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Boone feeling well, set to rejoin Yanks

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NEW YORK (AP) New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he's feeling better after getting a pacemaker and said he hopes to return to the team Saturday or Sunday.

Boone said he would have been back with the Yankees on Friday if not for novel coronavirus protocols.

"I think I'm ready to be back in the dugout," he said during a news conference Friday.


Brewers' Williams optimistic on health

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams says the shoulder soreness that kept the 2020 NL Rookie of the Year from pitching in the playoffs shouldn't impact his readiness for the start of the season.

Williams also doesn't expect it to hamper his comfort level in throwing the changeup that became one of baseball's most unhittable pitches last season.


Jays' GM unaware of Callaway allegations

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Thursday he was "absolutely not aware" of any sexual harassment allegations against Mickey Callaway during their time together with the Cleveland Indians organization.

Atkins, who was the Indians executive who oversaw Callaway's hiring by Cleveland in 2010, said the team failed by not creating an environment for such allegations to be properly addressed.


Brewers add OF Bradley for 2 years, $24M

MILWAUKEE (AP) Free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is joining the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to the parameters of a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the details of the agreement were still being negotiated and the deal is subject to a successful physical.


MLB to hold Lou Gehrig Day on June 2

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will hold its first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, adding Gehrig to Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente on the short list of players honored throughout the big leagues.

Each home team will have "4-ALS" logos in ballparks to mark Gehrig's No. 4, and all players, managers and coaches will wear a Lou Gehrig Day patch on uniforms and may use red "4-ALS" wristbands. Teams that are off on June 2 will observe Lou Gehrig Day on June 3.


Belt resumes activities after illness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) First baseman Brandon Belt has resumed baseball activities with the San Francisco Giants at spring training after dealing with what manager Gabe Kapler called a virus without providing further details - though Kapler did say previously it wasn't COVID-19.

The 32-year-old Belt already had been worked in slowly given he had surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his right heel.


Hoskins makes debut after elbow surgery

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Five months after elbow surgery, Rhys Hoskins was back in the lineup taking big swings.

The Philadelphia Phillies slugger was 1 for 3 with an RBI single as a designated hitter in a 15-0 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday.


Lugo likely to resume throwing in April

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo is on track to resume throwing around opening day as the right-hander recovers from surgery Feb. 16 to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.

Lugo spoke Thursday for the first time since the operation with Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek. New York said Lugo needs about six weeks of recuperation following the surgery before he can throw. Then Lugo will have to work his arm into game shape, a process likely to take a month or more.


Nats' Lester to undergo thyroid surgery

Washington Nationals left-hander Jon Lester is leaving spring training camp to have surgery for the removal of his thyroid gland, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Lester was to travel from West Palm Beach, Florida, to New York on Wednesday; the Nationals said the operation is planned for Friday.