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National League team-by-team notebook -- Monday, September 3, 2012

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Arizona: SS Willie Bloomquist (lower back) singled in a run as a pinch-hitter in his first at-bat since Aug. 8. Bloomquist is hitting .435 with runners in scoring position, which would lead the majors if he had enough at-bats to qualify. ... IF Cody Ransom made his first appearance with the D-backs since May 19 when he started at shortstop, the first time he has started at shortstop for the D-backs this season. He started the season with the D-backs before going to Milwaukee in late May, rejoining the D-backs when he was claimed off waivers from the Brewers on Friday.

Atlanta: 2B Dan Uggla said manager Fredi Gonzalez told him Sunday that he's not sure how much playing time he will get down the stretch because of his long slump. IF/OF Martin Prado played second base Sunday or Monday. "I don't have a plan," Gonzalez said. "It's just going to be feel." ... C Brian McCann, who got another cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder Saturday, was unavailable for the second straight day. Gonzalez hopes that the two days will let the cortisone do its job and that McCann can start tonight's game.

Chicago: LHP Chris Rusin will be called up to start tonight's game. Although Rusin spent most of the year at Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa, the Cubs sent him to Class AA (Kodak) Tennessee for tuneup work -- Iowa's season ended early with weekend games washed out in New Orleans because of Hurricane Isaac. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija turned in his 16th quality start of the season and third in his last three games but still came up short. Samardzija worked seven innings for the third straight time, but he has not won since Aug. 13.

Cincinnati: 1B Joey Votto could rejoin the Reds today after making his fourth rehab start on Monday, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for Class AAA Louisville. Cincinnati has gone 32-16 since Votto left the lineup on July 16. ... The Reds are expected to promote LHP Tony Cingrani today. At high-A Bakersfield (Calif.) and Class AA Pensacola (Fla.), the 2011 third-round draft choice combined to go 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA, the second-lowest ERA in the minor leagues among pitchers with 100 or more innings.

Colorado: SS Troy Tulowitzki (left groin) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the DH for Class AAA Colorado Springs in its final regular-season game. He

had been scheduled to play seven innings at shortstop, but after playing the position for five innings Sunday, he was sore. He is scheduled to play shortstop for five innings Wednesday and seven Thursday for Class AA Tulsa in a playoff series. ... LHP Jorge De La Rosa is scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches in a rehab start Wednesday for rookie-level Grand Junction (Colo.).

Houston: SS Jed Lowrie (right ankle) is being considered for a rehab assignment in the Texas League playoffs with Class AA Corpus Christi (Texas) as soon as this weekend. "We're hoping by mid-September we'll be seeing him in some games up here," manager Tony DeFrancesco said. ... RH closer Francisco Cordero had a setback in his rehab and is again just resting more than a month after a toe injury forced him on the disabled list. This time it was his shoulder that, according to DeFrancesco, was feeling "cranky."

Los Angeles: RH closer Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) has an appointment with team doctors today to determine whether he will be able to pitch again for the Dodgers this season. Jansen has been able to throw his scheduled bullpens and take part in cardiovascular activity but because he is on blood-thinning medication cannot risk getting hit by a baseball during a game. ... RHP Chad Billingsley (elbow) had one injection of platelet-rich plasma and a said a second injection is a possibility. "I still want to be smart about it, but I also want to get back," Billingsley said.

Miami: Manager Ozzie Guillen said the Marlins will go with a six-man rotation for now and perhaps for the final month of the season. That will allow RHPs Jacob Turner and Nathan Eovaldi to start regularly without being overused. Turner will pitch Friday instead of tonight. ... Guillen said he will continue to bat Jose Reyes third and Giancarlo Stanton fourth the rest of year. "Reyes has been a leadoff hitter all his life. But to me, this is my opinion, it fits us good that he's the third hitter," Guillen said. "... He can put the ball in play."

Milwaukee: RH reliever Brandon Kintzler was called up from Class AAA Nashville. Kintzler, who made nine appearances for the Brewers in 2011 before developing an arm injury that required inserting a screw in the upper forearm, worked his way back through three levels of the farm system this season. ... CF Carlos Gomez (16 home runs, 30 stolen bases) and Angels OF Mike Trout (25/42 entering Monday) were the only players in the major leagues who have at least 15 homers and 30 stolen bases through Sunday. Gomez had never hit more than eight homers in a season until this year.

New York: RHP Matt Harvey will start tonight's game and probably one or two more after that as he approaches his innings limit for the season, manager Terry Collins said. Harvey, who threw 135 2/3 innings in the minor leagues last year, has thrown 152 1/3 this season. ... LH reliever Robert Carson gave up his first run since getting called back up from Class AAA Buffalo on Aug. 21. Carson had not allowed a run in the six appearances, spanning 3 2/3 innings.

Philadelphia: SS Jimmy Rollins' home run was his team-leading 17th of the season and the 1,999th hit of his career. Only three Phillies, all Hall of Famers, had 2,000 hits: Mike Schmidt (2,234), Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Ed Delahanty (2,207). ... RF Domonic Brown (left knee) returned to the lineup for the first time in five games and just the second time in nine games.

Pittsburgh: 2B Neil Walker (lower back) sat out a seventh straight game, but the Pirates are optimistic that Walker should be back in the lineup by Friday. Walker, who said he is pain free, began participating in baseball-related activities Monday for the first time since being hurt. He played catch and also took batting practice in the indoor cages. ... RHP Kevin Correia will start Wednesday in place of RHP Jeff Karstens, who left his Friday start because of right hip flexor discomfort in the first inning. Karstens played catch Monday, the first time he had thrown since being injured.

St. Louis: Top pitching prospect Shelby Miller will be one of three players promoted by the Cardinals from Class AAA Memphis today. After a rough first half this season, the 21-year-old Miller was 7-2 with a 2.88 ERA in his last 10 starts. OF Adron Chambers and IF Ryan Jackson also will be called up. ... RHP Chris Carpenter, recovering from shoulder surgery in July, will throw a second live batting practice session today. He still hopes to rejoin the team before the end of the year.

San Diego: With RHPs Andrew Cashner and Anthony Bass coming off the disabled list and ready to start, the Padres are expected to go to a six-man rotation over the final four weeks. The six-man rotation would also give workhorse starters Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez a break down the stretch. Cashner could start as soon as Friday ... IF Logan Forsythe, OF Kyle Blanks and Cashner could all be playing winter ball to make up for the innings they missed during the regular season. In addition, RHP Casey Kelly is on the Arizona Fall League roster.

San Francisco: 3B Pablo Sandoval had three more hits, but manager Bruce Bochy said the Giants again are concerned about Sandoval. "I won't lie to you, I'd like to get him down a little bit," Bochy said. "It's hard in September to have that in your focus. He needs to get back with the program he had two years ago." ... IF Joaquin Arias, who normally plays shortstop against left-handed pitchers, was out of the lineup because of a calf injury.

Washington: RHP Stephen Strasburg met with team officials to discuss the Nationals' plan to give him two more starts and then shut him down. Strasburg said Sunday, "I am going to fight with him to the end. That is all I got to say." ... LF Michael Morse left the game in the fourth inning because of a sore right thumb. Also, LH reliever Sean Burnett (elbow) is expected to be out a few days.
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