Big Unit could return to mound by April

first_img VIERA, Fla. – Travis Lee may miss the first week of the Washington Nationals’ exhibition season with a strained right oblique. Lee said he injured his side last Friday and resumed swinging a bat on Tuesday. “For sure, early next week, we’ll see,” Lee said Thursday of his projected return. SARASOTA, Fla. – Reliever Dustin Hermanson agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, who haven’t yet settled on a closer. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Right-hander Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a four-year contract that includes an option for 2011. “Everything’s kind of coming along and I’m seeing progress.” Johnson threw 55 pitches, all fastballs, in his session. TUCSON, Ariz. – After a third strong bullpen session Thursday, Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson said he might be ready to make his first regular-season start in April. “I’d still like to think some time in April,” said Johnson, who is coming off back surgery last October. “When, I don’t know, but I’d like to think I’m taking the appropriate steps. center_img “When you have an opportunity to cement a working relationship with a young man like Matt, you definitely have to investigate it and I think both parties are happy that we were able to work it out,” general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement. LAKELAND, Fla. – Gary Sheffield met with a Major League Baseball executive to discuss recent comments by the Detroit slugger on whether he would cooperate with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell’s investigations into steroids. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img