No plans for Super Bowl QB to get at-bat
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers have no plans to put Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson at the plate. Manager Ron Washington says it’s not a good idea to let Wilson hit in an exhibition game. Washington says Wilson hasn’t seen any pitches and that it’s too risky to have him bat.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is set to be at spring training on Monday and the former minor league second baseman might take part in infield drills. Washington says he wants Wilson to just enjoy his day at the ballpark. Wilson is expected to be in uniform against Cleveland.
The quarterback played 93 games over two seasons in Colorado’s minor leagues. He didn’t play above the Class A level in 2010 and 2011. Texas selected Wilson from the Rockies in the Triple-A portion of baseball’s draft at the winter meetings in December.
Mavs top Pelicans 108-89 after Davis injury
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks got the early scare. Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans ended up with the bigger problem.
Nowitzki shook off a shoulder issue in the first minute to finish with 18 points, but Davis was knocked out of the game with a similar problem and the Mavericks beat the Pelicans 108-89 Wednesday night.
“I’m thinking Dirk’s going to be out with a shoulder injury and then a few plays later AD gets hit and he’s out,” said New Orleans coach Monty Williams, who could now be without three of his top four scorers. “Dirk comes back. So, it just hasn’t gone our way.”
Nowitzki left the court 31 seconds into the game but emerged a short time later and returned to the game. He even had a spin move and finished with a left-handed finger roll in the first half.