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MLB roundup: Bad news for two Yankees infielders

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira returned to the disabled list Tuesday, with a right wrist injury suffered against the Los Angeles Angels, according to WFAN.

The Yankees also announced that Infielder Kevin Youkilis is scheduled for back surgery to repair a herniated disk on Thursday that will keep him off the field for 10 to 12 weeks.

Teixeira took two at-bats Saturday before he asked to be removed from the game. Less than two hours later, he was on a flight to New York, where he saw the Yankees' team physician. He was diagnosed with inflammation in his right wrist -- not directly related to the torn tendon sheath

Back issues have plagued Youkilis, 34, the past few seasons. He was on the disabled list and missed a month earlier this year before he returned and reinjured the back while making a defensive play at first base last week.

--The City of San Jose, Calif., filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that Major League Baseball is stonewalling a vote by team owners that might allow the Oakland Athletics to move 40 miles south to San Jose.

The suit disputes MLB's federal antitrust exemption.

The San Francisco Giants oppose the Athletics' potential move on the grounds that their territorial rights to the San Jose area were confirmed when they were constructing AT&T Park.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig appointed a committee more than four years ago to study such a move by the A's. San Jose made a request to Selig in 2010 that the A's be allowed to relocate.

"It's time for someone to take on this supposed baseball exemption from antitrust laws," said attorney Phil Gregory of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, which is representing the city. "The City of San Jose is a perfect candidate to make that challenge."

--A bus carrying the Elizabethton Twins, the rookie-league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, was involved in a fatal accident Tuesday morning, though the team said none of the passengers were injured, according to multiple reports.

Thirty players and one coach were traveling on I-95 North from Fort Myers, Fla., to Elizabethton, Tenn., when a car approached heading in the wrong direction. Sgt. Dylan Bryan of the Florida Highway Patrol said in a report that both vehicles swerved to avoid a collision, but car hit head-on. The driver of the car was killed.

The E-Twins play in the Appalachian League. They open their season Thursday.

--Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, after his rehab assignment went better than expected.

Ruiz, 34, was originally scheduled to return Friday, but convinced the Phillies that he's ready. He's been out since May 19 with a right hamstring strain. He served a 25-game suspension at the beginning of the season for testing positive for a stimulant.

--Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was cleared to resume workouts with a goal of gradually increasing intensity to gauge how his ailing left knee responds.

Harper, 20, is batting .287 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs. He began his current stint on the disabled list on June 1 and hasn't played since May 26.

Harper has bursitis in his left knee and reportedly received a cortisone shot and platelet-rich plasma after visiting orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Florida. He's expected to begin jogging and light weight-bearing activities before advancing to more stringent baseball-related activities.

--Atlanta Braves backup catcher Evan Gattis landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right oblique strain.

Gattis, 26, suffered the injury on a check-swing during Monday's win over the Mets. He is hitting .252 with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs in 53 games. He was the Braves' starter until Brian McCann returned from offseason shoulder surgery on May 6.

Veteran Gerald Laird will be McCann's backup while Gattis is out. He started the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

--Right-hander Roy Oswalt will make his first start for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday against the Nationals in Washington.

The veteran signed with the Rockies on May 2 and was impressive in the minor leagues. In five starts for Double-A Tulsa, Oswalt had a 2.16 ERA in 33 1/3 innings with seven walks and 25 strikeouts. In his last outing on Friday, Oswalt pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings.

The 35-year-old Oswalt struggled in 2012 with the Texas Rangers, going 4-3 with an 5.80 ERA in 59 innings after he signed by the team during the season.

--The Cleveland Indians recalled third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus.

The lefty has hit well since last month's demotion, batting .390 with six home runs and 26 RBI. He has appeared in 26 games for the Indians this season, batting .213 with three homers in 94 at-bats.

--The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed pitcher Jose Contreras to a minor league deal. The righty was released by the team last week, but returned quickly. He will report to Triple-A Indianapolis.
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