Totally Random Tournament:

American League notebook -- Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The SportsXchange

Baltimore: LF Nolan Reimold, sidelined for two weeks due to a bulging neck disk, might need a second epidural injection. Reimold said he has been dealing with left thumb and forearm tingling and left shoulder soreness, and he doesn't know whether to expect gradual or immediate improvement. ... RH reliever Matt Lindstrom was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his right middle finger, and he plans to see a specialist. He went on the disabled list Friday due to soreness in the finger.

Boston: 3B Kevin Youkilis is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.) on Wednesday. He will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday and get three at-bats, then will play the field Thursday. Barring any setbacks, he could rejoin the Red Sox in Philadelphia on Friday. ... The Red Sox honored retired RHP Tim Wakefield with a 25-minute pregame ceremony. They also cut his No. 49 into the center field grass. The knuckleballer played 19 seasons in the majors, 17 in Boston. He recorded the third-most wins (186) in team history, trailing only Roger Clemens and Cy Young (both at 192).

Chicago: RH reliever Jesse Crain was activated from the disabled list after missing 23 games due to a strained left side muscle. LHP Eric Stults was designated for assignment after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings over two appearances (one start). ... Despite going 5-for-5 in the series finale against Detroit, C A.J. Pierzynski is due for some rest in the coming days, according to manager Robin Ventura. The White Sox flew to Southern California to play the Angels, a night game Wednesday and a day game Thursday, before having to fly back to Chicago for a day game, a night game and a day game against the Cubs.

Cleveland: RF Shin-Soo Choo has gone a combined 3-for-8 with two RBI in his first two games as the leadoff hitter, and he will continue in that role, manager Manny Acta said. Choo had served as the leadoff man only twice previously in his major league career, going a combined 1-for-7 last year. ... 3B Jack Hannahan missed his second game in a row due to lower back stiffness. He sat out a game last week because of a sore left groin.

Detroit: 1B Prince Fielder owns the longest consecutive-games-played streak in the majors at 217 after Dodgers CF Matt Kemp landed on the disabled list. Fielder last missed a game Sept. 13, 2010, when he had a stomach virus. Before that, he had played 326 games in a row. ... LH reliever Daniel Schlereth is going to see shoulder specialist Tom Noonan in Denver after having to cut short a recent throwing session cut due to pain. Schlereth has not pitched since being placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 21.

Kansas City: 1B Eric Hosmer, who had batted third or fourth most of the season, has been moved up to the No. 2 slot in an effort to break him from a season-long slump. "I want to get him more fastballs. If he's behind (CF Jarrod) Dyson, if Dyson's on base, he'll get more fastballs," manager Ned Yost said. ... Yost had yet to make a decision on a starter for Friday's series opener against the Diamondbacks. The Royals need a rotation replacement for LHP Danny Duffy (elbow). The choice might depend on whether RH reliever Luis Mendoza is needed for a lengthy stint before Friday.

Los Angeles: The Angels were shut out Monday for the eighth times this season, which leads the majors and is the most in franchise history through 36 games. No team since the 1907 Brooklyn Superbas (who became the Dodgers) has been shut out more than eight times in the first 36 games of a season. ... RHP Jerome Williams is scheduled to pitch Wednesday at home against the White Sox, his first start since going 6 2/3 innings in relief after a rain delay in Texas on Friday. Williams is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA at Angel Stadium, 0-1 with a 7.16 ERA on the road this season.

Minnesota: Justin Morneau (wrist) told the Twins that he wants to return as the full-time first baseman when he is activated from the disabled list Wednesday. "Fine with me," manager Ron Gardenhire said. Morneau had been primarily a designated hitter before sitting out the past 15 days. ... 1B Chris Parmelee was optioned to Class AAA to clear a roster spot for Morneau, and he joins the other opening-day corner infielder, Danny Valencia, in Rochester (N.Y.). Parmelee hit .179 with a .250 on-base percentage, no homers and three RBI in 27 games. "I'll just go down there and clear my head, get the swing back, and hopefully be back up here," he said.

New York: RH closer David Robertson went on the disabled list with a strained left side muscle. Robertson first felt the injury during his outing Friday, but after sitting out three days, the issue lingered and an MRI revealed the strain. RH reliever Rafael Soriano will handle closing duties, and RH reliever Cody Eppley was recalled from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.). ... RHP Ivan Nova said his sprained right ankle felt better Tuesday, leaving him hopeful that he would be able to make his start Saturday against the Reds. Nova might push his bullpen session back from Wednesday to Thursday or skip it altogether, but it wouldn't impact his ability to start Saturday.

Oakland: The A's claimed RH reliever Travis Blackley off waivers from the Giants, who had designated him for assignment after he posted a 9.00 ERA in four appearances. He will fill a long-relief role. The A's will announce a corresponding move for the 25-man roster when Blackley reports Wednesday. ... DH Manny Ramirez told the San Francisco Chronicle he will be ready to join the big-league roster May 30, the day his 50-game drug suspension is due to expire. He is scheduled to begin playing for Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.) on Sunday.

Seattle: 2B Dustin Ackley extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Mariner this season. The streak, which started May 3, has been a somewhat modest one, however, with just 12 hits total in the 11 games. ... RF Ichiro Suzuki's fourth-inning and sixth-inning singles gave him 2,473 hits in his major league career, moving him up two places on the all-time list to 97th. He passed Hall of Famer Joe Medwick (2,471) and Ted Simmons (2,472).

Tampa Bay: RHP Jeff Niemann sustained a small fracture in his right fibula, just above the ankle, after being hit by a batted ball in the first inning Monday. He went on the disabled list, and he will miss at least four weeks and potentially several months. ... The Rays will need to designate a starter for Saturday's game against the Braves, but in the interim, they called up RH reliever Josh Lueke to fill Niemann's roster spot. Lueke allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in two games with Tampa Bay earlier this season, and he was 0-2 with one save and an 8.10 ERA in 11 games for Class AAA Durham (N.C.).

Texas: One day after 2B Ian Kinsler sat out for the first time this season, manager Ron Washington decided to give RF Nelson Cruz a rest -- even though Cruz had homered in each of the previous two games. Cruz was the only player on the team who hadn't missed a game all season. ... RH reliever Mike Adams, who has asthma, had some trouble catching his breath during the eighth inning Monday. He was visited on the mound by Washington, pitching coach Mike Maddux and trainer Jamie Reed. Adams, however, stayed in the game and finished the inning.

Toronto: RHP Dustin McGowan has started a throwing program in Dunedin, Fla. He has been on the disabled list all season, initially due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. More recently, he has been slowed by right shoulder soreness. ... Class AAA Las Vegas OF Travis Snider homered Tuesday, his lone hit in 18 at-bats since coming off the disabled list. Before he sat out two weeks due to a jammed right wrist, he was hitting .400 with four homers and 23 RBI in 19 games.
View Comments (0)