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Phillies at Blue Jays, 1:05 at Knology Park, Dunedin
Toronto's ace, former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, is scheduled to pitch three innings. The Phillies will go with their projected opening-day starter, Brett Myers.
PORT ST. LUCIE — Ryan Church felt much better Tuesday and felt no dizziness while working out in a pool, the first step in his recovery from a concussion.
The Mets' new rightfielder was injured in a violent collision with teammate Marlon Anderson on Saturday against the Dodgers and will miss at least a few spring training games. The team said Church will resume playing when he is free of concussion symptoms.
Church returned to camp Monday and spent Tuesday doing drills in a pool on the minor-league side of the complex. It was his first day without dizziness since the collision.
"It's a good sign, a good start," he said. "I feel a lot better."
Church ran on a special treadmill in the pool and showed he could keep himself afloat. He's eager to resume baseball activities and hopes to take batting practice soon. He said the training staff would tell him today what his next step is.
Church and Anderson, a pinch-hitting specialist who was playing first base, crashed in shallow rightfield Saturday while chasing Andruw Jones' popup. Visibly woozy, Church was helped off the field. He hasn't watched a replay of the collision and doesn't plan to.
"No, I don't want to see that. I don't remember anything about it. I could care less; I don't want to remember it," he said.
GIANTS STARTER SIDELINED: A day after a wild outing, Giants left-hander Noah Lowry was diagnosed with tendinitis in his left wrist and sent to San Francisco to see a hand specialist.
Lowry is expected to be inactive for at least three or four days. Monday, he walked nine of the 12 batters he faced against the Rangers.
"It's frustrating," Lowry said. "You go out there and you want to compete at the level that you know you're capable of competing at and sometimes your body doesn't allow you to do that. At this level you have to be right physically. Right now it's not."
JOHNSON NEARS RETURN: Left-hander Randy Johnson, recovering from August back surgery, threw a batting practice session and hopes to pitch in a game for the Diamondbacks after his next side session Saturday. "I threw a few more pitches, another step forward to pitching in a game," Johnson, 44, said after the 36-pitch outing. "So we'll see how I feel."
RANGERS 3B IN CRASH: Texas third baseman Hank Blalock was stiff and sore a day after his vehicle was rear-ended while stopped at an intersection. Blalock, his wife and their 3½-year-old son were returning from lunch when the accident occurred near Surprise, Ariz. Blalock said they were okay.
BLUE JAYS: Right-hander Jesse Litsch, the former Pinellas Park standout, allowed a run and three hits over two innings against the Yankees. He also worked a simulated inning in the cage. "I'm glad I got two in," Litsch said. "I just wanted to go out there, prove something and throw my game."
CARDINALS: Adam Wainwright agreed to a terms on a one-year contract. The right-hander got a split contract that will pay him $438,000 if he makes the team and $246,000 in the unlikely event he's in the minors.
MARLINS: Two former Rays had solid games against the Mets, with Jorge Cantu, competing to replace Miguel Cabrera at third base, going 1-for-2 and left-hander Mark Hendrickson allowing six hits but only one run in three innings.
NATIONALS: First baseman Dmitri Young, who has tightness in his lower back and hip, is improving and should start a hitting program and soft tossing soon, manager Manny Acta said. … Right-hander Shawn Hill does not need another operation to relieve tightness in his right forearm. His status for the season remains in doubt.
RED SOX: Scout Jesse Levis was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior after an incident at a Port St. Lucie hotel, according to a police report. The incident occurred Sunday night in a hotel room that looked out on a pool where two teenage girls saw him, the report said.
ORIOLES: Rightfielder Nick Markakis and the club failed to agree to terms by the team's designated deadline, so Markakis will have his contract renewed at $455,000, up from $400,000 in 2007.
PHILLIES: Right-hander Kyle Kendrick allowed nine hits and seven runs in 22/3 innings. "My command just hasn't been very good," Kendrick said. "Overall I need to work on my change and stop getting the balls up."
ROCKIES: Rightfielder Brad Hawpe agreed to a $17.425-million , three-year contract that includes a club option for 2011.
TWINS: Left-hander Francisco Liriano, out last season after major elbow surgery, threw 40 pitches in batting practice and is expected to pitch in a game Friday.
YANKEES: Leftfielder Hideki Matsui, who has been slowed by neck stiffness, said he feels "much better," and hopes to resume batting practice today.