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Edmonds makes Brewers' roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jim Edmonds is back in the majors with the Brewers.

The minor-league contract of the Gold Glove centerfielder, who sat out 2009, was purchased Thursday, giving him a spot on the 40-man roster.

The four-time All-Star, 39, is likely headed for a reserve role behind Carlos Gomez. But Edmonds' ability to play all three outfield positions gives the Brewers options.

"His defense is still there, and his throwing arm is still there," manager Ken Macha said. "He still needs more at-bats. But to be away for a whole year and be hitting the ball the way he has this spring has been pretty impressive."

Edmonds is hitting .286 with a homer, three doubles and nine RBIs. Earlier this week, he drove in five in a 10-2 win over the Indians. He didn't play in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Dodgers.

Kazmir scratched

TEMPE, Ariz. — Angels starter Scott Kazmir did not make his scheduled start because of tightness in his throwing shoulder. But Los Angeles downplayed the injury.

"If this was September, he'd be taking the mound," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But there's absolutely no advantage of pushing through this right now."

Kazmir, who threw 62 pitches in his last start Saturday and was scheduled for 75 Thursday, began feeling weakness and discomfort in the deltoid muscle "a couple of days ago."

"It's not a cause for concern," the former Ray said. "It's not like anything is hurt."

Astros: Starting pitcher Brett Myers sustained a mild groin strain while covering first. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated today but doesn't expect to miss a start.

Cubs: Manager Lou Piniella didn't make the trip to Tucson for the game against the Diamondbacks because of a sore back. Bench coach Alan Trammell ran the team.

Cardinals: Catcher Yadier Molina likely will sit out the rest of spring training with a right oblique injury sustained while sliding into second Wednesday.Manager Tony La Russa said he expects to know more today.

Diamondbacks: Rightfielder Justin Upton sat a day after spraining his left ankle. But manager A.J. Hinch said he could have played if it were the regular season.

Dodgers: Vicente Padilla will start on opening day. Clayton Kershaw will follow then Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda. A fifth starter hasn't been named. Also, catcher Russell Martin said he's optimistic he'll be ready for opening day. He has been out since March 7 with a groin injury.

Mariners: New ace Cliff Lee felt pain in his strained abdominal after a throwing session on flat ground. He said he will continue to throw off flat ground every other day for now but doesn't know the team's plan beyond that.

Orioles: Second baseman Brian Roberts, slowed by a herniated disc in his lower back, is scheduled to make his spring debut tonight. Also, Jake Arrieta, the franchise's top pitching prospect, was sent to minor-league camp.

Red Sox: Daisuke Matsuzaka, slowed by back and neck pain, made his first appearance of the spring, relieving Tim Wakefield. He allowed a run on two hits in two innings and said he felt good despite not working at maximum effort.

Tigers: Rightfielder Clete Thomas left in the fourth inning after bruising his right shoulder blade. Manager Jim Leyland said he is day to day.

Edmonds makes Brewers' roster 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:11pm]
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