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American League notebook -- Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Baltimore: 2B Robert Andino will miss three to four weeks after straining his left shoulder diving for a ball Sunday. He went on the disabled list, and the Orioles recalled LHP Zach Britton from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) for his first major league start of the season. Britton, 24, was 5-1 with a 3.47 ERA in 10 minor league starts this year. He made 28 starts for Baltimore last year, going 11-11 with a 4.61 ERA. ... RH reliever Miguel Socolovich, who allowed four runs in four innings over two appearances, was optioned to Norfolk. The Orioles purchased the contract of RHP Brad Bergesen, who was 4-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA in 22 games (10 starts) in Class AAA.

Boston: An MRI of DH David Ortiz's right Achilles tendon found no strains or tears, but Ortiz will be sidelined at least a week with his foot in a walking boot. He was hurt Monday while rounding second base on 1B Adrian Gonzalez's eighth-inning homer. ... The Red Sox are converting back from a six-man rotation to a five-man rotation, with LHP Franklin Morales getting bumped to the bullpen. Morales went 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts over the past month. Through Monday, he was 0-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 23 relief appearances.

Chicago: RHP Gavin Floyd was hoping to avoid the disabled list, but he landed there due to ongoing trouble with tendinitis in his pitching elbow and forearm. RHP Philip Humber, who had been out exactly a month due to a right elbow flexor strain, was activated from DL and started at Boston. ... RH reliever Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) is expected to make a rehab appearance for Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.) this week. He might be able to rejoin the White Sox for their series against Minnesota that begins Monday.

Cleveland: Manager Manny Acta shook up his batting order the past two nights, installing CF Michael Brantley as the cleanup man. C/DH Carlos Santana hit seventh Monday and sixth Tuesday, and DH Travis Hafner batted sixth Monday before sitting out the start Tuesday. Either Hafner or Santana had manned the No. 4 spot for the bulk of the season. ... Due in large part to RH reliever Vinnie Pestano and RH closer Chris Perez, the Indians were 17-0 when leading after six innings on the road through Monday. "I don't know what we'd do without those two. They've been huge for us," Acta said.

Detroit: RH reliever Luis Marte was optioned back to Class AAA Toledo (Ohio) to make room for Tuesday's starter, RHP Jacob Turner. Marte had a 3.63 ERA in 10 appearances this year. ... Nick Castellanos, the Tigers' top position-player prospect, isn't likely to be brought up this year, according to manager Jim Leyland. Castellanos, a shortstop in high school but a third baseman since Detroit drafted him 44th overall in 2010, was shifted to right field last week. The 20-year-old had hit a combined .365 with a .407 on-base percentage for high-A Lakeland (Fla.) and Class AA Erie (Pa.) through Monday.

Kansas City: LHP Jonathan Sanchez, 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts, was designated for assignment. He allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings Monday against Seattle. The Royals acquired Sanchez from the Giants in November for OF Melky Cabrera, who was selected the All-Star Game MVP last week. LHP Ryan Verdugo, also acquired in the Cabrera trade, was recalled from Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.) and started Tuesday. ... RH reliever Vin Mazzaro was recalled for the third time from Omaha. OF Jason Bourgeois, who hit .333 (11-for-33) in 19 games, was optioned to Class AAA.

Los Angeles: RHP Dan Haren (back) went five innings Monday in a rehab start for high-A Inland Empire (San Bernardino, Calif.), and he joined the Angels in Detroit the next day. He will throw a bullpen session Wednesday or Thursday, and he'll likely rejoin the major league rotation Sunday. ... RHP Garrett Richards was called up from Class AAA Salt Lake (Salt Lake City) to start against the Tigers. Richards was sent down July 6 after going 2-1 with a 4.21 ERA in seven games (six starts). IF Andrew Romine, 4-for-6 in four games with the Angels since his June 18 call-up, was optioned to Salt Lake.

Minnesota: RH closer Matt Capps was unavailable due to renewed right shoulder discomfort. He had just returned from the disabled list Friday after sitting out 20 days due to shoulder inflammation. Capps was due to be evaluated by team doctors. ... RHP Carl Pavano (anterior capsular strain in right shoulder) had a long-toss session Tuesday, and he is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday for the first time since he went on the DL in early June. Pavano isn't expected to rejoin the Twins before August.

New York: OF Darnell McDonald, who went 0-for-4 in four games with the Yankees after he was claimed off waivers from Boston, was designated for assignment. The move cleared a spot for the return of LHP CC Sabathia from the disabled list. Sabathia missed three weeks with a groin strain. ... RH reliever Joba Chamberlain, attempting a comeback from Tommy John surgery and a torn ankle ligament, reached 98 mph and struck out two in a perfect inning in his third rehab game in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Chamberlain's next appearance is slated for Saturday, possibly for high-A Tampa.

Oakland: OF Coco Crisp remained out of the lineup for the third game in a row due to left shoulder soreness. Crisp, who injured the shoulder Friday in his first at-bat, is considered day-to-day. ... OF Collin Cowgill, who had been out since June 23 due to a sprained left ankle, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.). In 32 games with Oakland, Cowgill hit .271 with one homer and nine RBI.

Seattle: RH reliever Steve Delabar was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma (Wash.) to clear a roster spot for RHP Blake Beavan, who was recalled to start at Kansas City. Delabar was 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 games. Beavan had gone 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA in six starts for Tacoma since his mid-June demotion. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez will get one or two more bullpen sessions as he works to come back from a right elbow strain. Manager Eric Wedge said Ramirez probably would need one or two starts on a rehab assignment before rejoining the Mariners.

Tampa Bay: RF Matt Joyce, who had been out for four weeks due to side and lower back strains, was activated from the disabled list and started in the cleanup position. IF Will Rhymes was optioned to Class AAA Durham (N.C.) after hitting .233 in 45 games with Tampa Bay. Since May 28, he batted .175 (10-for-57). ... RHP James Shields' name popped up in Internet trade rumors, but manager Joe Maddon downplayed the possibility of any deal. "You want to stay as strong as you possibly can; you're not looking to lose people. I like the idea of maintaining the core of the group," Maddon said.

Texas: RH reliever Alexi Ogando, who missed five weeks due to a strained groin, was activated from the disabled list. He went to the bullpen, even though his last appearance before he was hurt was his first start of the season. The Rangers opened a roster spot by putting C Yorvit Torrealba on the paternity list. Torrealba was headed for Florida for the birth of a child. ... RHP Colby Lewis, out since June 24 because of right forearm tendinitis, is scheduled to be activated Wednesday for a start at Oakland. He has not made a rehab start, but he has thrown multiple bullpen sessions.

Toronto: RF Jose Bautista, who was tied for second in the majors with 27 home runs, went on the disabled list due to left wrist inflammation. The timetable for his return was uncertain. He was hurt while swinging the bat in the eighth inning Monday. OF Anthony Gose, 21, was called up from Class AAA Las Vegas, where he was hitting .292 with a .375 on-base percentage and 29 steals in 92 games. ... 3B Brett Lawrie was moved from first in the batting order to third, Bautista's usual spot. Lawrie had been the leadoff man in 35 of the Blue Jays' previous 36 games. LF Rajai Davis took over in the No. 1 position.
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