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Spring training roundup: Harper works walk in return

Spring training roundup: Harper works walk in return

Bryce Harper returned to action Sunday after missing a game with a bruised right ankle and went 0-for-3 with a walk as the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated 7-3 by the visiting New York Yankees at Clearwater, Fla.

Harper was out Saturday after getting hit by a pitch on his ankle on Friday. He still has yet to record a hit this spring in a Phillies uniform.

Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres and Troy Tulowitzki each hit home runs for the Yankees, while New York starter James Paxton gave up one run but did not allow a hit over 4 1/3 innings.

Athletics 5, Fighters 1

Khris Davis and Jurickson Profar each drove in two runs as Oakland won the tune up before Wednesday's Far East season opener against the Seattle Mariners at Tokyo. Daiki Asama drove in the only run for the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

Astros 7, Braves (ss) 3

Houston left-hander Framber Valdez gave up two hits over four scoreless innings, while Alex De Goti and Nick Tanielu each drove in two runs at Kissimmee, Fla. Freddie Freeman hit a home run for host Atlanta.

Red Sox 3 (ss), Rays 2

Danny Mars and Ryan Fitzgerald each drove in a run in the eighth inning as host Boston rallied for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Taylor Walls had the only extra-base hit for Tampa Bay, a double.

Yankees (ss) 5, Orioles 3

Miguel Andujar, Luke Voit and Zack Zehner each hit home runs as New York won at Sarasota, Fla. Carlos Perez hit a home run for host Baltimore.

Tigers 3, Braves (ss) 2

Detroit right-hander Tyson Ross worked five innings while giving up two runs, but neither of them were earned at Lakeland, Fla. Rafael Ortega and Sean Kazmar Jr. each drove in a run for visiting Atlanta, which did not have an extra-base hit.

Blue Jays 9, Twins 8

Rowdy Tellez hit the tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Randal Grichuk also went deep as Toronto outlasted Minnesota at Dunedin, Fla. Ehire Adrianza and Tyler Austin homered for the Twins.

Marlins 4, Cardinals 2

Right-hander Trevor Richards fired six hitless innings and Pedro Alvarez hit a home run as Miami won at Jupiter, Fla. Andrew Kinzer drove in a run for St. Louis, which had just two hits on the day.

Pirates 8, Red Sox (ss) 1

Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte each hit home runs for Pittsburgh and right-hander Jameson Taillon did not allow an earned run over five innings at Bradenton, Fla. Sandy Leon had two hits for visiting Boston.

Nationals 10, Mets 5

Juan Soto and Tyler Goeddel each hit home runs and Stephen Strasburg struck out six over fine innings as Washington won at West Palm Beach, Fla. Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto each hit home runs for visitingNew York.

Angels say LHP Heaney will start season on injured list

Angels say LHP Heaney will start season on injured list

Los Angeles Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney, who has been working his way through elbow inflammation this spring, will start the season on the injured list, manager Brad Ausmus announced Sunday.

Heaney had an MRI exam on his pitching elbow on Thursday that showed no structural damage. Heaney also experienced a bout of elbow discomfort last season but worked through it to make 30 starts, posting a 9-10 record with a 4.15 ERA.

Heaney, 27, was supposed to make a start on March 3, but was scratched from that outing. He returned to record two outs against the Chicago White Sox on March 8, but left that game with more elbow discomfort and has not appeared in any more games.

His time on the injured list might be long. Heaney was scheduled to do some light throwing on Sunday, the first time he has thrown a ball since that outing against the White Sox.

Dodgers LHP Kershaw throws bullpen session; live hitters next

Dodgers LHP Kershaw throws bullpen session; live hitters next

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who has been dealing with shoulder inflammation all spring, threw a 38-pitch bullpen session Sunday and is scheduled to face hitters this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Kershaw had thrown two previous bullpen sessions, but those only included fastballs. He threw all pitches Sunday and will face Dodgers teammates on a back field at the team's spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz., this week.

