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MLB Roundup: No surgery for Nationals' Harper

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had "no operative procedures" during his visit Monday with orthopedist James Andrews, his agent Scott Boras told The Washington Post.

Harper was spotted at an Atlanta airport wearing a knee brace, and the photo was uploaded to Twitter. Boras said the brace was a precaution "just to keep [the] knee immobile."

Boras specifically listed arthroscopic surgery as one of the "operative procedures" Harper didn't have. The Nationals haven't released any details regarding the nature of the treatment Harper received. Harper had been diagnosed with bursitis in his left knee, an injury that developed May 13 when he crashed into the fence at Dodger Stadium. He was placed on the disabled list June 2.

---The Chicago Cubs suspended third baseman Ian Stewart without pay on Tuesday for a Twitter tirade on his status with the organization.

In a series of late-night tweets with his followers, Stewart vented on Twitter. He blamed Cubs manager Dale Sveum for his status and said the organization is letting him "rot" and "might as well release me." The rant began after a fan asked if there was "any word when you're heading back to Chicago." Stewart replied: "Probably never."

Stewart is batting .164 with Triple-A Iowa, with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 110 at-bats.

---Seattle Mariners catching prospect Mike Zunino, the third player selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, is being called to the big leagues Tuesday to help the team's depleted catching situation, according to multiple reports.

Veteran Kelly Shoppach was the only experienced catcher on the big-league roster after Jesus Montero and Jesus Sucre suffered recent injuries.

Zunino, 23, was batting .238 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs in 47 games for Triple-A Tacoma this year.

---The San Francisco Giants placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left foot.

The Giants penciled in Joaquin Arias to start at third base in Sandoval's place on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates and recalled Triple-A infielder Nick Noonan to fill the roster spot.

Sandoval, 26, is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 57 games this season

---The Milwaukee Brewers have released pitcher Clay Hensley. The righty had signed a minor-league deal with the organization last month but appeared in four games for its Triple-A affiliate.
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