Mariners’ first-round pick gets hit in face, has broken jaw

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Outfielder D.J. Peterson, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft, was scheduled for jaw surgery Friday after getting hit in the face by a pitch while playing for low Single-A Clinton on Thursday night.

The Mariners said Peterson suffered an open fracture to the left mandible.

Peterson, a product of the University of New Mexico, was hitting .293/.346/.576 with seven homers in 99 at-bats in the Midwest League before getting hurt. He came in at .312/.382/.532 with six homers in 109 at-bats for short-season Everest before his promotion.

Assuming he recovers as planned over the next couple of months, he should be ready to go by the time spring training rolls around. As a first-round pick, he might get an invitation to major league camp, though he’ll probably open the season in high-A ball.

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.