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Sore Elbow Lingers, So Santana Gets Scratched From 2nd Straight Start

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 03:20 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE -

Johan Santana was scratched from his second straight start by the New York Mets because of a sore left elbow.

After Santana missed a scheduled B game appearance Friday against Italy's national team, the Mets said their ace would not take his turn Tuesday against St. Louis. That was to have been his first regular spring training game appearance of the year.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said that because spring training is nearly a week longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic, he decided to be "extra cautious" with his ace.

"There's no hurry with Johan in spring training if he's experiencing any discomfort," Manuel said.

ASTROS: Shortstop Miguel Tejada has changed his mind and will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

DIAMONDBACKS: Ace Brandon Webb was scratched from his first spring start because of a sore right forearm. Webb expects to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against Mexico in Tucson.

INDIANS: All-Star center fielder Grady Sizemore will not play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic because of soreness in his left groin.

PHILLIES: Adam Eaton's stay with Philadelphia ended when the team released the right-hander, who is owed $9 million by the team.

"I don't think upset is the right word," Eaton said. "Underachieve? Yeah. The expectations for both sides coming in were unrealized. One was achieved last year, but not in the way we thought."

YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with Major League Baseball officials Sunday to discuss his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 while with Texas.

The timing of the meeting was disclosed Friday by a baseball official with knowledge of the session who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.

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