Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is expected to miss at least a week after injuring his right knee.
Freeman’s kneecap popped out of place Tuesday attempting to field a low throw during an infield drill.
The team said the knee is stable and he had a similar injury in the minors two years ago. Freeman missed about a week the last time.
Freeman was runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year after hitting .282 with 21 homers and 76 RBI.
BREWERS: The person who collected Ryan Braun’s urine samples that tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone says he followed the collection program’s protocol.
Dino Laurenzi Jr. issued a statement Tuesday confirming he handled the sample submitted following a playoff game on Oct. 1.
He says he has been a collector for Comprehensive Drug Testing since 2005 and has taken more than 600 samples for Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program.
Braun’s 50-game suspension was overturned last week.
Laurenzi says he stored Braun’s sample in his basement in accordance with drug-collecting procedure because there was “no FedEx office located within 50 miles of Miller Park that would ship packages that day or Sunday.”
YANKEES: Now two spots in the New York rotation are secure.
Manager Joe Girardi indicated Tuesday that right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will join Opening Day starter CC Sabathia in the five-man unit.
Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia are also in the mix although Garcia and Hughes appear to be competing for the final job.
ASTROS: Brett Myers, who started 66 of the 67 games in which he played during his first two seasons with Houston, will be the team’s closer this year.
The 31-year-old right-hander has 94 wins in 249 career starts, including a 7-14 record with a 4.46 ERA for the Astros last season. He saved 21 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 after starting that season in the rotation.
NATIONALS: Washington lost top pitching prospect Sammy Solis for the season because an elbow injury.
The team said that Solis will need major surgery on his left elbow.