With just 11 days remaining before the start of the season, the Dodgers still have not said officially if Kershaw will be ready for Opening Day, but on Saturday, manager Dave Roberts came close to admitting that his starter will not be available.

"It's unlikely, that's fair," Roberts told reporters when the question arose of Kershaw's availability for the March 28 home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "But to be definitive, I don't want to close the door. But when you look at the calendar, it's more unlikely."

Kershaw has started in a team-record eight consecutive openers, but since he doesn't figure to see action in a spring training game until next week at the earliest, that run is in jeopardy.

Kershaw, who turns 31 on Tuesday, has pitched nearly 2,100 innings and struck out 2,275 batters in his decorated 11-year career. He is 153-69 overall with a 2.39 ERA and three Cy Young Awards.

Kershaw was 9-5 last season with a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts but has experienced back issues in each of the past three seasons. He has guided the Dodgers to two consecutive appearances in the World Series.

Dodgers SS Seager close to return

Dodgers SS Seager close to return

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager hasn't appeared in a spring training game but will be ready to play by Opening Day, manager Dave Roberts told reporters Sunday.

Seager, 24, appeared in just 26 games in 2018 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 4, followed by arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Aug. 7.

"I just think in talking to the training staff and talking to Corey himself and just where he's at, the progression -- we've been conservative, understandably, and I just don't see any reason why he won't be ready for Opening Day," Roberts said.

Seager has been hitting live pitching and playing defense in the Dodgers' minor-league camp and is scheduled for his Cactus League debut later this week. The plan also is for him to appear in the three-game exhibition Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels before the season starts on March 28 against Arizona.

Seager, the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year, is a two-time All-Star. In 355 career games, he has 54 home runs, 79 RBIs and a .302 batting average.

Cardinals to rest IF Carpenter (back tightness)

Cardinals to rest IF Carpenter (back tightness)

Infielder and St. Louis Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter will likely not play again until Wednesday after suffering from back tightness on Saturday, the team announced Sunday.

St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said the rest is just precautionary and that Carpenter will likely be back in the lineup after Tuesday's off day.

"We're not concerned about it," said Shildt. "He's not concerned about it. But we want to be judicious and give him a couple of days."

Carpenter, 33, is hitting .179 with three home runs and seven strikeouts in 28 at-bats this spring, appearing in 11 games.

Right fielder Dexter Fowler will lead off in place of Carpenter, with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt moving up to second in the order.

The Cardinals face the Miami Marlins in a spring training game in Jupiter, Fla. on Sunday. They face the Philadelphia Phillies, also in Jupiter, on Monday.

Rangers OF Gallo dealing with groin injury

Rangers OF Gallo dealing with groin injury

Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo missed his third straight game with a groin strain Sunday and his status for Opening Day is uncertain.

Gallo, 25, is coming off back-to-back 40-homer seasons. He batted .206 with a career-high 92 RBIs in 148 games in 2018.

Gallo suffered the injury in Thursday's exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs. An MRI exam revealed a mild strain and the club is hopeful the outfielder can return to the lineup next week.

"It could go a lot of ways," assistant general manager Shiraz Reham told the Dallas Morning News. "We're trying to take it a little slow in spring training rather than rush it and have to deal with something during the regular season."

Gallo is batting .241 with four RBIs in 34 plate appearances over 12 games this spring.

The Rangers open the regular season at home against the Cubs on March 28.

Report: Blue Jays to boost minor-league pay

Report: Blue Jays to boost minor-league pay

The Toronto Blue Jays are working to institute a pay raise of more than 50 percent for every player in their minor-league system, according to a report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Emily Waldon.

The team has been looking at increasing the compensation for players in the farm system for more than a year.

According to the report, Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington hopes it will lead to other teams following suit.

"It puts us right now up at the top of the scale in the industry," Cherington said. "My hope is it doesn't stay that way. My hope is other teams eventually do the same."

The Save America's Pastime Act, which was passed as part of the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress last March, officially exempted Major League Baseball teams from federal wage and overtime rules.

