like happens every spring training. It's those first four to five weeks of spring training that I feel like I go through this every single year, and this year was just a little bit worse. You know, my arm got a little bit more stiff, and that's why we took the precautionary actions that we took. That was the right thing to do."
The Red Sox were concerned about Price's elbow after an MRI on March 2 forced the 17-game winner to visit Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Manager John Farrell announced Price would avoid surgery after his visit with the doctors, but that he'd be shut down for 7-10 days. Price has since been cleared to begin throwing exercises.
The hard-throwing southpaw tested out his elbow for the first time Saturday, throwing 25 balls into a net in the batting cages, and walked away feeling encouraged, although he's still unsure of a diagnosis for what's going on with his elbow.
"I don’t know what it is," Price said. "I couldn’t diagnose it. I honestly could not give you a 100 percent answer on what they say. They used medical terms. I don’t even know half of the names of the stuff in my arm. I don’t know it. Like I said, when they said no surgery, no injection, just give it some rest, I literally shut my brain off."
In his first season in Boston, Price posted a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA across 35 starts, which included 230 innings.

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The spring training edition of Tebow Time isn't over after all.
Just a few days after New York Mets manager Terry Collins said it was unlikelyTim Tebow would play any more Grapefruit League games, the former Heisman winner-turned-minor leaguer was surprisingly brought back to big-league camp. Tebow will start in left field and bat eighth Monday when the Mets host the Miami Marlins, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Tebow was spotted in the Mets' dugout wearing his familiar No. 15, a departure from the No. 97 he wore in his previous appearances that was more befitting of his minor-league status.
He's back ... pic.twitter.com/nr1VeIHofw
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) March 13, 2017
Tebow's first spring training in his much publicized attempt to become a baseball player following the end of his brief NFL career has probably not gone as he'd envisioned. The 29-year-old went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in a pair of spring games last week, and was widely ridiculed after mistakenly warming up in the wrong on-deck circle. He also exchanged words with an umpire following a called strikeout in his first game.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Bronson Arroyo is the center of attention again - just like old times.

The 40-year-old right-hander is a performer on the mound and has performed on stage with a guitar in his hands. After 2 1/2 years out of the bright lights of Major League baseball, Arroyo just wanted to pitch pain-free.

Sal Romano, who followed Arroyo to the mound, wasn't even 2 years old when Arroyo was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with third pick in the 1995 draft.

''There was a little excitement in the dugout today for a spring training game,'' Reds pitching coach Mack Jenkins said. ''Guys were excited to have him out there. He kind of looked like his old self today. He's happy pitching pain-free, different arm angles, speeds, unique breaking balls. It was fun to watch.''

Arroyo, in spite of a slight build in which 190 pounds are spread over a 6-foot-4 frame, was an iron man, a durable performer who pitched at least 200 innings in eight of nine seasons between 2006 and 2013 - his last year with the Reds.

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Arroyo away from Cincinnati for the 2014 season, while the Reds were trying to get younger and more frugal financially. Arroyo, who was never on the disabled list in his eight years in Cincinnati, made 14 starts and was 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA when he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm. Elbow and shoulder surgeries made Arroyo's brief stay with the Diamondbacks largely unproductive.

The 16-year veteran did not pitch at all in 2015 and was traded twice. Arroyo signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. He spent the entire season on the disabled list of Triple-A Syracuse, making two short rehab appearances.

Arroyo signed with Reds on Feb. 3 with a chance to earn a spot on the roster with several different roles in mind - from starter to long relief to middle relief.

''His stuff plays well in any role,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''He just has to show us he's healthy.''

Homer Bailey had bone chips removed from his elbow five days later, leaving a hole in the Reds' starting rotation.

Arroyo's birthday was Feb. 24, but he missed several days with the flu. He came back on Tuesday to throw in a simulated game and reported no pain. He got the ball Sunday against the Brewers.

Early Sunday morning, the Reds announced that Anthony DeSclafani would likely start the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow, giving the Reds three spots to fill in the starting rotation.

Arroyo's chances to win one of them improved as he pitched two innings against the Brewers with a possibility that he could join Scott Feldman and Brandon Finnegan in the starting rotation. The Reds have several pitchers in camp that have fewer than two years of big league experience.

Arroyo faced seven batters. He gave up a single to Scooter Gennett to start the game, then retired the next six in order, two by strikeout.

''I had no stress on the elbow or the shoulder,'' Arroyo said. ''I got sore in places I wanted to get sore in. I got to attack some hitters. It was fun. Today was as good as I could hope for all the way around.''

Arroyo believes he can help best as a starter.

''I haven't been in the bullpen for so long,'' he said. ''I think I bring a lot more to the table as a starter. It's hard to go out there and have some tricks up your sleeve. It's hard to do that when it's a sprint for one inning. You've got to be out there for six or seven innings and play this chess match with the hitters, but you also have to be one of the best five guys in the rotation to do that.''

The end of his playing days is near and Arroyo knows it.

''If I feel healthy and I'm throwing the ball over the plate, but can't make this ballclub, I'm not going to pitch anywhere, anymore,'' Arroyo said. ''If I can continue to get my reps in between and get three innings, four innings, five and feel like I did today, I can really help this ballclub.''

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond will undergo surgery Wednesday.

