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Stars clogging up DL on opening day

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is on the list. So are the Mets' Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran. Astros first baseman Lance Berkman, Rockies closer Huston Street and Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee are there, too.

You could field a pretty good team with the injured players sitting out opening day.

"Everybody's got their challenges," said Royals manager Trey Hillman, who has two third basemen and his No. 2 starter on the disabled list. "You just try to make sure you have enough depth and enough coverage to feel comfortable with what you're running out there."

After Sunday night's MLB opener between the Red Sox and Yankees, baseball begins again in earnest with a full slate of games today.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals host the NL champion Phillies, who begin the season with closer Brad Lidge, setup man J.C. Romero and starter Joe Blanton on the DL.

One day in, and Obama will have more time on the mound than three key pitchers on one of the NL's best teams.

"I'm going to be warming him up," Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez said. "I'm going to take a picture with him, if he'll let me. It'll be exciting."

BRAVES: Centerfielder Nate McLouth, who was hampered by a right hamstring strain during spring training, was given the green light to start today by manager Bobby Cox after participating in a team workout.

CARDINALS: Catcher Yadier Molina, who hasn't played in more than a week because of a strained right oblique muscle, made enough progress to avoid the disabled list.

DODGERS: Right-handers Carlos Monasterios, 24, who has pitched in only two games above Class A, and Ramon Ortiz, 37, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2007, made the opening day roster.

GIANTS: John Bowker, 26, won the starting rightfield job, beating out Nate Schierholtz.

MARINERS: Left-hander Cliff Lee went on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain, as expected.

PHILLIES: Closer Brad Lidge had a pain-free bullpen session five days after receiving a cortisone injection in his right elbow. The right-hander had elbow surgery in November.

PIRATES: Infielder Ramon Vazquez was designated for assignment.

Stars clogging up DL on opening day 04/04/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 4, 2010 9:42pm]
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