Nolan Ryan says he is still discussing with Texas Rangers ownership his role as the team’s chief executive officer.
Ryan issued a statement Sunday that he has met in person with team co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson and that the “conversations have been productive.” Ryan says they agreed that “these discussions will continue as we go forward.”
Speculation about Ryan’s role and future with the Rangers has been growing since some seemingly routine promotions nine days earlier. Ryan had remained quiet publicly during that span.
Team ownership announced March 1 that General Manager Jon Daniels and Chief Operating Officer Rick George had been promoted and had new presidential titles. Ryan had been president and CEO.
Lefty Brett Anderson, scheduled to start on Opening Day for the Oakland Athletics, strained a muscle in his upper right back and left Sunday’s outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks after facing just two batters.
After Adam Eaton led off with a single, former Oakland infielder Cliff Pennington hit a sharp grounder that caromed off the glove of third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Nobody was covering third base and Eaton took off. Anderson ran over to the bag but was too late to get Eaton.
Anderson kept twisting and rubbing his neck following the play. After consulting with manager Bob Melvin and the team’s medical staff, Anderson exited.
Team Italy break
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo rejoined the team for a one-day break during the World Baseball Classic.
Rizzo was in camp Sunday. He’ll return to Team Italy when it plays in the second round this week in Miami.
Rizzo also plans to watch a little video and collect some bonus money. Before he left for the WBC, several players pledged $500 if Italy won a game in the tournament.
The pledge was captured on video, and Rizzo wants to watch it. Rizzo says he’ll donate the money to a family foundation.
Italy won its first two games in the WBC. Rizzo doesn’t speak Italian, but says he has family living in the country.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny plans to leave the team in Jupiter, Fla., and return to St. Louis for surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.
Matheny expects to be back at spring training for Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Braves in Jupiter.
The 42-year-old said early in spring training that the injury probably traces back to his days as a big-league catcher from 1994-06.
The ruptured disk sends pain into his right leg, which became severe on Feb. 28 and caused him to skip the next day’s game against the Houston Astros at Kissimmee.