Major League Baseball earned a record $10.3 billion in revenue in 2018, the 16th straight year its revenues were a record, according to a Forbes report in January.

Blue Jays acquire RHP Adam from Royals

Blue Jays acquire RHP Adam from Royals

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired reliever Jason Adam from the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for cash considerations and also announced second baseman Devon Travis will miss four to six weeks after having knee surgery.

In addition, the team said pitcher Mark Leiter Jr., who had a shot of making the big-league roster coming into camp, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week and will miss the season.

Adam, 27, appeared in 31 games for the Royals last season and registered a 6.12 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.

In five appearances this spring, the 6-foot-4 right-hander has allowed no earned runs on two hits with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

A fifth-round pick by Kansas City in 2010, Adam has a 4.28 ERA and 485 strikeouts in 566 innings over six seasons in the minor leagues.

Travis, 28, who has a history of injuries, tore the meniscus of his left knee in a spring training game late last month.

In four seasons with the Blue Jays, he has a career batting average of .274. He slumped to career-worst .232 last season but tied his career high of 11 home runs while appearing in 103 games.

Leiter, 28, pitched three innings this spring and had a 9.00 ERA. He split his time last season between Philadelphia and Toronto and had an 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA in 20 games.

Phillies' Harper (ankle) returns to lineup at DH

Phillies' Harper (ankle) returns to lineup at DH

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper returned to the lineup Sunday as the designated hitter, two days after a 96-mph fastball bruised his right ankle.

Harper said he was "a little sore" and sat out Saturday's spring training game, but was slated to bat third Sunday against a New York Yankees split squad in Clearwater, Fla.

Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract, and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said they weren't concerned about his readiness for Opening Day in Philadelphia on March 28.

The X-rays taken after he was hit by a pitch Friday from Toronto Blue Jays rookie Trent Thornton were negative.

"I wish I would have dodged the ball," said Harper, who entered Sunday's game hitless in 10 plate appearances over four exhibition games.

Astros manager Hinch suspended one game

Astros manager Hinch suspended one game

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch will serve a one-game suspension on Sunday related to his ejection from a split-squad game on Friday.

Hinch was ejected by umpire Angel Hernandez after arguing a strike call on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning.

Afterward, Hinch said that Hernandez was "known for overreaction" and that the umpire "said some condescending things that are inappropriate, unprofessional."

The suspension was handed down by Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball.

In a statement immediately afterward, Hinch accepted responsibility.

"I'm very passionate about our players and our team, but on Friday night I made some emotional comments that took attention away from the play on the field," Hinch said Sunday. "I take responsibility for my actions and comments and accept the league's decision. I will serve the suspension today."

The Astros play the Atlanta Braves at Kissimmee, Fla.

Yankees OF Hicks (back) out for opening series

Yankees OF Hicks (back) out for opening series

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks will miss the team's opening series against the Baltimore Orioles because of a lingering back injury, according to ESPN's Cole Harvey.

Hicks, who agreed to a seven-year, $70 million contract extension in February, told Harvey on Sunday that he expected to be in the lineup for the following series against the Detroit Tigers. He also said he received a second cortisone shot on Sunday.

The series against the Orioles begins on March 28, Opening Day. The series against the Tigers starts on April 1.

Hicks, 29, is a switch-hitter coming off of a career season.

He had 27 home runs with 79 RBIs and scored 90 runs in 2018.

Hicks was acquired from the Minnesota Twins in 2015. In his three seasons with the Yankees, he has played in 348 games and hit 50 home runs.

Among all MLB outfielders over the past two seasons (2017-18), Hicks' 8.2 WAR (FanGraphs) ranks 12th, including sixth among centerfielders.

In 2018, Hicks was the everyday centerfielder for the Yankees, but he also has wrestled with injuries, landing on the injured list four times in three seasons with the team.

Reports: Indians ink OF Gonzalez on minors deal

Reports: Indians ink OF Gonzalez on minors deal

Gonzalez will make $2 million if he makes Cleveland's major league roster and can earn an extra $1 million in incentives, according to reports.