Dr. Donald Sheridan is to operate in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Rockies have not announced a timetable for Desmond's return.

Desmond broke the second metacarpal bone when he was hit by a fastball from Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis in Sunday's spring training game.

The Rockies signed Desmond to a $70 million, five-year contract to add another potent bat. He is making the transition to first base after entering the major leagues as a shortstop and playing in the outfield last year with Texas.

Jordan Patterson, Gerardo Parra, Stephen Cardullo and Mark Reynolds figure to get more work at first base. Reynolds played the position for the Rockies last season before breaking his left hand/wrist for a second time in mid-September.

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The Cincinnati Reds will be without their top starter to begin the season, as Anthony DeSclafani has been shut down by the club for the next four weeks after being diagnosed with a UCL sprain, according to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Nobody was happier to hear talks of a potential rebuild shut down than Justin Verlander.

The Detroit Tigers ace had to grow used to his name appearing in trade rumors this offseason as the Tigers appeared to be ready to face a serious salary crunch to avoid a looming luxury tax bill.

In the end, though, Tigers general manager Al Avila retained a majority of his team's highest-earning stars, including Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and, of course, Verlander, which was music to the ears of the runner-up to the AL Cy Young award last season.

"I don't want to be part of a team that's dismantled and you don't have a chance to win," Verlander told MLB.com's Phil Rogers. "I don't think that's fun for anybody involved. I don't think anybody in baseball wants to dismantle a good team. … (For us), when we came to spring, it's business at usual. Go back at it and try to win championships."

Verlander also expressed his relief in staying with the Tigers in January, when he admitted he was now too old to go through a rebuild entering his mid-30s.

"It would have been upsetting for me if we started trading away everybody," he said then. "I'm too old to be part of a rebuild, but they kept saying wholeheartedly we're not doing a rebuild, we're trying to make smart baseball decisions, and if we can't make those decisions then we're not going to blow up the team for the sake of salary."

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Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price's pitching elbow has been improving over the past week, but it appears he won't be ready for Opening Day.

Manager John Farrell told reporters Monday that it's likely Price will open the season on the disabled list.

"It'd be hard to see him go at the start of the season," Farrell said, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

The hard-throwing Price tested out his elbow for the first time March 4, throwing 25 balls into a net in the batting cages, and walked away feeling encouraged. He then successfully threw from flat ground on both Monday and Tuesday with similar intensity to his session with the net, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

He has been out of action since undergoing an MRI on his elbow March 2, where the Red Sox saw something of concern. The southpaw immediately traveled to the NFL combine in Indianapolis to visit specialists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, whose diagnosis didn't require surgery.

Price, the 2012 Cy Young winner, posted a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA across 35 starts in 2016, which included 230 innings during his first season with the Red Sox last year.

He signed a seven-year, $217-million contract with the club in December of 2015.

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Sacre bleu.

Eric Gagne, the former Cy Young award winner trying to make his way back to big leagues nearly nine years after throwing his last pitch in an MLB game, piqued the interest of multiple teams with Saturday's performance at the World Baseball Classic, according to Chris Cotillo of SBNation.

Sitting 92-94 with his fastball while mixing in an impressive changeup and decent curveball, the Quebec native threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings against Colombia at Marlins Park, notching a pair of strikeouts while allowing one hit and one walk in Canada's eventual 4-1 loss.

"To be on the mound pitching against MLB guys with all the adrenaline running ... that's really hard to re-create but it was great," Gagne said.

Unable to let pitching go, he said, even after shoulder and back injuries seemingly ended his career at 32, Gagne was encouraged about his comeback prospects following a scoreless outing with the Trois Rivieres Aigles of the Can-Am League last summer, and the three-time All-Star, now 41, said he's willing to pitch in the minors to make it back to the bigs.

"Of course, of course," Gagne told Sportsnet's Shi Davidi. "I know the game, I know how it happens, I know they need spots on the 40-man roster and don't want to release a young guy for a 41 year old, so of course I'd be willing to do anything. I pitched in the Can-Am League, so I'm willing to do anything. I'm not doing it for the money, I'm doing it for the love of the game."

Gagne, who said he worked out for five big-league teams before the WBC, was arguably the game's most dominant closer in the early aughts, fashioning a 1.79 ERA with a 0.82 WHIP and 38.6 percent strikeout rate while averaging 51 saves per season from 2002 through 2004 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Colorado Rockies made a splash in the offseason when they decided to invest $70 million over five years in Ian Desmond, but now it appears they won't have the slugging infielder for at least the first month of the season.

Desmond left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after being hit by a pitch, and was later diagnosed with a fractured left hand.

During an appearance on KOA NewsRadio with Steffan Tubbs on Tuesday, Rockies manager Bud Black said the 31-year-old will undergo surgery on his hand - including the insertion of a metal plate in his wrist - on Wednesday and isn't expected to return until late April.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told Jim Bowden of ESPN that Desmond will likely be out six weeks, which fits with the timeline Black provided.

Black also said he feels like the Rockies will be able to "adjust" without Desmond in the lineup. In his absence, they could turn to veteran Mark Reynolds or 29-year-old Stephen Cardullo at first base.

After struggling to a .674 OPS with the Washington Nationals in 2015, Desmond had a turnaround season with the Texas Rangers last year, hitting .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs and 86 RBIs on a career-high 178 hits.

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