Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Phillies OF Aaron Altherr likely lost for season

CLEARWATER — Phillies OF Aaron Altherr will be sidelined for 4-6 months after having surgery on his left wrist.

GM Matt Klentak announced late Tuesday afternoon that Altherr will have surgery today. Klentak said the team hopes Altherr will be back before the end of the season.

Altherr, 25, hurt himself diving for a ball on Friday. He went back to Philadelphia on Sunday and received two different opinions, with both doctors recommending surgery.

Altherr was a front-runner to be the starting rightfielder on opening day. He hit .241 with a .338 on-base percentage, a .489 slugging percentage and six steals in eight chances in 39 games with the Phillies at the end of last season.

The injury leaves several players competing for the spot, including Tyler Goeddel, a Rule 5 pick from the Rays who has never played above Double A. Cody Asche, Darnell Sweeney, Cedric Hunter and David Lough are also candidates.

GAME DETAILS: Darin Ruf, who is competing for playing time at first base, hit a two-run homer in the first inning in the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Pirates. Ruf, a right-handed hitter, could platoon with lefty swinger Ryan Howard at first.

Yanks: A long ride

JUPITER— CC Sabathia spent four hours on the team bus to make his spring training debut.

The outing went much quicker.

The left-hander pitched two hitless innings Tuesday for the Yankees, who lost 1-0 to the Marlins.

Sabathia threw only six pitches in the first, all strikes. The lone baserunner against him was Chris Johnson, who walked on a full count with two outs in the second.

The trip Monday evening to Florida's east coast from the Yankees' complex in Tampa took a lot longer.

"That bus ride was terrible," Sabathia, 35, said with a slight smile. "I'm too old to be riding on the bus, man. Maybe I'll take a helicopter next time."

Sabathia gave his pitching better reviews. It was his first outing since he entered an alcohol rehabilitation program last October.

"Got some quick outs, quick swings, threw everything, so it felt good," he said. "I felt good just to get back out there. It's fun to be competing again, and it went well."

Sabathia threw 25 pitches, 16 for strikes.

"He threw the ball extremely well," manager Joe Girardi said. "He located extremely well, and that's what we wanted to see. He's throwing it where he wants to, and he's got movement."

Jays: Solid audition

DUNEDIN — RHP Gavin Floyd pitched three strong innings and prospect Darrell Ceciliani hit a long grand slam for the Blue Jays in a 9-3 win over a Twins split squad.

Floyd, in the mix for the fifth spot in Toronto's rotation, allowed one hit, a solo shot by Korean slugger Byung Ho Park in the second. He also struck out two.

Floyd said he felt his mechanics were much better than in his first start, when he allowed a run in two innings against the Pirates. He has been limited to 21 games since 2013 because of elbow issues.

"My focus was to take what I did the first time and work on throwing strikes," he said. "The key to this game is to try and get outs as quick as possible and pound the zone, and I want to take that approach into this game and attack. That's how I pitch."

INJURY REPORT: 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, out since after having an abscessed tooth pulled Feb. 28, participated in drills Monday and could make his exhibition debut by the start of next week.

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