PORT ST. LUCIE — Ryan Church sustained a concussion Saturday in a violent collision with Mets teammate Marlon Anderson and will be sidelined at least a couple of days.
Church and Anderson crashed into each other in shallow rightfield while chasing Andruw Jones' fourth-inning popup during a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.
Church, the team's new rightfielder, was helped off the field and won't play again until he is free of concussion symptoms, the Mets said.
Anderson, a pinch-hitting specialist who was playing first base, walked off under his own power. He has a bruised chest and is day to day. "I don't think it's anything serious," Anderson said.
Both players had CT scans that came back negative.
Church took the brunt of the blow as he tried to make a basket catch and the ball popped out.
"It's always a little scary when you see stuff like that," said manager Willie Randolph, who added that Church didn't lose consciousness. "He was okay. He was just stunned."
Meanwhile, first baseman Carlos Delgado, feeling discomfort in his right hip, returned to New York for an MRI, which was negative.
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, back with the team after signing a $275-million, 10-year deal, hit his first home run this spring and Shelley Duncan boosted his bid for playing time at first base with a homer and five RBIs in a 9-3 win over the Phillies in Clearwater. Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the fifth inning, and Duncan hit a three-run drive off Adam Eaton in the first and added a two-run double off Chad Durbin in the third.
Chien-Ming Wang allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for New York and is lined up to start the season opener March 31 against the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays: Dustin McGowan, Casey Janssen and John Parrish shut out the Rays on four hits through five innings in a 5-2 loss. … Closer B.J. Ryan (left elbow) is scheduled to face hitters for the second time this spring today.
Braves: Tom Glavine threw 30 pitches in two innings, giving up a homer to former Ray Ty Wigginton in his first start for Atlanta in six years. When he took the mound, he got a loud ovation. "When I got the nice ovation, I was like, all right, now I want to go out there and do a little bit better than just getting comfortable," he said.
Brewers: Ben Sheets, who has been slowed by a slew of injuries the past three seasons, threw two perfect innings on just 16 pitches against the Rockies. "I feel a little stronger, and I am in a better arm slot, which is why I feel stronger," he said.
Diamondbacks: Dan Haren threw 28 of 38 pitches for strikes in his Arizona debut, but the White Sox got one run and five hits off him in two innings.
Giants: Barry Zito gave up eight runs and seven hits against his former team, throwing 44 pitches and failing to get through the first inning in a 23-5 loss to the A's. "If I look at it from how my body feels, it was all right," he said, shrugging it off.
Marlins: Owner Jeffrey Loria said the recently approved new ballpark means an increased payroll. "I look upon it as something that makes everything more permanent for everybody," Loria said. The payroll for 2008 is projected around $20-million, the lowest in the league. Alas, any major increase won't come until the team moves into the park (projected 2011).
Phillies: Cole Hamels makes his first exhibition start today against the Yankees in Tampa. … Closer Brad Lidge, who had right knee surgery last week, hopes to throw off a mound in two weeks and thinks he will return in time for opening day. … A 9:30 a.m. "B" game against the Pirates has been added for Monday at Bright House Networks Field. Gates open at 9:30.
Reds at Blue Jays, 12:35, Knology Park, Dunedin
If you can't get tickets for LHP Andy Pettitte's first spring start vs. the Phillies (1:15, Legends Field), catch Hernando grad Bronson Arroyo's spring debut with the Reds against Toronto's A.J. Burnett.