PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — New York Yankees Manager Aaron Boone says it’s too early to know if first baseman Greg Bird will be sidelined opening day Thursday at Toronto because of inflammation in his right foot.

Boone said the team should learn Bird’s status after he’s evaluated Monday by a specialist in New York.

Bird was scratched from the starting lineup for a split-squad road game Saturday against Atlanta. Boone said CT and MRI exams showed no structural damage.

Bird fouled a ball off his right ankle in the Yankees’ final spring training game in 2017. He had surgery on the ankle in July and was limited to just 48 games.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said Saturday that the current soreness is in a similar area.

CARDINALS: Pitcher Adam Wainwright will start the season on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring, and rookie Jack Flaherty will begin the year in the rotation.


Wainwright recently hurt his hamstring in a conditioning drill. Closer Luke Gregerson also injured a hamstring during a drill and will be on the DL.

PHILLIES: Prized prospect Scott Kingery reached agreement with the team on six-year contract, a major endorsement for a player who has yet to play in the big leagues.

Multiple media reports said Kingery is guaranteed more than $23 million.

Kingery hit a combined .304 with 26 home runs and 29 steals as a second baseman for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading last year.

The Phillies have Cesar Hernandez as their starting second baseman, so Kingery has also seen time at third base this spring and has worked out in the outfield.

RANGERS: Minor league coach Howard Johnson has been released from a hospital with several fractures in his cheekbone after being hit by a line drive while in the dugout.


The Rangers said Johnson’s eye function was good and that it didn’t appear he would need surgery. The former big league slugger will rest for a week in Arizona and then be re-examined.

ROYALS: Danny Duffy is still scheduled to start on Opening Day – at this moment, anyway.

A day after he exited his final spring training game because of a stiff left shoulder, Duffy said he was ready to pitch Thursday at home against the Chicago White Sox.

Duffy left in the third inning after throwing 32 pitches against an Arizona split squad. His first pitch bounced in front of the plate and his fastball velocity was 82 to 85 mph, about 10 miles less than his normal working velocity.

INDIANS: Still recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle, Michael Brantley will be placed on the disabled list as the team continues to take a cautious and deliberate approach with the two-time All-Star outfielder.

Brantley, who has been limited to 101 games over the past two seasons because of injuries, only began playing in exhibition games a few days ago.


First baseman/DH Mike Napoli was cut and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Columbus.

BREWERS: Lewis Brinson and Garrett Cooper, two players acquired during offseason rebuilding trades, learned they will make the Opening Day roster for the first time.

Brinson, 23, was the key piece in the deal that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. He will start in center field and hit leadoff when Miami opens its season on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.

Cooper came to Miami in the deal that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. He’s expected to serve as a backup outfielder and first baseman.

WASHINGTON PITCHER Jeremy Hellickson, Cincinnati outfielder Ben Revere and St. Louis reliever Jason Motte were among the latest cuts as big league teams reached a deadline to make roster decisions.

Kansas City pitcher Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota infielder Erick Aybar and Cubs outfielder Peter Bourjos also were released on the last day for teams to decide what to do with players who became free agents after the World Series and later signed minor league contracts. Clubs could either opt to add them to the 25-man roster for Opening Day, release them, or pay a $100,000 retention bonus if they agreed to begin the season in the minors.

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