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MLB Roundup: Ellsbury on 15-day DL, Wright plays with broken pinkie

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The Boston Red Sox placed center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

The shoulder injury that forced Ellsbury to leave Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays may be more serious than the club initially let on when it only announced a shoulder injury.

A source told ESPN.com that Ellsbury has a partially separated shoulder, which typically requires at least a month to six weeks from which to recover. However, any further damage to the shoulder could take much longer to heal, perhaps until the All-Star break.

The Red Sox said preliminary tests showed signs of a partial dislocation.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay that he would not speculate on how long Ellsbury would be out. It is not known whether he will need surgery.

Ellsbury was injured on an inning-ending double play by Dustin Pedroia in the bottom of the fifth. As Ellsbury slid into second base, Rays shortstop Reid Brignac landed on him.

Before leaving the game, Ellsbury was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Ellsbury was taken to a hospital to be evaluated and Cody Ross replaced him in center field.

The Red Sox went on to win the home opener 12-2.

Prospect Che-Hsuan Lin was called up from Class AAA Pawtucket to replace Ellsbury's roster spot.

Ross, Lin and Ryan Sweeney would fill the void at center with Ellsbury out.

Ellsbury hit .321 with 32 home runs, 105 RBI and 39 steals last year.

--New York Mets third baseman David Wright will play with a broken right pinkie finger.

Wright was in the lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday after missing Friday's game with the injury.

Wright tested out the finger in a batting cage during Friday's game, increased activities before Saturday's contest and decided to play instead of going on the disabled list, according to ESPN.com.

"Obviously how it feels after the game is a pretty good indication how it's going to feel for the short term," Wright said. "I'm sure it's going to be a little sore and a little stiff afterward. It will be good to get in there and just prove to myself that this is something I can play through. I wouldn't go out there and play if it was a coin flip how I felt. I feel pretty good, and I feel close enough to where I can go out there and help the team more than I could hurt it."

The Mets called up in infielder Josh Satin from Class AAA Buffalo as reinforcement in case Wright has a setback.

Wright injured the finger diving back to first base on a pick-off play Monday night.

Before Friday's game, Wright said he could not grip a bat with the hand because the finger was so swollen.

Wright said on Saturday he would try sliding feet first or with a closed fist. The injury should not affect his throwing. He will wear a splint over the finger when he's not playing.

--New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez became the youngest to reach 630 home runs on Friday, belting it in the third inning of a 5-0 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

The homer tied Rodriguez with Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth all-time.

Rodriguez trails Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (660).

Rodriguez hit his 630th at 36 years, 261 days, according to MLB.com. Ruth hit his 630th at 37 years, 127 days on June 12, 1932.

--San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain threw his third career complete-game one hitter on Friday, a 5-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cain struck out 11 with no walks.

He is tied with Mark Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez and Tim Hudson among active pitchers with the most shutouts of one or no hits allowed, MLB.com reported.

It also ties Cain in Giants history with Carl Hubbell and Phil Douglass for the second most in the live-ball era. Juan Marichal pitched four complete games with one or no hits allowed.

Cain's perfect game bid was broken up in the sixth inning when Pirates pitcher James McDonald singled with two outs.

--Washington Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel returned from the 15-day disabled list and outfielder Brett Carroll was designated for assignment on Saturday, the club announced.

Ankiel went on the DL with a left quad injury on April 3, retroactive to March 28. He was 8-for-20 with a double, three home runs and seven RBI in a four-game rehab assignment at Class AA Harrisburg.

Carroll was just 0-for-2 with two runs scored in five games with the Nationals.

--The Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers and transferred right-hander Scott Baker to the 60-day disabled list, the club announced on Saturday.

Thomas was designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. He has a career .253 batting average with eight home runs and 48 RBI in four seasons, all with Detroit.

Baker is expected to miss the rest of the season with a right (throwing) elbow injury.

--The Minnesota Twins optioned outfielder Ben Revere to Class AAA Rochester on Saturday to make room for Clete Thomas, the club announced.

Thomas was picked up off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and will be in uniform for Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers.

Revere hit .182 in four games with the Twins.

--The Colorado Rockies activated outfielder Charlie Blackmon from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Class AAA Colorado Springs, the club announced on Saturday.

Blackmon was placed on the DL on April 4, retroactive to March 26, with turf toe.

The 25-year-old hit .233 in 30 spring at-bats.

The Rockies have 39 active players on their 40-man roster, not including three others on the 15-day disabled list.

--Toronto Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos is scheduled to be activated from the paternity list on Sunday.

Santos was scheduled to be available on Saturday but was given an additional day off, MLB.com reported.

Santos has not thrown since collecting a save on Wednesday.

He has missed two games to be with his wife in California while she gave birth on Thursday to the couple's third child, a boy.

Manager John Farrell said the club will have to make a decision on what to do with Evan Crawford when Santos returns. Crawford was called up from Class AA New Hampshire in place of Santos, but the Blue Jays will need to make a roster change when Santos is activated.
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