Notes: Reliever Durbin near deal with Indians

February 26, 2011

INDIANS: Free agent reliever Chad Durbin is close to signing a one-year contract, multiple news outlets reported. ESPN.com said the deal is for $800,000 with $1 million in incentives. Durbin, 33, who spent the last three seasons with the Phillies, will report to camp Sunday for a physical.

ROYALS: An MRI of RHP Henry Barrera's elbow revealed a bone bruise and strained flexor but no structural damage. Barrera threw only three pitches in an intrasquad game Friday before walking off the mound in pain. The hard-throwing rookie had elbow surgery in 2009.

TIGERS: 1B Miguel Cabrera might play his first exhibition game Monday against the Yankees since his Feb. 16 arrest on a drunken-driving charge. Manager Jim Leyland said Cabrera probably could have played in Saturday's spring opener against the Blue Jays, based on the authority Cabrera showed in batting practice Friday.

EXTRA INNINGS: As expected, Major League Baseball hired Joe Torre as its executive vice president for baseball operations. Commissioner Bud Selig also named Hall of Famer Frank Robinson his senior adviser. Robinson was senior vice president for major league operations last season. … Orioles 2B Brian Roberts returned to practice after missing three days with a stiff neck. …Rangers RHP Brandon Webb is scheduled to pitch off a mound Sunday for the first time in 10 days. The former Cy Young Award winner for the Diamondbacks hasn't pitched in a major league game since the 2009 opener because of shoulder surgery. … Nationals RHP Chien-Ming Wang will make his spring debut Friday with one or two innings at the team's accelerated minor league camp. Wang, 30, did not pitch in 2010 while recovering from shoulder surgery.

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