Looper's Sneeze Injured His Oblique
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Braden Looper was scheduled to see a doctor in Arizona on Sunday after being scratched from a scheduled start Saturday because of tight left oblique muscle, manager Ken Macha said.
"They are still in the evaluation stage," Macha said.
Looper said he believed he suffered the injury when he sneezed several days ago.
Looper signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract to bolster a starting rotation that lost free agents C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets. He was 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA for St. Louis last season.
Meanwhile, Macha said outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. -- who arrived at spring training with an impingement in his right shoulder -- missed a scheduled throwing session Sunday morning.
Gwynn, who has not thrown in camp, is scheduled to start as a designated hitter on Monday against San Diego in Peoria, Macha said. Gwynn was 0-for-2 with a walk as a DH on Feb. 28.
"At least we're giving him some at-bats," Macha said. "He's competing with another couple, three guys for a job. He needs to get out on the field and show me what he can do. He and I have talked, and he understands that."
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