Outfield appears to be a weak spot for the Indians entering the season, with center fielder Leonys Martin the only clear option for one of the three jobs. Other candidates for the corner spots include Tyler Naquin, Jordan Luplow and Greg Allen.

Gonzalez, 33, hit .276 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs in 132 games for the Rockies last season. He played the last 10 seasons in Colorado, where he hit .290 with 227 homers.

Gonzalez won a batting title (.336) and placed third in the National League MVP vote in 2010. He was last an All-Star in 2016.

Top Yankees prospect Florial suffers broken wrist

Top Yankees prospect Florial suffers broken wrist

Top New York Yankees prospect Estevan Florial broke his right wrist chasing down a fly ball during Saturday's spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Tampa, Fla.

The 21-year-old center fielder ran into the outfield wall in the eighth inning, and X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture. He will undergo further tests on Monday.

This is the second time in two years Florial has injured his right wrist. He missed nearly three months last season with a broken hamate bone that required surgery.

Florial has yet to play higher than the Class A level, but was expected to start this season in Double-A.

Florial walked, singled, stole a base and scored two runs in Saturday's 17-7 win against Toronto. He is batting .355 this spring with one home run, four RBIs and five steals in 13 games.

He played in 75 games for Tampa in the Florida State League in 2018, batting .255 with three homers, 27 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

Spring training roundup: Sale fans 7 in spring debut

Spring training roundup: Sale fans 7 in spring debut

Chris Sale made his spring training debut in impressive fashion, striking out seven over four innings as the Boston Red Sox posted a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Fort Myers, Fla.

The Red Sox delayed Sale's spring preparation after the team made a long postseason run while winning the World Series. Sale recorded Boston's last three outs in its clinching Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mookie Betts hit a home run for the Red Sox, his first of the spring. Ozzie Albies had two hits for the Braves.

Cardinals 8, Nationals 5

Nolan Gorman, St. Louis' 18-year-old top prospect, hit a home run, while Randy Arozarena and Andrew Knizner went deep as well as the Cardinals won at West Palm Beach, Fla. Yan Gomes hit a home run for Washington.

Marlins 11, Mets 6

Pedro Alvarez came off the bench to hit two home runs and drove in five runs as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Michael Conforto hit a home run for New York.

Tigers 6, Pirates 3

Christin Stewart hit a home run, his third of the spring, and drove in three runs as Detroit won at Lakeland, Fla. Bryan Reynolds had a two-run single for Pittsburgh.

Yankees 17, Blue Jays (ss) 7

Aaron Judge hit one of six New York home runs and the Yankees pounded out 19 hits in the victory at Tampa, Fla. Veterans Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit home runs for Toronto.

Astros 13, Phillies 5

Michael Brantley had three hits and drove in three runs, while Yordan Alvarez and Max Stassi each had two RBIs as Houston won at Clearwater, Fla. J.T. Realmuto hit his third home run of the spring as Philadelphia played without Bryce Harper, who sat with a bruised right ankle.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays (ss) 3

Austin Hays hit a home run in the eighth inning to put Baltimore ahead for good in the victory at Dunedin, Fla. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio gave up two runs on two hits over 3 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts, for Toronto.

Phillies OF Harper not in lineup with ankle bruise

Phillies OF Harper not in lineup with ankle bruise

Bryce Harper was not in the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup Saturday against the Houston Astros, one day after taking a pitch off his right ankle.

There continues to be no long-term concern with the injury that is officially diagnosed as a bruise after X-rays were negative Friday. Harper was hit near the foot by a 96-mph fastball from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton.

The new Phillies outfielder, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract earlier this spring, remains on target for Opening Day on March 28 at home against the Atlanta Braves.

Harper continues to look for his first hit in a Phillies uniform. He is 0-for-5 with three walks in 10 plate appearances, scoring two runs.

"It's definitely important to get back out there and get the at-bats that I need," Harper told reporters Saturday. "But also being smart. I'd rather be healthy than get my at-bats."

