Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander and New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera provided some news on Sunday. Verlander likely will be sitting out the All-Star Game this year. Verlander, who started for the American League All-Star last year, is scheduled to pitch for the Tigers the Sunday before the All-Star Game and won't be ready to pitch in the July 16 game at Citi Field in New York, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday. Leyland also is the manager of the AL All-Star team. There are no guarantees that Verlander will be named to the team. He is 8-5 this season. Meanwhile, Rivera doesn't like the talk he's hearing about being named the starting pitcher for the annual All-Star Game. There is speculation that Leyland will make Rivera, who is retiring at the end of this season, the starter for the game as a tribute to the future Hall of Famer. Some fan groups are lobbying for it. But Rivera said he prefers his normal closer role. ---The Washington Nationals plan to place starting pitcher Dan Haren on the 15-day disabled list, general manager Mike Rizzo said.
The Nationals didn't give a reason or a time frame for the move, but Haren has experienced hip and back problems this season. He pitched Saturday against the Colorado Rockies and gave up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in a Nationals loss. ---Minnesota Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck. The transaction is retroactive to June 19. Pelfrey was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians. To take his spot on the roster and in the Twins' rotation, left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. ---The Chicago Cubs reinstated minor-league third baseman Ian Stewart on Saturday from a club-imposed 10-game suspension. Stewart, who is with Triple-A Iowa this season, was disciplined for violating a loyalty clause in his contract after tweeting earlier this month his displeasure about being stuck in the minor leagues. ---Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts could begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Norfolk, MLB.com reported Sunday. Roberts has intensified his workouts under the supervision of the Orioles' training staff as he recovers from right hamstring surgery. --- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez left Sunday's game against Atlanta with a shoulder injury sustained while leaping into the center-field wall to make a catch of a ball hit by Andrelton Simmons. Brewers officials said Gomez suffered a left shoulder sprain and is listed as day-to-day for now. Gomez, 27, is hitting .314 with 12 homers and 14 stolen bases in 71 games this season. ---The Kansas City Royals claimed right-handed reliever Maikel Cleto off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and designated outfielder Quintin Berry for assignment. Cleto has an 0-0 record with a 19.29 ERA in one appearance for the Cardinals this season.
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