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Glaus out at least 2 months

Rehabbing 3B suffers a setback

Associated Press / April 2, 2009
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Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus is expected to miss at least two months following a setback in his rehabilitation from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in January.

Glaus originally was expected to miss just a few weeks of the season. But the Cardinals said yesterday he will be reevaluated around June 1.

"It's just not responding as quickly as we'd hoped," Glaus said in Jupiter, Fla. "It obviously didn't go as smoothly or uneventfully as we had hoped."

David Freese is the top candidate to start at third with Glaus out.

General manager John Mozeliak told the Associated Press that Glaus might have pushed too hard in his rehab schedule. He said Glaus's progress will be assessed in a few weeks.

"Sometimes being overly optimistic can hurt you," Mozeliak said.

Glaus began throwing, hitting off a tee, and fielding grounders midway through spring training, but stopped after soreness lingered longer than expected.

Glaus will be in St. Louis for Opening Day Monday, then travel to Phoenix to continue his rehab. He'll be working with physical therapist Keith Kocher, who helped Glaus rehab from shoulder surgery in 2004.

"A new set of eyes and a new set of hands can maybe figure something that, I don't want to say was missed, but maybe something that wasn't recognized," Glaus said.

Jeter to lead off
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his spring training switch of Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon atop the lineup has worked so well that as of now, Jeter will bat first and Damon second for the season opener at Baltimore Monday.

"I've liked what I've seen," Girardi said.

Girardi flip-flopped Damon and Jeter for the first time March 26. The manager was impressed with what he saw earlier in spring training when Damon batted second so catcher Jorge Posada, coming back from right shoulder surgery, could hit first and get extra at-bats.

Jeter is a career .315 hitter batting first. The last season in which Damon hit second with more than 50 at-bats was 2002.

Yesterday the Yankees got a scare in Opening Day starter CC Sabathia's final spring training start. Jason Ellison's line-drive RBI single went off the lefthander's glove in the second inning of New York's 8-5 win over the Phillies.

"Not what to you want to see," Girardi said. "I was a little nervous. Got mostly glove."

Sabathia remained in the game and allowed two runs and six hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during a 70-pitch outing.

"No problem," Sabathia said. "I'm ready just to get the season started. I'll be ready."

In Lincoln, Neb., Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was given probation and a fine. After a plea deal, prosecutors dropped the second charge of driving with an open alcohol container. Chamberlain was pulled over Oct. 18 by police on the outskirts of Lincoln. Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was 0.134 percent. The legal limit in Nebraska is 0.08 percent.

Isringhausen on DL
Tampa Bay reliever Jason Isringhausen will begin the season on the disabled list, a move that will give him additional time to build arm strength following elbow surgery.

The defending American League champions purchased the 36-year-old righthander's contract from Triple A Durham and plan to put him on the 15-day DL Sunday, the day before the Rays open the season in Boston.

Benson makes grade
Righthander Kris Benson has made the Rangers' starting rotation after not pitching in the majors since 2006. Benson is 2-0 with a 4.76 ERA in five spring games. The No. 1 overall pick by Pittsburgh in 1996, he missed 2007 after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff. He was 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA in 11 starts last year for Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia's Triple A team, before the Phillies released him Aug. 30 . . . The Rangers cleared the way for Andruw Jones to make their roster by releasing Frank Catalanotto . . . Righthander Jeff Karstens won the final spot in the Pirates' starting rotation when righthander Virgil Vasquez was optioned to Triple A Indianapolis. Outfielder Craig Monroe, a nonroster player, was told he had made the team.

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