Indians reliever Tyler Clippard is expected to miss three to four weeks because of a mild pectoral strain.

Clippard, 34, who signed a minor-league contract Feb. 23 with an invitation to spring training, left an exhibition game early on March 9 against Colorado. He felt discomfort during the return to his throwing progression this week.

The former All-Star would get $2.5 million if he makes the 40-man roster. The AL Central champion Indians start the regular season March 28.

The right-hander, who appeared in 73 games with Toronto last season, was trying to earn a place in a bullpen that lost closer Cody Allen and top reliever Andrew Miller in the offseason. Clippard was 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA last year with the Blue Jays.

Clippard has a 52-46 record with a 3.16 ERA since he started with the New York Yankees in 2007. He has pitched for eight teams in his 12-year career.

Yankees ace is out

New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation.

Severino had been scheduled to start on Opening Day on March 28 but was scratched from his first planned spring training appearance on March 5. He felt discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.

Severino is set to resume playing catch next week. Severino is a two-time All-Star who is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA. He went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA last year but lost five of his last 11 decisions.

Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ are also projected to be in the Yankees' rotation.

Pitch hits Bryce Harper

New Phillies star Bryce Harper suffered a bruised right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn't overly worried about the injury.

Initial X-rays were negative, the club said. Harper then left the ballpark for more detailed X-rays.

Recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, Harper was playing his fourth exhibition. He is 0-for-5 in 10 plate appearances.

Outfielder sprains knee

Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be sidelined with a sprained left knee and sprained left hip, leaving the club thin at that position with Opening Day less than two weeks away.

"I think he's going to miss a significant amount of time," manager Dave Martinez said Friday.

Taylor favored his left leg as he limped through the clubhouse earlier in the day before heading to have an MRI.

"He's a big part of our ballclub," Martinez said after getting test results. "So I just hope that he recovers quickly and we can get him back out there as soon as possible."