A passenger injured in the car crash that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends was taken off the critical list Saturday.

Jon Wilhite was upgraded from critical to serious condition but remained in intensive care at UC Irvine Medical Center, hospital spokesman John Murray said.

Wilhite's uncle said in a statement that the family's thoughts were with the families of Adenhart and the other two people killed in Southern California.

"We are also overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received ... and ask for your continued prayers for Jon's recovery," Charles Wilhite wrote.

Wilhite, 24, of Manhattan Beach, played baseball from 2004 to 2008 at Cal State Fullerton. Police said he was riding with Adenhart, who grew up in Washington County, and two friends when a minivan ran a red light and broadsided the car Thursday in Fullerton.

The Angels recalled outfielder Reggie Willits from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Adenhart's roster spot.

Diamondbacks: Manager Bob Melvin said magnetic resonance imaging indicated that ace Brandon Webb's right shoulder discomfort is muscular, not structural, the Arizona Republic reported. Webb remains hopeful of rejoining the rotation Friday.

Phillies: A day after allowing seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his season debut, ace Cole Hamels said his elbow felt fine. ... Philadelphia placed catcher Carlos Ruiz (strained oblique) on the 15-day disabled list.

Twins: Catcher Joe Mauer (back) is scheduled to begin a running program this week, manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... Starter Scott Baker is expected to make his season debut Wednesday after starting the year on the DL with a stiff right shoulder.

Cubs: Catcher Geovany Soto's sore right shoulder is feeling much better, and he will test it by throwing before Sunday's game. If Soto isn't ready for at least backup duty by Monday, the team might put him on the DL.

Et cetera: The Indians put starter Scott Lewis (elbow strain) on the 15-day DL. ... The Mets designated utility man Marlon Anderson for assignment to make room for right-hander Livan Hernandez.


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