Notes: Phillies' Lidge likely to begin season on DL

March 26, 2011

PHILLIES: Closer Brad Lidge likely will start the season on the disabled list for the third time in four years because of pain behind his right shoulder. Lidge left his outing Thursday because of the issue and is expected to undergo an MRI when the team returns to Philadelphia next week.

YANKEES: RHP Sergio Mitre was traded to the Brewers for OF Chris Dickerson, and RHP Kevin Millwood was signed to a minor league contract. Mitre began spring training as a candidate for one of two available rotation spots but allowed seven runs and 13 hits in 11 innings. Millwood, 36, went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts for the Orioles last year.

RANGERS: RHP Tommy Hunter is almost certain to start the season on the DL after straining his right groin Thursday — about two hours after the Rangers named him to their rotation.

EXTRA INNINGS: Reds RHP Homer Bailey will begin the season on the DL with an impingement in his shoulder but hopes to miss only a couple of starts. … LHP Joe Beimel, the Pirates' main offseason bullpen acquisition, won't be ready for Opening Day because of forearm and elbow injuries. … Mets RF Carlos Beltran plans to play the field for the first time this spring in a minor league game Saturday. … Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche will be shut down for at least three days after having an MRI on his sore left shoulder. … Five-time All-Star 1B Mike Sweeney, 37, retired after signing a one-day contract with the Royals. … RHP Braden Looper, 36, decided to retire after being told he would not make the Cubs. … Orioles RHP Brad Bergesen was hit in the right forearm by a line drive off the bat of the Twins' Denard Span on his fourth pitch and left the game, but X-rays were negative. Tribune news services

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