UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back. The world’s top-ranked player and four-time Masters champion said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic and skipped his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw probably won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible to be activated on April 14. Kershaw was placed on the DL on Sunday with a swollen muscle in his left upper back. Mattingly says Kershaw will likely have to make a rehab start before he can return.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw an 86-pitch bullpen session yesterday and could return to the rotation in the next week. Pitching coach Mike Maddux says the right-hander looked very good during what amounted to four innings of simulated work. He missed the opening-day start after coming up with a stiff neck about two weeks ago in spring training.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes has landed on the disabled list after just one at-bat. Reyes injured his left hamstring running the bases during the Blue Jays’ season-opening loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. He missed several games during the final week of spring training because of the same injury and hopes to return in a couple of weeks.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell might need surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament. He complained of tightness in his right elbow after throwing 25 pitches in Monday’s game.