Atlanta Braves: Minor league manager Luis Salazar has lost an eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game. General manager Frank Wren said Wednesday that doctors were unable to save Salazar's left eye after the accident.
St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright reported to spring training for elbow rehab less than three weeks after undergoing reconstructive surgery. Before undergoing exercises Wednesday designed to improve range of motion, the 20-game winner was optimistic he'll be ready to go next spring. In other Cardinals news, the team announced Marty Marion, the brilliant shortstop and 1944 NL MVP, has died. He was 93.
Boston Red Sox: Manager Terry Francona announced left-hander Jon Lester will be the team's opening-day starter. Lester, 27, had a 19-9 record with a 3.25 ERA and 225 strikeouts last year.
Minnesota Twins: Joe Mauer needed just two pitches to get back to business. Mauer swung at the second pitch he saw in a spring game and ended up with his first hit. Mauer, serving as the designated hitter while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, singled in three at-bats. The All-Star catcher is expected to play in the field for the first time Thursday.
New York Mets: Outfielder Carlos Beltran played catch and took 75 swings from the right side in a batting cage Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Team medical personnel did not want him swinging from the left side yet because he is still trying to recover from left knee tendinitis that has kept him out of games for over a week.
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