TEMPE, ARIZ.: Drew Pomeranz made a solid case for a spot in Colorado’s rotation while Garrett Richards might have wasted a chance to impress the Angels on Monday as the Rockies beat Los Angeles 6-2.
Pomeranz allowed four hits and a run over four innings in his fourth spring training start. Pomeranz, acquired in the deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland, has a 0.82 ERA but he’s been limited because of a tight glute. He last pitched March 21 in a minor league game.
Richards came in with a 2.00 ERA in three starts but gave up six runs — four earned — and seven hits in 5· innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Phillies say Utley up front
Amid questions about a disconnected relationship between Chase Utley and the Phillies’ front office, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spent 30 minutes emphasizing that Utley was up front in detailing his health, and said that as recently as a week ago, both parties assumed he’d start the season on time.
Utley is sidelined for an indefinite period of time with chondromalacia — a wearing down of the cartilage beneath the kneecap — in his left knee. He missed the first 46 games of the 2011 season with the same ailment in his right knee. Amaro said Utley woke up March 18 and decided the pain was too great after increased work.
Mets to honor Carter
The New York Mets will honor the memory of former star Gary Carter with a pregame ceremony opening day. Carter’s family will take part in the tribute April 5 at Citi Field before the Mets play the Atlanta Braves. Carter died Feb. 16 in Florida at the age of 57. The Hall of Famer catcher helped lead the Mets to the 1986 World Series championship.
Around the bases
Right-hander Dustin McGowan and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $4.1 million, three-year contract that adds an additional two seasons and $3.5 million to the deal he reached in December. McGowan keeps the $600,000 salary for this year from his previous contract, and salaries of $1.5 million annually are added for 2013 and 2014. Toronto has a $4 million option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout. McGowan also agreed to make a donation to the Jays Care Foundation. … Pedro Alvarez will remain the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting third baseman, despite a deep batting slump that began last season and has carried over into spring training. … The Detroit Tigers have optioned right-hander Jacob Turner to Triple-A Toledo, one of six roster cuts. Detroit also reassigned right-hander Chris Bootcheck to minor league camp, along with infielders Audy Ciriaco, Argenis Diaz and Ryan Strieby and outfielder Quintin Berry. … Right-handed reliever Shawn Camp has agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs, five days following his release from the Seattle Mariners. … Injured right-hander Chris Young is staying with the New York Mets. Young, still recovering from shoulder surgery in May, agreed to a minor league contract.
Injured Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is certain he’ll be in the lineup on opening day. Cabrera rejoined his teammates a week after a bad-hop grounder in an exhibition game broke a bone below his right eye. … Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he strives to return from a concussion. In other moves, the Orioles optioned pitchers Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken, along with infielder Matt Antonelli, to Triple-A Norfolk and placed left-hander Zach Britton (back) on the 15-day disabled list. In addition, Baltimore reassigned pitchers Dontrelle Willis and Armando Galarraga, infielder Steve Tolleson, catcher John Hester and outfielder Scott Beerer to their minor league camp. … The Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter, who has yet to appear in a spring training game, returned to camp after four days of tests last week in St. Louis to determine the cause of a nerve ailment that has weakened his throwing shoulder.