Washington RHP Brian Lawrence, acquired in exchange for Vinny Castilla last November, will miss most of the of the 2006 season after suffering a torn labrum.

Somehow, Lawrence managed to sustain such an injury without engaging in any activity related to the World Baseball Classic. I’m told there remains a possibility, however remote, that other major leaguers might risk sprains, tears, fractures, etc. while performing baseball-related tasks that are outside the confines of the WBC.

Owners, GM’s and managers should be outraged. I realize that MLB and the Players Union have a lot riding on this “Spring Training” money-spinner, but the integrity of games that really count is being compromised.