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National League notebook -- Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Arizona: C Konrad Schmidt was promoted from Class AAA Reno to add catching depth in the short-term absence of C Miguel Montero (left groin), and LHP Patrick Corbin was optioned to Reno. Montero was forced to leave Monday's game when he was injured while chasing a foul pop in the sixth inning. He is out through today, manager Kirk Gibson said. ... RHP Daniel Hudson (shoulder) threw 71 pitches in five innings in a rehab start at Reno on Monday and had no setbacks. He is on course to be activated for a start on Sunday.

Atlanta: C Brian McCann was scratched from the lineup because of flu-like symptoms, and 3B Chipper Jones (bruised left leg) remained out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. Jones said he hopes to return in a day or two. ... RHP Jair Jurrjens has had two shaky outings at Class AAA Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) since his demotion. Monday, he gave up seven runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings. But manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he felt better after talking with Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage: "Brundy was encouraged. Stuff that you guys don't see on the line score. His velocity was up. I think they had him a couple of times at 93 (mph), which we hadn't seen here. So there is some progress there."

Chicago: LHP Travis Wood was recalled from Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa to start Tuesday's game, and C Welington Castillo was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 19, with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. ... 1B Bryan LaHair, a left-handed hitter, was not the lineup against Astros LHP J.A. Happ after going 1-for-19 with nine strikeouts over his previous six games. Rookie C Blake Lalli was in the lineup for his first major league start. Lalli came up from Iowa last week.

Cincinnati: LH closer Aroldis Chapman, arrested early Monday for speeding and driving with a suspended license, also is being sued for $18 million in a lawsuit that accuses him of conspiracy to detain and torture the plaintiff, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Miami, is based on the federal Alien Tort Claims Act and an anti-torture law. The suit alleges that when Chapman, who defected from Cuba, was back in Cuba, he and his father worked with Cuban security forces to help in the arrest, imprisonment and torture of another Cuban who lives in Florida. ... Caleb Lloyd, the fan who caught RHP Mike Leake's and SS Zack Cozart's back-to-back home runs balls Monday, returned to Great American Ball Park as the Reds' honorary captain for Tuesday's game. ... RH reliever Nick Masset (shoulder) was hoping to be cleared to start throwing by the end of this week. "They don't want to me do anything until I don't feel anything in there," said Masset, whose previous attempt to start a comeback was cut short after five throws in mid-April.

Colorado: 3B Chris Nelson (left wrist) played five innings and went hitless in three at-bats Monday in the first game of a rehab assignment at Class AAA Colorado Springs. He is eligible to return May 30. ... In his nine starts, LHP Jamie Moyer is averaging an inefficient 17.5 pitches per inning. However, his 3 2/3-inning outing Monday was his shortest of the season. Moyer has allowed seven home runs in 48 2/3 innings, but before Miami RF Giancarlo Stanton's grand slam Monday, the only one of the previous six homers that wasn't a solo shot was the two-run homer by Houston's J.D. Martinez on April 7.

Houston: CF Jordan Schafer was back in the lineup three days after he strained his lower right leg diving for an inside-the-park home run by the Rangers' David Murphy. Schafer had declared himself ready on Monday, but manager Brad Mills decided to wait one more day. ... RHP Armando Galarraga, whose career has headed south since losing a perfect game in 2010 because of a missed call by first-base umpire Jim Joyce, signed a minor league deal with the Astros. GM Jeff Luhnow said he expects Galarraga to join Class AAA Oklahoma City within about a week. Oklahoma City had an opening after the Astros sold RHP Henry Sosa to the Korean League.

Los Angeles: SS Dee Gordon returned to the lineup after getting benched for three games following a 2-for-31 slump. Gordon hit eighth, the first time this season he has batted anywhere but leadoff. ... 2B Mark Ellis had to have a second surgery Monday to drain his swollen left leg, two days after having an emergency fasciotomy to relieve pressure in the leg. "There will be more testing," manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com. "but they have to wait for this to heal." Ellis was told that if he had waited a few more hours before having the procedure on Saturday performed, the leg might have had to be amputated.

