The injury to Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is not as serious as initially feared.
Red Sox president Larry Lucchino announced via Twitter on Monday that right-hander John Lackey has a right biceps strain and there is no structural damage to his arm.
Lackey, who had not pitched in almost 1 1/2 years, left Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth inning after hurting his right arm following a pitch.
The 34-year-old last pitched in September 2011. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery. It was feared that he may have re-injured his elbow, but an MRI revealed no damage.
It is not clear how long Lackey will be out. Alfredo Aceves, who relieved Lackey, is a candidate to fill his spot in the rotation. Prospect Allen Webster and knuckleballer Steven Wright are also possibilities.
--- St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, who had been on the disabled list with a back injury, was activated before the Cardinals home opener against the Reds.
Freese finished a brief minor-league rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A by going 3-for-5.
Freese was in the Cards' starting lineup at third base base on Monday, and he went 0-for-3.
---Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun returned to the lineup Monday after missing three games with neck spasms.
He went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Brewers' 7-4 victory over the Cubs.
---Meanwhile, Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left middle finger.
--- Talks continue between the Cubs and city of Chicago over a proposed $500 million Wrigley Field renovation project but no agreement is imminent.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said discussions continue to move forward.
A local television station reported that an agreement would be announced on Monday, but Rickets said nothing was final and declined to put a timeframe on a resolution.
---First baseman Mauro Gomez, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week, was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays.
Toronto dropped David Bush from the 40-man roster to make space for Gomez.