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MLB roundup: Transfer rule clarified

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Effective immediately, Major League Baseball is reversing the new transfer rule.

Under the rule, a player was not awarded a catch if he did not cleanly transfer the ball from his glove to his throwing hand. After players and managers complained, the league decided to revert back to the old rule.

Now, if a player who catches a ball bobbles or drops it while transferring it from his glove to his throwing hand, it is considered an out. MLB, the players' union and the umpires' union decided to revert back to the former interpretation of the rule after meeting.

---A troublesome calf injury forced San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley to the disabled list on Friday.

Headley, who missed most of spring training with a right calf strain, reinjured it during Thursday's 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals while exiting the batter's box on a flyout during his second-inning at-bat. He is expected to miss two to three weeks. Also bothered by knee and biceps injuries, Headley was batting .188 with two home runs and seven RBIs through 20 games.

To take his spot on the roster, the Padres called up shortstop Jace Peterson from Double-A San Antonio. Peterson, who has yet to play in the majors, could be used as a fill-in for Headley along with Alexi Amarista. Peterson saw some playing time at third during spring training.

---Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was activated from the 15-day disabled list just in time Friday to take over for his injured replacement. Kevin Kouzmanoff, who filled in at third while Beltre was sidelined with a left quadriceps injury, was placed on the 15-day DL with a herniated disc in his lower back.

Kouzmanoff experienced lower back tightness during Tuesday's game against the Oakland A's and returned to Texas for further examination. It appears that he might need surgery. The 32-year-old batted .362 with two homers and 10 RBI in 13 games since he stepped for Beltre.

Beltre, who is hitting .286 with four RBIs this season, was in the lineup for Friday night's game against the Seattle Mariners.

---Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strained left oblique.

To replace him on the roster, the Pirates called up reliever Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night. Mark Melacon, who filled in for Grilli last year while he was injured, will take over the closer's role.

The 37-year-old Grilli had blown three of his seven save opportunities -- already equaling his season total of blown saves in 2013 -- and posted a 4.50 ERA. The 2013 All-Star has not pitched since he gave up ninth-inning home runs to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun on Saturday and Sunday.

---The rights to an article in Los Angeles Magazine about Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's journey from Cuba to the major leagues was recently acquired and will be made into a movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Jesse Katz's "Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers," which recently published, chronicles how Puig made it from Cuba to Mexico with the help of smugglers who worked for a Mexican drug cartel. The film will be produced by Brett Ratner, who has directed several big-budget movies, including the "Rush Hour" trilogy, "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Hercules," which opens in July.

Puig signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2013. He batted .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs in 104 games.

---New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran believes Major League Baseball should have more translators available for Spanish-speaking players when interacting with the media.

Beltran made the comments in light of teammate Michael Pineda admitting to reporters that he used pine tar after it was announced the right-handed pitcher was suspended 10 games.

Pineda spoke to the media in English, which is his second language. He was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Beltran asked why catcher Roman Rodriguez, who usually translates for Spanish-speaking teammates, was not there. A team spokesman told the Star-Ledger that Pineda refused Rodriguez's help because he wanted to speak English. However, one player told the newspaper that Pineda "doesn't understand a lot of the questions."
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