Alex Rios will deal with a thumb issue throughout the season


Royals outfielder Alex Rios jammed his thumb during Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the White Sox. Per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Rios said the thumb is feeling better, but he’ll have to manage it throughout the season.

Rios, 34, had one of his worst seasons from a power standpoint last year. He hit only four home runs and slugged a meager .398 over 521 plate appearances. He had hit double-digit home runs in every season prior, dating back to 2005. Thumb injuries aren’t exactly helpful, so this doesn’t bode well for a bounce-back season from Rios. The Royals signed Rios in December to a one-year, $11 million deal with a $12.5 million mutual option for the 2016 season.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.