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American League notebook -- Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Baltimore: OF Endy Chavez, who left Tuesday's game with a strained right hamstring, was placed on the disabled list. He had been out from May 9-28 due to a strained left side muscle, and he hit .200 (9-for-45) since his return, raising his season average to .162. IF Steve Tolleson, optioned to Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) on Tuesday, was recalled. ... RH reliever Matt Lindstrom, out since May 11 due to a torn ligament in his right middle finger, is scheduled to throw batting practice Saturday in Sarasota, Fla., MASNsports.com reported. According to the report, he could soon start a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Boston: CF Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox after Wednesday night's game and reported to Fort Myers, Fla., to continue his rehab. He has been sidelined since April 14 due to a partially dislocated right shoulder. ... GM Ben Cherington believes the team can move forward for the next few months with two third basemen, veteran Kevin Youkilis and rookie Will Middlebrooks. "We've had Youk banged up a little bit, and he hasn't performed to his accustomed level, but we've picked up for that because Middlebrooks has helped us out," Cherington told the Boston Herald. "I still see, between the two of them, that we're going to get good third base production."

Chicago: C A.J. Pierzynski wasn't surprised that a Men's Journal survey of 100 major-leaguers declared him the most hated player in baseball. "When the game is going, I want to win. For those three hours, guys on the other team are trying to take money out of my pocket, and I'm trying to take money out of theirs," he said. ... An adjustment to what LH reliever Matt Thornton calls his "front-arm action" has allowed him to limit opponents to two earned runs in his past 14 appearances (13 innings). "You have adjustments throughout the year, and small things can turn into big things," he said.

Cleveland: OF Michael Brantley doubled in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. It's the longest hitting streak in the majors since Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit in 33 consecutive games from July 5-Aug. 13, 2011. Brantley is hitting .341 (28-for-82) during his streak. ... RHP Josh Tomlin gave up six runs on 10 hits in four innings at Cincinnati. "He just didn't have it today," manager Manny Acta said. In his last four starts, Tomlin has a 6.95 ERA.

Detroit: LHP Drew Smyly, who left his Sunday start after three innings when a blood blister appeared on his left middle finger, was placed on the disabled list. RHP Doug Fister, completing his second stint on the disabled list to cure a sore left side, will be activated Saturday so he can start in Smyly's place. ... 2B/OF Ryan Raburn was recalled from Class AAA Toledo (Ohio), and he went 2-for-3 with an RBI double. He hit .194 (6-for-31) with one homer and three RBI in eight games for Toledo after his May 30 demotion.

Kansas City: RH reliever Roman Colon had his contract purchased from Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.), where he was 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA and five saves. 1B/DH Clint Robinson was optioned to Omaha after going 0-for-4 in four games. ... Lorenzo Cain is in Kansas City rehabbing his torn left hip flexor. Cain was the Royals' opening day center fielder, but he appeared in just five games before going on the disabled list April 11 with a groin injury. He then tore a hip flexor while on a minor league rehab assignment. Cain hopes to begin another rehab assignment next week.

Los Angeles: RHP Jered Weaver (back strain) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session before Friday's game. According to manager Mike Scioscia, the session might "fold into" a simulated game if the Angels decide Weaver needs to throw to hitters. It could be the final step before Weaver rejoins the rotation next week. ... RHP Ervin Santana's erratic performance this season is a cause for concern for the Angels, but his inconsistency even extends within games. Santana has an 8.24 ERA in odd-numbered innings and a 2.73 ERA in even-numbered innings.

Minnesota: RHP P.J. Walters, who didn't inform the Twins he was injured until after he allowed four hits to open Wednesday's game while throwing 80 mph, went on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. "Obviously he's trying to pitch through something, and that's not a good way to go about it," manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... With the bullpen having worked all nine innings Wednesday, RH reliever Lester Oliveros was called up to add an extra arm. Oliveros, 24, was a combined 2-2 with six saves and a 2.70 ERA in 25 appearances for Class AA New Britain (Conn.) and Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.).

New York: LF Brett Gardner won't need surgery on his strained right elbow, and he could be back with the Yankees in three to four weeks, the team announced. Gardner was examined by two specialists this week, and he received an injection of platelet-rich plasma. ... RH reliever David Robertson was activated from the disabled list after missing 28 games with a strained left side muscle. The Yankees cleared a roster spot by optioning RH reliever David Phelps to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.). Phelps was 1-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 13 games (two starts).

Oakland: OF Yoenis Cespedes sat out for the fifth time in six games due to a left hamstring strain, but manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes would be able to serve as the designated hitter when the A's open a weekend series at home against the Padres. Cespedes returned Wednesday but left in the second inning after aggravating the injury. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy played catch, and the club will have a better idea Friday if he can avoid the disabled list. An MRI showed no structural damage to his right shoulder, but he'll miss his next start, which had been pushed back from Wednesday to Saturday.

Seattle: Franklin Gutierrez made his season debut after missing 64 games due to a pectoral and foot injuries. He played center field, with Michael Saunders moving to left. Manager Eric Wedge said he would maintain that alignment when Gutierrez and Saunders play in the same game. ... RHP Hector Noesi, who had allowed 12 runs in his previous two starts, gave up just a solo homer in seven innings Wednesday against the Padres. However, he wound up losing 1-0, leaving him 2-4 with a 3.20 ERA in six Safeco Field starts this year. He is 0-3 with an 8.15 ERA in seven road starts.

Tampa Bay: The Rays sent 3B Evan Longoria and IF Jeff Keppinger to Class AAA Durham (N.C.) to begin rehab assignments. Keppinger, sidelined since May 19 due to a broken right big toe, is scheduled to play designated hitter Friday, then play in the field Saturday. Longoria, out since May 1 due to a partial tear of his left hamstring, will make his rehab debut as the DH on Saturday. ... DH Luke Scott, who hadn't played since June 8 due to a stiff lower back, was placed on the disabled list after the game. The team will announce a roster replacement Friday.

Texas: RHP Justin Grimm, 23, will have his contract purchased from Class AA Frisco (Texas) in time for him to make his big-league debut Saturday against the Astros. Grimm, a fifth-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Georgia, went 8-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 13 starts for Frisco this season. ... The Rangers will clear a roster spot for Grimm by placing RH reliever Koji Uehara on the disabled list, retroactive to June 10, due to a strained right back muscle. GM Jon Daniels said Uehara is unlikely to resume throwing for two weeks, but the timetable was uncertain.

Toronto: 1B David Cooper is in an 0-for-15 slide, including 0-for-9 on the current homestand. However, he has had multi-hit games in six of his 15 starts since being recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas on May 25. ... LH reliever Aaron Laffey finally got into a game Wednesday in his third stint with the Blue Jays, allowing two solo homers in three innings against Washington. He had been recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas twice previously but was sent back to the minors without seeing action.
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