Braun ex­its with mus­cle strain

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL -

Mil­wau­kee slug­ger Ryan Braun left the Brew­ers’ sea­son opener against Colorado be­cause of a mus­cle strain in his right side.

The in­jury oc­curred in the fourth in­ning Mon­day when Braun crashed into the right-field wall while catch­ing Justin Morneau’s drive. Braun was re­placed by Ger­ardo Parra with the Rock­ies lead­ing 10-0. The 2011 Na­tional League MVP was limited by a thumb in­jury much of last sea­son.

Ven­tura leaves early

Kansas City ace Yor­dano Ven­tura left the Roy­als’ opener against the Chicago White Sox in the sev­enth in­ning be­cause of a cramp in his right thumb. It was a scary mo­ment for the team when Ven­tura crum­pled to the ground in pain days af­ter agree­ing to a five-year, $23-mil­lion deal. But the club said the in­jury did not ap­pear se­ri­ous.

Mets closer hurt­ing

New York Mets closer Jen­rry Me­jia’s pitch­ing el­bow tight­ened while he was warm­ing up, so he did not pitch against the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als on open­ing day. Jerr y Blevins and Buddy Car­lyle pitched the ninth in­stead, with Car­lyle get­ting his first ca­reer save. Me­jia, who had 28 saves last year, could have an MRI exam to­day.

Etc.

The Miami Mar­lins’ opener against At­lanta was halted for 16 min­utes be­cause of rain, a first at 3year-old Mar­lins Park, which has a re­tractable roof. . . . The Texas Rangers signed 36-year-old left­hander Wandy Ro­driguez to a mi­nor league con­tract and as­signed him to triple-A Round Rock, three days af­ter the Braves re­leased him.

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