Miami: LHP Mark Buehrle's double off the right-field wall Monday was his second hit in 21 at-bats with the Marlins. Buehrle, who pitched his entire career in the American League before this year, is 7-for-68 (.103) lifetime with three extra-base hits. ... 2B Omar Infante, who went to his native Venezuela on Sunday after his grandfather passed away, is expected back in the lineup today. The Marlins had hoped he'd be back in time for Tuesday's game, but his flight to Miami was delayed because of bad weather. "The Sunshine State," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I've never seen the sun since I've been living here. He couldn't land in Miami."

Milwaukee: LF Ryan Braun, who left Monday's game after the 11th inning because of right groin tightness, was in the lineup Tuesday, and that enabled manager Ron Roenicke to give 1B-RF Corey Hart a day off. The groin injury bothered Braun during spring training as well. Hart had missed only one start all season, on April 11, after undergoing knee surgery during spring training. ... 1B Mat Gamel underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He will miss the rest of the season.

New York: CF Andres Torres was benched after going 1 for his last 33. He was hitless in his last 21 plate appearances. "To be honest, I haven't done what I'm supposed to do," he said. "I feel bad that I haven't performed like I've wanted. But I'm here, and I have to find a way to get on base." ... 3B David Wright entered the game with a .415 batting average, the highest by a right-handed batter through May 21 or later since Colorado's Andres Galarraga in 1993. Wright's average was the fourth highest by any player since 1980 through his team's first 42 games.

Philadelphia: SS Jimmy Rollins was placed on the paternity leave list following the birth of his first child, and C Erik Kratz was called up from Class AAA Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Pa.) to take his roster spot. Rollins can remain on leave for 24 to 72 hours. ... RHP Vance Worley won't need Tommy John surgery, Dr. James Andrews determined when Worley visited him Monday. "Immediately after he grabbed my arm he knew it wasn't Tommy John," Worley told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Now I just have to go out and get it going."

Pittsburgh: LHP Jeff Locke was returned to Class AAA Indianapolis after taking RH reliever Jason Grilli's place during a stint on the three-day bereavement list. The Pirates want Locke to continue starting in the minors. "We'll work to find a place for Jeff," manager Clint Hurdle said. ... RHP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is scheduled to make another rehab start Saturday, his second, with Class AA Altoona (Pa.). He has had no setbacks and remains on course to return in June.

St. Louis: CF Adron Chambers, recalled from Class AAA Memphis last week, got his first major league start. Chambers helped the Cardinals win a couple of games late last season and was on one of the postseason rosters. He did not start during the season although he was 3-for-8 with four RBI, three on a bases-loaded pinch triple. ... 3B David Freese was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because of his 3-for-34 slump. Freese said that he has been "flying open" with his swing. "I'm not in the right spot to make contact or do damage," he said.

San Diego: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn said he is aligning with Thomas Tull, head of one of the five groups reportedly interested in buying the Padres. "I'm going to help Tull any way I can," Gwynn said Monday. "He's the right guy to own the Padres." ... SS Andy Parrino on Monday got the first hit by a Padres shortstop in 33 at-bats dating to May 9. Padres shortstops -- Jason Bartlett (11-for-83), Parrino (5-for-42) and Everth Cabrera (0-for-14 after four starts) -- were hitting a collective .115 through Monday.

San Francisco: 1B Aubrey Huff was in the lineup for the first time since April 21, which was just before he left the team and was put on the disabled list because of an anxiety disorder. CF Angel Pagan, who missed Monday's game because of food poisoning, also was back in the lineup. ... Pitching coach Dave Righetti said RHP Tim Lincecum's troubles (6.04 ERA) are more mental than physical. "He's standing on the mound when base hits are in the outfield, not backing up bases," Righetti said. "He's not doing what he's supposed to be doing." Righetti also said Lincecum isn't throwing between starts as often as in the past.

Washington: RH reliever Chien-Ming Wang (left hamstring) was activated from the disabled list and LH reliever Ryan Mattheus (plantar fasciitis in left foot) went on the DL. Wang, 32, strained his left hamstring during his final spring training start March 15. ... RH Henry Rodriguez was taken out of the closer role by manager Davey Johnson, who said he will take a closer-by-committee approach depending on matchups. Rodriguez was taken out in the middle of the ninth inning Monday after allowing a walk and a single and throwing two wild pitches.
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