MLB notebook: Yankees RHP Severino out until May

MLB notebook: Yankees RHP Severino out until May

New York Yankees ace right-hander Luis Severino will miss at least the first full month of the season with rotator cuff inflammation, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday.

Severino, 25, has yet to throw in a spring training game and was scratched from his scheduled debut on March 5 because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder. An MRI diagnosed the problem.

The Yankees decided Severino (19-8, 3.39 ERA in 2018) wouldn't throw for two weeks, but Cashman said the earliest the right-hander could return is May 1 because he needs to start from the beginning in his preseason program.

Cashman also updated the status of lefty CC Sabathia, who like Severino, will start the season on the injured list. The 38-year-old, who has announced his retirement effective at the end of the season, had offseason knee and heart surgeries, and Cashman said Sabathia likely will return to the active roster in April.

--Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left Friday's spring training game after being plunked on the right ankle by a 96-mph fastball from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton.

But following the game, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters, "Right now we don't have major concerns." Kapler said the Phillies are labeling the injury a right foot contusion. Harper was sent for X-rays as a precaution, Kapler said.

Harper was batting with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., when he appeared to get hit flush on the ankle. He dropped to the ground, rolling in pain before limping off the field.

--A day after a rough landing while making a diving catch, Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor had an MRI exam that revealed both a sprained left knee and a sprained left hip.

Taylor will miss "a significant amount of time," according to manager Dave Martinez. A specific timetable for his return was not revealed.

Taylor, 27, batted just .227 with six home runs in 134 games last season, a year after he batted .271 with 19 home runs in 118 games. He is a career .239 hitter over parts of five seasons with the Nationals, including 47 home runs with 165 RBIs in 483 career games.

Spring training roundup: Judge hits fifth homer as Yankees maul Red Sox

Spring training roundup: Judge hits fifth homer as Yankees maul Red Sox

Aaron Judge smacked a three-run homer to help the New York Yankees roll to a 14-1 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox on Friday at Tampa, Fla.

Judge's blast over the fence in right-center came off right-hander Adam Lau in the second inning and was his fifth of the spring. He relished the fact the homer came on an 0-2 pitch.

"Getting results like that are always good, but I'm looking more at the quality of at-bats," Judge told reporters afterward. "You never know -- I could get jammed on three pitches and get three hits. They could be terrible swings, or I can take three solid swings and have nothing to show for it.

Andrew Benintendi had two of Boston's six hits and scored the lone run.

Phillies 3, Blue Jays 2

Bryce Harper left in the sixth inning after being hit by a pitch on the right ankle and host Philadelphia later pushed two runs across in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Toronto at Clearwater, Fla. Freddy Galvis and Kevin Pillar homered for Toronto.

Twins 12, Orioles 9

Ehire Adrianza drove in four runs and belted two of Minnesota's six homers in the victory over visiting Baltimore at Fort Myers, Fla. Drew Jackson hit a two-run blast for the Orioles.

Nationals 11, Mets 3

Yan Gomes and Anthony Rendon smacked two homers apiece and Washington went deep seven times while routing host New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Robinson Cano went 1-for-3 for the Mets as his average dropped to .406.

Rays (ss) 7, Tigers 3

Yandy Diaz homered and had four RBIs to help Tampa Bay knock off visiting Detroit at Port Charlotte, Fla. Jeimer Candelario had a two-run double for the Tigers.

Marlins 7, Braves 6

Pedro Alvarez delivered the tiebreaking RBI single in the top of the ninth and Harold Ramirez added one for insurance as Miami edged Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla. Josh Donaldson hit his first homer of the spring -- a two-run shot -- for the Braves.

Rockies 2, Royals 1

Ryan McMahon recorded the game-winning single with none out in the bottom of the ninth inning as Colorado edged Kansas City at Scottsdale, Ariz. Jorge Soler had a run-scoring single for the Royals.

