Durham late scratch vs. Brewers
Velez replaces second baseman in lineup on Saturday
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Second baseman Ray Durham was scratched from the starting lineup for Saturday's exhibition against the Milwaukee Brewers, renewing questions about his injured left hamstring.Durham, 36, has been sidelined since playing all nine innings Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs. He was scratched from Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels and wasn't in Friday's lineup. Durham has thrived when he has played, batting .436 in 15 games. He was replaced Saturday by Eugenio Velez, the rookie who's striving to clinch a spot on the Opening Day roster as a utilityman. In other injury-related news, infielder Kevin Frandsen, who has been shelved for nearly a week with left Achilles tendinitis, took batting and fielding practice. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes that Frandsen will be able to play by Monday. Also, left-hander Noah Lowry continued his recovery from forearm surgery, by making 30 throws at a distance of 50 feet. Lowry, who began throwing on Thursday, said that he will continue to toss every other day until he can tolerate more activity.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.