Around the Grapefruit League

Atlanta Braves: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones
sprained his left ankle on his first at-bat Monday and was removed
from the game against St. Louis.

Jones broke awkwardly from the box on a grounder to first and
jogged a few steps before turning around and limping to the dugout.
The team said Jones, who has been plagued by foot problems in
recent seasons, was day-to-day.

"It bit me kind of hard, but there's not a lot of swelling,"
Jones said. "During the season I would have continued to play.
Hopefully I'll get back in there tomorrow, because I need some

Jones is batting .222 (4-for-18) this spring with one double and
two RBIs.

Elsewhere in the Grapefruit League:

Cincinnati Reds: Ken Griffey Jr. hit against Kyle Lohse, who pitched three innings
in a simulated game.

Lohse is nursing a tight right hamstring, and
Griffey, recovering from a broken bone in his left hand, has yet to
appear in an exhibition game.

Minnesota Twins: Twins starter Boof Bonser
produced his second consecutive solid start, pitching four hitless
innings, striking out three.

Bonser, competing for one of four open spots in the Minnesota
starting rotation, left his first spring training start a distant
memory. On March 3, he gave up three runs off five hits in one

"That's what I was trying to do, get the bad one out of the
way," said Bonser, who also had a quality outing March 7, giving
up two hits with three strikeouts and no runs in three innings.
"Everybody out there is trying to pitch their best. Everybody's
trying to get a job."

New York Yankees: Right fielder Bobby Abreu, who is recovering from a right oblique strain, took grounders, fly
balls and threw in the outfield for the first time since being
injured late last month.

"I feel a lot better," Abreu said. "No
pain. Throwing was all right."

Abreu said he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

Carl Pavano's trouble-filled tenure with
the New York Yankees took a positive turn Monday night.

The right-hander felt "pretty good" while allowing two runs in
the first three innings of a 7-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox after
returning from a bruised foot and missing a start Friday because of
his girlfriend's medical problem.

"Considering I hadn't pitched in eight days, I felt pretty
good," he said. "It felt good just to get out there and work
fastballs in and out and get ahead of some hitters."

Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard planned to
miss Tuesday's game to travel to Philadelphia for the memorial
service of longtime Phillies coach John Vukovich, who died

St. Louis Cardinals: Jason Isringhausen is set to make his
spring training debut Thursday, right on schedule.

The Cardinals closer missed the World Series after hip
surgery in September. He threw to hitters on a back field for the
third time on Monday and by all accounts was sharp

"He's looked better every time out," catcher Gary Bennett
said. "He was locating everything."

Manager Tony La Russa plans on having Isringhausen start
Thursday, with Adam Wainwright taking over in the second inning.
Isringhausen called his debut a "big deal for my rehab but not to

Washington Nationals: Washington SS Cristian Guzman will see his first Grapefruit League action in the field on
Wednesday against the Cardinals in Jupiter. Guzman missed all of
2006 with a shoulder injury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.