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National League team-by-team notebook -- Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Arizona: C Miguel Montero worked out with Giants LF Melky Cabrera in Florida two years ago during the offseason. He said of Cabrera's suspension, "I know the guy. He works his (butt) off. I saw it. He worked as hard as anybody else. Unfortunately, he got on that poison. Pretty much all the work he did, he threw it in the garbage." ... Manager Kirk Gibson ran his team through extra bunt-fielding drills Wednesday after the D-backs committed two errors in those situations the previous night. "We have so many new players -- a new catcher, new infielders, new pitchers," he said. "It wasn't a punishment thing. It was just a review thing to make sure we're all on the same page."

Atlanta: RHP Jair Jurrjens left his rehab start for Class AAA Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) on Wednesday because of dizziness. He had thrown 43 pitches and allowed three earned runs on two hits, a walk and two strikeouts. ... LHP Paul Maholm has thrown nine consecutive quality starts dating to June 29 with the Cubs. The Cubs and Braves have won eight of his last nine starts.

Chicago: LF Alfonso Soriano said he doesn't want to be traded to the Giants, who are in the market for a left fielder with Melky Cabrera suspended. Soriano cited the cool weather in San Francisco. He can veto any trade because of his 10-and-5 rights (at least 10 years in the majors, the last five with the same team). ... CF Brett Jackson said his two-hit day Wednesday (triple and double) increased his confidence. Jackson is 6-for-32 (.188) with 18 strikeouts. He said he has been working with both hitting coach James Rowson and manager Dale Sveum. "I have a lot of confidence in what we're working on," Jackson said.

Cincinnati: RH reliever Sam LeCure (shoulder) threw in the bullpen Wednesday and felt OK. "So far, so good," manager Dusty Baker said Thursday. "He hasn't pitched yet. But he's feeling better. I'd like to stay away from him another day if I could." ... 3B Scott Rolen (back spasms) returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing five games and went 2-for-4 with a home run and double. "It was good to see Scottie come back like that," Baker said.

Colorado: 1B/OF Michael Cuddyer (strained right side) was activated from the disabled list, and 1B/OF Matt McBride was optioned to Class AAA Colorado Springs. McBride went 4-for-20 in nine games with two RBI and seven strikeouts. ... CF Dexter Fowler (back) and SS Josh Rutledge (left quadriceps) both were out of the lineup. Fowler didn't play on Saturday because of his back, and Rutledge's injury first kept him out of action Monday.

Houston: RHP Bud Norris, hit in the heel by a comebacker in his most recent start, isn't sure he'll be ready for his next outing, scheduled for Wednesday. "I really have to see how the swelling goes in the next couple of days to make an honest opinion," he said. ... RHP Kevin Comer, 20, was acquired from Toronto as the player to be named in the 10-player deal the teams completed last month. Comer, a supplemental first-round pick last season, had a 3.95 ERA and eight walks and 29 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays' rookie-level affiliate.

Los Angeles: IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. had an MRI that showed no significant damage to his left hip, but the test results will be sent to hip specialists. The earliest date Hairston is eligible to return from the disabled list is Aug. 27. ... 1B James Loney hit his third home run of the season, snapping a streak of 198 plate appearances and 67 games without a homer, dating to May 21. Dodgers first basemen have only eight home runs this season, tied for 27th in the majors through Wednesday.

Miami: IF Nick Green (sprained left thumb) was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Monday, IF Gil Velazquez was called up from Class AAA New Orleans, where he was batting .314, and OF Logan Morrison was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list to create a 40-man roster spot. ... OF Justin Ruggiano left Wednesday's game because of a strained muscle in his side. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he hoped Ruggiano could return to action Friday.

Milwaukee: RHP Shaun Marcum rejoined the Brewers, but manager Ron Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the team won't decide when Marcum will return until after his bullpen session today. Roenicke also said Marcum will be on a 75-pitch limit when he comes back. ... LF Ryan Braun, who went into Thursday batting .143 with no homers since Aug. 1, shook up his routine and took early batting practice. He said he couldn't remember the last time he did that.

New York: C Kelly Shoppach made his Mets debut, catching top prospect Matt Harvey. Hoping to shake up his stagnant lineup, manager Terry Collins used Shoppach against a right-handed starter even though he brought a .204 average against righties into the game. ... LF Jason Bay started for the second time in nine games. Bay was recently demoted from a full-time outfielder to a reserve because of his season-long slump.

Philadelphia: RHP Ryan O'Sullivan was acquired from the Dodgers to complete the trade for RHP Joe Blanton. O'Sullivan, 21, was a combined 8-6 with a 3.05 ERA at low-A Great Lakes (Midland, Mich.) and high-A Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.). ... 1B Ty Wigginton's home run Wednesday was his first extra-base hit since July 4. The multi-hit game was his first since June 26. Before Wednesday, Wigginton hadn't started a game since Aug. 2.

Pittsburgh: 2B Neil Walker was not immediately placed on the disabled list after dislocating his right pinkie Wednesday. Walker said he had a similar injury three years ago with Class AAA Indianapolis and was optimistic he could avoid DL time. ... RH reliever Chad Qualls was placed on the bereavement list, RH reliever Jared Hughes and IF/OF Jamaico Navarro were called up from Indianapolis and LH reliever Jeff Locke was optioned to Indianapolis. Qualls is dealing with an illness in his family.

St. Louis: LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list Sunday to face Pittsburgh, and rookie RHP Joe Kelly will go to the bullpen. "I've got some confidence back. ... The most important thing is my shoulder's feeling good," Garcia said. ... 3B David Freese's homer Wednesday was his first since July 31. He led the majors with a .458 average in July but was 6-for-44 (.136) with only one extra-base hit in August before his home run. "I'll be honest. It felt good," he said.

San Diego: MLB owners voted to approve the sale of the Padres to an ownership group led by the family of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and professional golfer Phil Mickelson. The group purchased the Padres for $800 million from John Moores, pending final financial approval, by Aug. 31. ... RHP Edinson Volquez has given up 21 runs on 22 hits and 16 walks in 13 2/3 innings over his last four starts. That's an ERA of 13.83 and has raised his season ERA from 3.30 to 4.31. "I was going good and then this," he said. "Not good. Not me." ... RH closer Huston Street (left calf) will be out longer than the 15-day disabled list minimum, manager Bud Black said. Street was injured Friday.

San Francisco: GM Brian Sabean said he was so stunned by news of LF Melky Cabrera's suspension, he got emotional during the meeting in which manager Bruce Bochy announced the news to the players. Sabean said the Giants haven't decided whether they will bring back Cabrera if they get a chance and added that Gregor Blanco will play left field for now. ... OF Justin Christian and RH reliever Eric Hacker were recalled from Class AAA Fresno, and RH reliever Dan Otero was sent down. Hacker will serve as the long reliever.

Washington: SS Danny Espinosa went 17-of-43 (.395) on the 10-game road trip, smacking three homers and nine RBI. He had only one hitless game and had six multi-hit games in those 10 games. He has eight hits in his last three games. ... RHP Stephen Strasburg continues to improve, manager Davey Johnson said. "He is still learning how hitters react to his stuff. He has got great breaking stuff and a great fastball. Sometimes he overthrows, but he is settling on who he is and getting comfortable about what he is up against. He is a perfectionist. You got to go through that," Johnson said.
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