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MLB Roundup: Player says MLB bullied him, Tigers' Sanchez skips start

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A witness in Major League Baseball's lawsuit against Florida clinic Biogenesis claims he was bullied by the league, according to an ESPN report.

The attorney for Carlos Acevedo, who was named in the suit, claims MLB investigators intimidated his client and other witnesses.

The league has focused on the clinic in its performance-enhancing drugs investigation. Several players, including the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun and New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez have been linked to the clinic. Acevedo's attorney, Martin Beguiristain, filed a motion to have his client dismissed from the lawsuit, claiming the league has acted inappropriately.

Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, Acevedo and three others were named as witnesses in MLB's lawsuit, which was filed in March. Beguiristain claims the suit is frivolous and said his client will not cooperate with the investigation.

MLB seeks to suspend players with ties to Biogenesis.

---Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez will miss Sunday's scheduled start against the visiting Cleveland Indians with shoulder stiffness. The Tigers will call up left-hander Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Toledo to start in Sanchez's place.

It is not clear if Sanchez, 6-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 12 starts, will be placed on the disabled list. Alvarez is 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 12 starts for Class AAA Toledo.

---The Colorado Rockies are expected to designate right-hander Jon Garland for assignment as part of a series of roster moves, according to the Denver Post.

Garland, 33, is 4-6 with a 5.82 ERA in 12 starts. The move is reportedly being made to make room for lefty Jeff Francis, who was due to come off the disabled list Saturday to start against the San Diego Padres.

Francis is 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA in eight starts. He is starting in place of injured Tyler Chatwood, who is likely missing just one start. Francis will technically take Garland's spot in the rotation.

The club also recalled outfielder Tyler Colvin from Class AAA Colorado Springs, who will most likely replace outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who is believed headed for the disabled list.

---Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens is expected to miss another 10-12 weeks after having shoulder surgery on Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Karstens has been out all season due to right shoulder inflammation. He was shut down after making two minor league rehab starts in May. He subsequently opted to have rotator cuff and labrum surgery.

Karstens was 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 90 2/3 innings last year, including 15 starts and four relief outings.

---The Cleveland Indians placed right-handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger sprain, retroactive to June 3 so he is eligible to come off the DL on June 18.

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco was recalled from Class AAA Columbus to take McAllister's roster spot and start Saturday's game against the host Detroit Tigers.

McAllister has had soreness in the finger during his last few starts. He is 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts this year.

Carrasco is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and one save in 10 appearances, nine of them starts. He allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in a previous start for the Indians on April 9 against the New York Yankees.

---The Baltimore Orioles activated relief pitcher Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list after being sidelined with a lower back strain.

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters Strop is ready to rejoin the bullpen as the Orioles continue their series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Strop has a 6.11 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings.

Baltimore optioned left-hander Mike Belfiore to Class AAA Norfolk after Friday night's loss to Tampa Bay to make roster room.

Showalter also said second baseman Brian Roberts will probably stay with the team as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He had been working out at the Orioles' facilities in Sarasota, Fla. He hopes to return before the All-Star break in July.

---New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey left Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning with lower back tightness..

With the score tied 1-1, Harvey was unable to start the inning after warmups. He left for the dugout after manager Terry Collins and trainer Brian Chicklo checked on him.

Harvey allowed one run on six hits through seven innings. He is 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA this year.

---The New York Mets called up right-handed reliever David Aardsma from Class AAA Las Vegas, and then optioned fellow right-hander Collin McHugh Las Vegas.

Aardsma, 31, has a 1.12 ERA with 11 strikeouts in eight innings with Las Vegas.

A former closer, Aardsma signed a minor league deal with the Mets in May after opting out of his contract with the Miami Marlins.

Before having Tommy John surgery in 2011, Aardsma had been a closer for the Seattle Mariners. He had a 2.90 ERA with 69 saves combined in 2009 and '10 for Seattle.
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