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American League notebook -- Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Baltimore: RF Nick Markakis was held out of the lineup for the first time this season after injuring his right wrist on a ninth-inning swing Tuesday. X-rays were negative, but Markakis will be examined by a specialist Thursday. He said the wrist is swollen, and he considers himself day-to-day. ... UT Ryan Flaherty got the start in right field with Markakis out. Flaherty has started at four positions this season -- second base, third base, left field and right field. He also was identified as the club's third catcher Tuesday after C Matt Wieters was ejected.

Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia sat out a second consecutive start due to a torn muscle in his right thumb, and he is listed as day-to-day, according to manager Bobby Valentine. The team's training staff was attempting to devise a padded splint that would help minimize the pain whenever Pedroia grips and swings a bat. ... OF Darnell McDonald (strained right side muscle) worked out with the Red Sox rather than returning to Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.), where he went 0-for-8 in three rehab games during the holiday weekend. McDonald is close to rejoining the major league roster, Valentine said.

Chicago: 3B Brent Morel started a rehab assignment with Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.), but there is no set figure on the number of minor league games he'll play. Morel has been out since May 18 due to a lower back strain, and manager Robin Ventura isn't certain whether he'll regain his starting role upon his return. ... LHP John Danks had a throwing session on flat ground, and he remains on track to return from the disabled list early next week. Danks has been out since May 20 with soreness in the back of his left shoulder.

Cleveland: DH Travis Hafner is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday to repair a frayed meniscus in his right knee. Team trainer Lonnie Soloff said Hafner would be sidelined four to six weeks. Hafner was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 24. LH reliever Scott Barnes was recalled from Class AAA Columbus (Ohio), where he was 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 11 appearances. The Indians had been carrying just six relievers the past week. ... C Lou Marson missed his third consecutive game with a cut on his lip that required three stitches. C Luke Carlin has played the past three games, and he is hitless in his past 10 at-bats.

Detroit: RHP Doug Fister went on the disabled list retroactive to May 29 with a flare-up of the left side strain that sidelined him April 8-May 6. Fister had gone 0-3 with a 3.52 ERA in five starts since being activated. LHP Casey Crosby will be called up to make his major league debut Friday at Comerica Park against the Yankees. Crosby, 23, was 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA in nine starts for Class AAA Toledo (Ohio). ... 2B/OF Ryan Raburn was optioned to Class AAA after hitting .146 in 37 games. The Tigers purchased the contract of C Omir Santos from Toledo, where he hit .310 in 27 games.

Kansas City: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett found his dog using Twitter. Charlie, a Labradoodle, was missing when Brett put out the Tweet with a reward. "Find Charlie" was retweeted multiple times in Kansas City and was mentioned on sports talk radio. "We got him!" Brett tweeted Wednesday morning. "Thank you for all the support!" ... LHP Jonathan Sanchez (left biceps tendinitis) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday in his first rehab appearance for Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.). He might make one more minor league start before rejoining the Royals.

Los Angeles: An MRI exam on RHP Jered Weaver's lower back revealed a strained muscle and inflammation. The timetable for Weaver's recovery is unknown. "I want to get out there, but I'm going to work my (behind) off in between here to do whatever it takes to get me back on that mound," Weaver said. ... The Angels hadn't decided where to slot RHP Garrett Richards into the rotation as a replacement for Weaver. Richards was available for relief duty immediately after his call-up. Weaver's absence also could be minimized because the Angels are off four Thursdays in a row.

Minnesota: RHP Nick Blackburn will make another rehab start Sunday for Rochester (N.Y.) after allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings in a start for the Class AAA team Tuesday. Blackburn has been out since May 17 due to a left quadriceps strain. ... SS Brian Dozier broke out of an 0-for-14 slump with a RBI single. Dozier said he had been working with Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra over the last week to correct some bad habits with his swing. "When it's just you, you don't notice you're doing it," Dozier said, "but when somebody else points it out to you, it's as plain as day."

New York: 2B Robinson Cano struck out in both of his at-bats with the bases loaded Tuesday, including one to end the game when he represented the tying run. His rough night left the Yankees hitting .151 (8-for-53) with the bases loaded this season. "We're going to have plenty more chances, so let's see if it irons itself out," manager Joe Girardi said. ... LHP Andy Pettitte has made 133 consecutive starts for the Yankees without throwing a complete game, a franchise record. Pettitte's last complete game as a Yankee came on Aug. 9, 2003, a 2-1 loss to the Mariners.

Oakland: Yoenis Cespedes played left field for the third day in a row on his rehab assignment with Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.). He's expected to shift from center field to left field full-time when he returns to the A's on Friday at Kansas City. Cespedes, out since May 7 due to a muscle strain on the back of his left hand, has gone 3-for-9 in Class AAA. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (right shoulder strain) threw a bullpen session with no complications. He is on track to come off the disabled list Saturday to start against the Royals after missing the minimum 15 days.

Seattle: RF Ichiro Suzuki had played every inning this season before he was out of the starting lineup for the series finale at Texas. 3B Kyle Seager manned the No. 3 batting-order position that Suzuki had held in every previous game, and manager Eric Wedge said he was unsure if Suzuki would remain the No. 3 hitter moving forward. ... CF Franklin Gutierrez got four at-bats Tuesday in extended spring training in Arizona. Gutierrez, sidelined first by a torn right pectoral muscle and then by plantar fasciitis in his right heel, could begin a rehab assignment by this weekend or early next week. He might return to the Mariners by the All-Star break.

Tampa Bay: LF Desmond Jennings (sprained left knee) ran the bases and participated in sliding drills. He will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with high-A Charlotte (Port Charlotte, Fla.), then move to Class AAA Durham (N.C.) on Friday. Baring any setbacks, Jennings could rejoin the Rays next week during their three-game series at Yankee Stadium. ... 1B Carlos Pena ended an 0-for-17 drought with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Pena is 5-for-27 (.185) with three home runs and six RBI in seven games as the leadoff hitter.

Texas: Newly signed RHP Roy Oswalt is scheduled to make his first appearance as a Rangers minor-leaguer Saturday for Class AAA Round Rock (Texas), and he hopes to throw 50 to 60 pitches. Oswalt expects to make four starts before joining the major league rotation. ... RHP Neftali Feliz's rotation job might go to Oswalt before Feliz comes off the disabled list. However, the Rangers haven't officially said whether Feliz (sprained ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) will return as a starter or a reliever. "The focus is on getting Neftali healthy. The reality in this game is you just don't know what is going to happen," GM Jon Daniels said. ... The man currently filling Feliz's spot, RHP Scott Feldman, was doing little to hold onto his rotation role. In four starts, Feldman has yet to last longer than 4 2/3 innings, going 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA.

Toronto: 2B Kelly Johnson, who has been playing with a sore left hamstring, was not in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Orioles. Manager John Farrell said the move was made to give Johnson an extended break, as the team is off Thursday. ... Rajai Davis will be given more playing time in left field following LF Eric Thames' demotion to Class AAA Las Vegas, Farrell said. Davis had been in an 0-for-14 slump before going 3-for-4 Tuesday, then homering in his first at-bat Wednesday. "I think any player that's in the major leagues wants to play and contribute on a daily basis," Davis said.

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