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American League team-by-team notebook -- Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Baltimore: The Orioles were close to finalizing a deal with LHP Randy Wolf, MLB.com, MASNSports.com and the Baltimore Sun reported. Wolf, 36, was released by the Brewers last week after going 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA in 24 starts. ... RHP Jason Hammel, out since having arthroscopic right knee surgery in mid-July, is expected to make a rehab start Saturday for high-A Frederick (Md.). If all goes well, he might return to the major league rotation for a Sept. 6 start against the Yankees.

Boston: RHP Zach Stewart, acquired in the June trade that sent 3B Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox, will make his Red Sox debut Wednesday against the Angels. Stewart, 25, has gone 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 11 starts for Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). He went 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games (one start) for Chicago earlier this season. ... CF Jacoby Ellsbury, formerly the leadoff man, has batted third in three of the past four games with DH David Ortiz on the disabled list and 1B Adrian Gonzalez having been dealt to the Dodgers. Ellsbury had never started in the No. 3 spot in his career before Aug. 21.

Chicago: RHP Gavin Floyd, who left his Sunday start after two innings, was placed on the disabled list due to a right elbow flexor strain. He had been on the DL in July with tendinitis in the same elbow. "Once he starts saying it wasn't feeling right, you just don't like to send him back out there," manager Robin Ventura said. ... RHP Dylan Axelrod was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.), and he will start Wednesday at Baltimore. He was 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 10 games (six starts) for the White Sox earlier this season, and he was 7-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 16 starts for Charlotte.

Cleveland: RHP Roberto Hernandez will throw his regular bullpen session Wednesday, testing his sprained right ankle. Hernandez had to leave his Monday start in the third inning with the injury. Manager Manny Acta said the Indians are cautiously optimistic Hernandez won't miss his next start. ... LH reliever Chris Seddon replaced Hernandez on Monday and threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings. "That's what attracted us to him when he was at Triple-A: He doesn't back down and can throw four pitches over the plate," Acta said.

Detroit: 3B Miguel Cabrera was back in the starting lineup after missing one game due to a sore right ankle. Sunday's game against the Angels was the first Cabrera had sat out all season. ... LHP Drew Smyly has made just one relief appearance in his two-year pro career, but he believes he can make a successful transition to the bullpen. "I don't think it would take me long to get ready to go out and throw," he said.

Kansas City: LHP Bruce Chen will start Wednesday against the Tigers despite rolling his ankle Monday at Boston during pregame drills. "He's fine," manager Ned Yost said. In his career against Detroit, Chen is 4-5 with a 6.10 ERA in 15 games (13 starts). ... Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.) LHP Chris Dwyer, one of the Royals' top pitching prospects, has been shut down. "It's not arm-related," assistant GM of player development J.J. Picollo said. "He's lost 15 pounds. He is not looking good." The Royals will run tests on Dwyer, 24, to determine a cause of the weight loss.

Los Angeles: LHP C.J. Wilson will take an 11-start winless streak to the mound when he faces the Red Sox on Wednesday. Wilson is 0-5 with a 6.09 ERA in that span, and the Angels have lost eight of the 11 games. ... OF Peter Bourjos started a rehab assignment with Class AAA Salt Lake (Salt Lake City) on Monday, going 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. Bourjos is on the disabled list with a sore right wrist that has been a problem since spring training, when he was hit by a pitch during bunting practice. He might have surgery on the wrist during the offseason.

Minnesota: CF Denard Span was scratched from the lineup due to a sore shoulder. Ben Revere moved from right field to center field and took over the leadoff spot. ... The Twins reported that RHP Liam Hendriks on Monday became the first Minnesota pitcher to go nine innings in a 1-0 loss since Scott Erickson was beaten by Boston's Roger Clemens on July 18, 1992. Hendriks, 21-9 in Class AA and Class AAA in 2011 and 2012 combined, is 0-9 as a major-leaguer.

New York: 1B Mark Teixeira, who sustained a Grade 1 strain of his left calf in Monday's game, said Tuesday he hopes he won't be out for more than a week, but he acknowledged he could miss two weeks. Teixeira will not need a disabled-list stint because rosters expand Saturday. ... 3B Alex Rodriguez (fractured left hand) took live batting practice before the game, the first time he had done so since sustaining the injury. He's scheduled to do so again Wednesday, and manager Joe Girardi said he thought Rodriguez would need to go on a rehab assignment during the minor league postseason before returning in September. ... 1B/3B Casey McGehee was demoted to low-A Charleston (S.C.) to make room for newly acquired 1B/OF Steve Pearce. The team chose Charleston because it is not in line for a postseason spot after its season ends Sept. 3, allowing the Yankees to recall McGehee quickly.

Oakland: OF Coco Crisp was out of the starting lineup with a bruised right foot, and he is considered day-to-day. Crisp fouled a ball off foot on the first pitch of his third-inning at-bat Monday at Cleveland. ... SS Stephen Drew got his first start in the leadoff spot since coming to the A's in a trade with Arizona on Aug. 20. Drew batted .156 (10-for-64) with a .247 on-base percentage in 16 games as the Diamondbacks' leadoff man this season.

Seattle: RHP Felix Hernandez has thrown five shutouts, the most in the majors this year, and he has four 1-0 complete-game wins in his last 12 starts. Yankees LHP CC Sabathia is the only other active big-league pitcher with four 1-0 complete-game wins in his career. ... OF Michael Saunders (groin) has missed four consecutive starts after colliding with teammate Eric Thames in the outfield Friday in Chicago. Saunders took batting practice and did some throwing before Monday's game.

Tampa Bay: IF Sean Rodriguez won't need surgery to repair his right hand, which he broke when he punched a locker after Sunday's game with Class AAA Durham (N.C.). He hopes to be available for a recall to the Rays in mid-September. ... RHP Jeff Niemann, out since mid-May with a broken right leg, is scheduled to return for a Saturday start at Toronto. In his final rehab start, Niemann was struck on the right hand by a line drive, but X-rays were negative.

Texas: C Mike Napoli's return was likely pushed back beyond Sept. 1 by an unimpressive trip around the bases. Napoli, out since Aug. 11 because of a strained left quadriceps, did not run well in a pregame workout Monday. According to manager Ron Washington, Napoli "couldn't push it into second gear." ... RH relievers Alexi Ogando, Mike Adams and Joe Nathan retired all nine batters they faced over the final three innings Monday. Each of them struck out two in a scoreless inning. "The bullpen was not going to let us not win that game," Washington said.

Toronto: RF Jose Bautista will have season-ending surgery on his left wrist, which he first injured July 16. He returned from the disabled list Friday but played only one full game, leaving Saturday's game after one plate appearance when he aggravated the injury. He faces three to four months of rehab but is expected to be ready for spring training. ... RH reliever Marcus Stroman, a first-round draft pick in June, received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a prohibited stimulant. Stroman, 21, was 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA in a combined 15 appearances for short-season Vancouver (British Columbia) and Class AA (Manchester) New Hampshire. ... C J.P. Arencibia (fractured right hand) has started workouts in Dunedin, Fla. Arencibia, who was hurt July 25, is not expected to return to the majors until mid-September.
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