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MLB roundup: Chapman's return to Reds on hold

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Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been slowly working his way back from being hit in the face by a line drive in spring training, but he struggled in his last two rehab games, which could delay his return to the majors.

Entering this week, Reds manager Bryan Price had targeted Friday as Chapman's return date. Price was now more noncommittal.

Chapman made 21 pitches and was tagged for three runs and three hits in one-third of an inning, with one walk and one strikeout on Wednesday afternoon. The previous night, while throwing 33 pitches, Chapman lasted only two-thirds of an inning and gave up five runs and four hits with one walk, one hit batter, one wild pitch and one strikeout. He has allowed eight runs and seven hits in one full inning of work for Triple-A Louisville.

---The New York Yankees announced Thursday that 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Torre, who won four World Series titles as manager, will have his uniform No. 6 retired.

Torre, currently serving as MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, spent 12 seasons as manager of the Yankees (1996-2007). He guided the team to six World Series appearances (1996, '98-2001, '03) and four World Series championships (1996, '98-2000).

Torre compiled a 1,173-767 (.605) regular-season record and a 76-47 (.618) postseason mark during his Yankees tenure, leading the club to the playoffs in each year that he managed the team. While with the organization, Torre went 21-11 in the World Series, 27-14 in the ALCS and 28-22 in the ALDS. His regular-season wins total is second in club history to only Joe McCarthy, who went 1,460-867 (.627) over 16 seasons.

Torre's number will be retired during a ceremony in Monument Park on Saturday, Aug. 23. He will become the 18th player or manager in team history to have his number retired.

---The Detroit Tigers will move up the starting time of their Monday, Sept. 8 game as a result of the NFL scheduling the Detroit Lions for the Week 1 opener on the same night.

To accommodate all fans attending the Tigers and Lions games, first pitch for the Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park has been changed to 4:08 p.m. ET from 7:10 p.m. The Lions open the regular season against the New York Giants at 7:10 p.m. in an ESPN nationally televised game at Ford Field.

---Desperately seeking help in the infield, the Texas Rangers called up 20-year-old Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas from Double-A Frisco on Tuesday.

With Jurickson Profar (shoulder) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (back) on the 60-day disabled list and Donnie Murphy bothered by a neck injury, the Rangers are particularly thin at second base. Murphy was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he hurt his neck while tripping at first base during Wednesday's game. He is batting .211 with one homer and seven RBIs n 26 games.

The Rangers also designated infielder Josh Wilson and pitcher Scott Baker for assignment and purchased the contract of pitcher Justin Germano from Triple-A Round Rock before Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

In 32 games this season in Double-A, Odor was batting .279 with six home runs, 17 RBIs, a .763 OPS and six stolen bases.

---The San Francisco Giants and closer Sergio Romo will delay discussions on a contract extension probably until the season ends.

The two sides are open to restarting contract talks but do not want it to get in the way of the season, reported Thursday. Romo is off to a strong start this year. He has converted all 10 save opportunities so far this year and is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

---The Philadelphia Phillies demoted reliever Shawn Camp and promoted fellow right-hander Luis Garcia on Thursday.

The 38-year-old Camp, who had been called up on April 18, gave up two earned runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He can elect free agency or accept an assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. For Garcia, it is his second recall as he appeared in one game in April. Garcia, 27, had not allowed a run in 11 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and saved six games as the closer.

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