Cubs 11, White Sox 9

Albert Almora Jr. homered and drove in three runs as the Cubs outlasted the host White Sox in the battle of Chicago teams at Glendale, Ariz. Yoan Moncada hit a three-run blast for the White Sox.

Angels (ss) 2, Diamondbacks 1

Albert Pujols hit a two-run blast in the third inning as Los Angeles edged visiting Arizona at Tempe, Ariz. The Diamondbacks' lone run scored in the fifth inning on a wild pitch by Angels right-hander Luke Bard.

Brewers 6, Padres 2

Eric Thames hit a two-run double in a three-run first inning as Milwaukee defeated visiting San Diego at Phoenix. The Padres had four hits, all singles.

Rangers 5, Indians 2

Ronald Guzman drove in two runs to help host Texas defeat Cleveland at Surprise, Ariz. Trayce Thompson homered for the Indians.

Angels (ss) 5, Giants 5

Cesar Puello hit a two-run ground single in the top of the sixth inning as Los Angeles gained a tie with host San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz. Anthony Garcia homered and had three RBIs for the Giants.

Phillies OF Harper (ankle) exits game after HBP

Phillies OF Harper (ankle) exits game after HBP

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left Friday's spring training game after being plunked on the right ankle by a 96-mph fastball from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton.

Harper was batting with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., when he appeared to get hit flush on the ankle. He dropped to the ground, rolling in pain before limping off the field.

Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia two weeks ago, did not return to the game.

There was no immediate confirmation on the extent of his injury.

Harper, 26, spent his first seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, earning six All-Star selections as well as Rookie of the Year (2012) and Most Valuable Player (2015) awards.

In 927 games, he owns a career .279 batting average with 184 homers and 521 RBIs.

Nationals' OF Taylor to get MRI exam on knee, hip

Nationals' OF Taylor to get MRI exam on knee, hip

A day after landing on his left knee and hip while making a diving catch, Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor was headed for an MRI exam.

Taylor was reportedly limping through the Nationals' clubhouse Friday morning, although manager Dave Martinez said the MRI was more of a precaution.

"I can't assume anything until we get the MRI back, but I hope it's just a few days and he's back playing again," Martinez told reporters Friday morning.

Washington is short on outfield depth, with Bryce Harper departing as a free agent and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals have veteran Adam Eaton, who has a history of nagging injuries, as well as Juan Soto and Victor Robles. Taylor is expected to fit into that mix.

Matt Adams, Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick could also pick up some time in the outfield, if necessary.

Taylor, 27, batted just .227 with six home runs in 134 games last season, a year after he batted .271 with 19 home runs in 118 games. He is a career .239 hitter over parts of five seasons with the Nationals, including 47 home runs with 165 RBIs in 483 career games.

Yankees RHP Severino likely out until May

Yankees RHP Severino likely out until May

New York Yankees ace right-hander Luis Severino will miss at least the first month of the season with rotator cuff inflammation, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday.

Severino, 25, has yet to throw in a spring training game and was scratched from his scheduled debut on March 5 because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder. An MRI diagnosed the problem.

The Yankees decided Severino wouldn't throw for two weeks, but Cashman said the earliest the right-hander could return is May 1 because he needs to start from the beginning in his preseason program.

Cashman also updated the status of lefty CC Sabathia, who like Severino, will start the season on the injured list. On Tuesday, he threw 20 pitches of live batting practice for the first time this spring. The 38-year-old, who has announced his retirement after the season, had offseason knee and heart surgeries.

Sabathia likely will return to the active roster in April, Cashman said. Sabathia must serve a five-game suspension for throwing at two Tampa Bay batters at the end of the 2018 season upon his return.

Severino was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings last season. In 2017, he went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 193 1/3 innings and finished third in the American League Cy Young Award voting.

Last month, Severino signed a four-year, $40 million extension with a fifth-year club option in 2023.

Sabathia is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA in 538 starts for the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and Yankees. He was 9-7 over 29 starts for the Yankees last season with a 3.65 ERA.

Manager Aaron Boone announced the Masahiro Tanaka will be the Yankees' Opening Day starter.