Carlos Beltran will play through fractured toe

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Carlos Beltran played through a fractured right pinkie toe during the World Baseball Classic, took some off to rest the injury once the tournament was over, and now plans to play through the pain.

“I can deal with what I feel,” Beltran told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “The doctor said it’s not going to get worse, so I just have to go day to day and see how I feel.”

Beltran is in the Cardinals’ lineup today, playing right field and batting fifth. Obviously having his bat in the lineup is the biggest key, but last season Beltran stole 13 bases and rated above average defensively in right field, so how well he’s able to move with a fractured toe is worth watching.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.