Rangers 5, Indians 0
The Cleveland Indians lost a game and may not have Kerry Wood
for at least a few days either.
Brandon McCarthy pitched three scoreless innings for the Texas
Rangers in a 5-0 win over the Indians, who had won five in a row
and played two ties so far this spring.
Wood was scheduled to pitch, but was unavailable on
“He has a little spring soreness and just didn’t feel ready
today,” manager Manny Acta said. “He’ll be ready in a few
Wood made 12 trips to the disabled list with various arm
ailments and surgeries in 11 years with the Chicago Cubs. He signed
a two-year, $20.5 million deal with Cleveland in December 2008,
worked in 58 games in 2009, and is 1-0 in two scoreless innings
Cleveland also was without shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, out with
a strained left groin. Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler sat out
with a sprained right ankle. Both got hurt Friday and are expected
to be sidelined at least a week.
McCarthy, competing for a Rangers rotation spot, allowed three
hits, one walk and struck out three.
“I really wanted to work on the cutter and threw some for
strikes,” McCarthy said. “Now, I’ve got to shore up the curveball
and the change. I’ll work on that this week.”
McCarthy went to the bullpen to throw 15 more pitches, getting
his total up to about 50.
“I need to throw pitches down and away consistently,” he said.
“So I threw some more to work on that.”
McCarthy consistently got ahead in the count for two innings.
Rookie Carlos Rivero doubled to open the third and Michael Brantley
walked on four pitches, but the right-hander quickly got out of the
“I kind of lost the zone and had to right the ship,” he said.
“I got out of the inning, but went down to the bullpen to find it
McCarthy missed the second half of 2009 with a stress fracture
in his right shoulder – making his fifth trip to the disabled list
since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox before the 2007
Indians starter Justin Masterson struck out six over 3 2/3
innings. The right-hander, already selected to the rotation, gave
up three hits, one walk and an unearned run.
“I was ready to keep going when Manny came and got me,”
Masterson said. “I’d rather feel like that than it being, ‘please
come and get me’.”
Masterson, working on a changeup to complement his sinker, was
pleased with the few offspeed pitches he threw.
“The sinker was really moving, but the change felt good, too,”
Acta was very happy.
“Masterson was the highlight of the day for us,” he said. “He
missed some bats.”
David Murphy drove in two runs and rookies Matt Brown and
Joaquin Arias each had two of Texas’ 12 hits.
NOTES: Former Indians manager Frank Robinson visited with Acta,
who succeeded the Hall of Famer as Washington Nationals manager in
2007. … Indians 1B Russell Branyan has yet to play as he rehabs
from a herniated disk in his back. Branyan said he “hopes to play
a little catch” Sunday. … Veteran RHP Jason Grilli, on a
minor-league contract with Cleveland, is out for the season. He
will have surgery next week in Vail, Colo., by Dr. John Steadman on
a torn right quadriceps, sustained while running on March 5. …
Texas claimed INF Hernan Iribarren on waivers from Milwaukee and
placed RHP Eric Hurley on the 60-day disabled list. … Rangers
players talked about entertainer Charlie Pride’s annual visit to
their camp. Pride, who turns 72 on March 18, sang some country
tunes and told baseball stories. Pride was a pitcher in the Negro
leagues and Yankees farm system in the early 1950s.