Ori­oles’ Bourn breaks fin­ger, will miss four weeks

The Washington Post Sunday - - SCOREBOARD - SPRING TRAIN­ING NOTES AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Michael Bourn had a ma­jor set­back in his at­tempt to make the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, break­ing a fin­ger while play­ing catch with a foot­ball dur­ing a team work­out.

Ori­oles Man­ager Buck Showal­ter said Saturday that Bourn will miss about four weeks. The 34-year-old out­fielder in­jured his right ring fin­ger Fri­day af­ter sign­ing a mi­nor league con­tract with the team Mon­day. If added to the 40-man ros­ter, Bourn will make $2 mil­lion.

Bourn spent the fi­nal month of the 2016 sea­son with Bal­ti­more.

Also, the Ori­oles signed in­fielder Paul Jan­ish to a mi­nor league con­tract with an in­vi­ta­tion to spring train­ing, the third straight year the Ori­oles brought in Jan­ish dur­ing spring train­ing. He ap­peared in 14 games for Bal­ti­more in each of the past two sea­sons.

DODGERS: Even though it was just one in­ning and 12 pitches, it was a good enough start for Clay­ton Ker­shaw.

The Los An­ge­les ace helped be­gin the team’s ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son Saturday in a 5-3 win against the Dodgers’ spring train­ing co­tenants, the Chicago White Sox, in Glendale, Ariz.

The plan, as ex­plained by Man­ager Dave Roberts be­fore the game, was to have Ker­shaw work only one in­ning. He dis­patched the White Sox in or­der, re­tir­ing Tim An­der­son on a popup, strik­ing out Melky Cabr­era and get­ting Jose Abreu on a ground­ball. He was re­lieved by Alex Wood in the next in­ning.

“It was okay. I threw one change-up that was ter­ri­ble. That’s what I got mad about,” Ker­shaw said af­ter his out­ing be­fore 8,474 fans. “I got be­hind ev­ery bat­ter to­day. But the results were okay. I got three outs. I’ll take it for to­day and get ready for the next one.”

Ker­shaw said he will go two or three in­nings in his next start and likely go up one per out­ing from there. He is on track to pitch the April 3 opener at home against San Diego, ty­ing Don Sut­ton’s fran­chise record of seven straight Open­ing Day starts.

CAR­DI­NALS: Cuban out­fielder Ado­lis Gar­cia could make it to St. Louis at some point this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Gen­eral Man­ager John Mozeliak.

“In terms of skill-set, I just feel like I would de­scribe him more as a five-tool player, so from a de­fen­sive stand­point, above av­er­age, from an of­fen­sive stand­point, I think there could be some power,” Mozeliak said.

Gar­cia, who turns 24 on Thurs­day, agreed Fri­day to a mi­nor league con­tract with a $2.5 mil­lion sign­ing bonus and was in camp ahead of the Car­di­nals’ ex­hi­bi­tion opener against Miami.

Gar­cia earned MVP hon­ors in Serie Na­cional, Cuba’s high­est league, in 2016 af­ter hit­ting .319, with 14 homers and 71 RBI in 81 games with 15 out­field as­sists. He then had a brief stint with the Yomi­uri Giants in Ja­pan’s Cen­tral League.

“Ob­vi­ously there were other of­fers and there were other teams, but I picked St. Louis be­cause of the tra­di­tion and be­cause it is such a won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion and I knew that I was go­ing to iden­tify with the team and fit in,” Gar­cia said through an in­ter­preter.

While Gar­cia worked out with the Car­di­nals, he won’t play in games un­til af­ter he re­turns to his cur­rent res­i­dence in Haiti and ob­tains a U.S. work visa, a process ex­pected to take a few weeks.

“He’s a spec­i­men, I’ll tell you that,” Car­di­nals Man­ager Mike Ma­theny said.

Pri­mar­ily a cen­ter fielder, Gar­cia can play all three out­field po­si­tions, a boon to the Car­di­nals as they look to add ath­leti­cism.

“It looks like he’s in plenty good shape, so we’ll just kind of put him out there and see how it comes to­gether,” Ma­theny said.

Gar­cia is the younger brother of Ado­nis Gar­cia, who hit .273 with 14 homers for the At­lanta Braves last sea­son.

MAR­LINS: If Gian­carlo Stan­ton weren’t launch­ing moon­shots on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, Chris­tian Yelich might be the talk of Miami’s out­field.

“I think [Yelich] is a star right now,” Man­ager Don Mat­tingly said.

Mat­tingly ex­pects the left­handed hit­ting Yelich, a for­mer Gold Glove win­ner, cur­rent mem­ber of Team USA for the World Base­ball Clas­sic and a ca­reer .293 hit­ter, to take an­other step for­ward this sea­son.

“I think power is still com­ing, and I think av­er­age, there’s more there, and I think there’s less strike­outs there,” Mat­tingly said.

Yelich, 25, didn’t reach dou­bledigit homers in any of his first three sea­sons be­fore find­ing his power stroke in 2016, hit­ting 21.

Eleven of those homers came in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

“Ob­vi­ously it ticked up last year a lit­tle bit, but it’s not some­thing that I’m forc­ing,” Yelich said. “I’m go­ing to stay within my ap­proach, and if they start to come, they start to come. Even last year, it wasn’t a conscious ef­fort to hit more home runs. It kind of just hap­pened. That’s how you want it to be.”

KATHY KMON­ICEK/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Michael Bourn, shown late last sea­son, in­jured his fin­ger play­ing catch, pos­si­bly hurt­ing his chances of mak­ing the Ori­oles’ ros­ter.

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