Shane Nance, a left-handed reliever for the Diamondbacks, on Friday underwent an MRI on his left elbow.
Nance was scratched from a scheduled inning of relief in Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Tucson Electric Park, instead driving to Phoenix to be examined by team physician Michael Lee.
Results of the MRI are not expected until Monday.
Acquired from Milwaukee in the Richie Sexson trade, Nance said he had felt "tightness" in his triceps the previous day or so.
Nance is one of three lefthanders competing for spots in Arizona’s bullpen, along with Stephen Randolph and Jim Parque (Casey Fossum is unlikely to be ready for opening day).
Relievers Oscar Villarreal and Brandon Lyon are not throwing off a mound as they recover from sore elbows.
Meanwhile, before the other split-squad game against Seattle at Peoria Sports Complex, outfielder Felix Jose was removed from the lineup shortly before game time due to stiffness in his left Achilles tendon.
TICKETS ON SALE
Regular season singlegame tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. today and can be purchased at the Bank One Ballpark ticket office, Team Shops at Fiesta Mall and Scottsdale Fashion Square, by calling (602) 514-8400 or at www.azdiamondbacks.com.
There will be a four-ticket limit (today only) for games against the New York Yankees in June.
In the first start of his fish-or-cut-bait spring, righthander John Patterson gave up four hits and three runs in two innings against Seattle at Peoria Sports Complex but said he was pleased with his effort.
"I accomplished what I wanted do," said Patterson, a 26-year-old who is out of minor-league options. "I made all my pitches and did some things on pitches that I haven’t been able to do in the past. I had a good changeup, good cutter. So, I’m happy."
Patterson, who walked three, gave up two runs in the first inning. He had the bases loaded against him with two outs in the second, but he struck out Mariners cleanup hitter Raul Ibanez to get out of the jam.
A projected starter going into spring 2003, Patterson couldn’t keep the job. He will have to win a rotation spot this year, but he said what’s riding on this spring hasn’t affected his head.
"I think there’s less pressure on me than in the past," Patterson said. "I’m more comfortable, and I know what I need to get done."
SOX’S SMITH PREVAILS
The D-Backs scored a run on three hits off White Sox reliever Shingo Takatsu in the top of the ninth inning to tie the score in Tucson 3-3, but Chicago’s Bobby Smith hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th against minor leaguer Sam Smith.
D-Backs at White Sox
What: The second of five meetings between the Tucson Electric Park co-tenants, at 1:05 p.m.
TV/radio: KTAR (620 AM)
Pitchers: D-Backs — Brandon Webb, Greg Aquino, Brady Raggio, Brandon Medders; White Sox — Jason Grilli. Records: D-Backs 1-1; White Sox