Braun exits with muscle strain
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.
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.