Astros 3B Bregman leaves with back stiffness

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left Wednesday’s spring training game against the Miami Marlins because of back stiffness.Bregman will sit out Thursday but could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters.”He took a swing in his one at-bat and had a little bit of back stiffness,” Hinch said in comments published by ESPN.com. “He sort of begged and pleaded to stay in the game, but I took him out.”