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National League team-by-team notebook -- Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Arizona: SS/3B Willie Bloomquist (lower back strain) went on the disabled list Saturday after the injury had kept him out of nine of the previous 11 games. The Diamondbacks purchased the contract of IF/OF Jake Elmore from Class AAA Reno, where he was hitting .344 with 30 doubles, 32 stolen bases and a .442 on-base percentage. ... RH reliever Bryan Shaw was recalled from Reno on Saturday when Arizona designated LH reliever Mike Zagurski for assignment. The move left the Diamondbacks without a left-hander in the bullpen for the first time this season.

Atlanta: 3B Chipper Jones felt better after sleeping on the couch in his hotel room Friday night and was back in the lineup against the Mets on Saturday. Jones was a late scratch for Friday's game after his back tightened up from a bad night's sleep, something that has happened on almost every trip to New York. ... Christian Bethancourt, the Braves' top catching prospect, is out for the season because of a broken bone in his left hand. The 20-year-old was hit by a pitch Thursday while playing for Class AA (Pearl) Mississippi.

Chicago: CF Brett Jackson was back in Sunday's lineup (1-for-3) after missing Saturday's game. Jackson was involved in an outfield collision Friday and suffered what the Cubs termed a "whiplash-like" injury. ... RH reliever Lendy Castillo was activated from the disabled list Saturday, and LH reliever Scott Maine was optioned to Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa. Castillo, selected from the Phillies last December in the Rule 5 draft, had been out since mid-May with a left groin strain.

Cincinnati: 1B Joey Votto returned to Cincinnati for what was termed a minor procedure to pluck a piece of floating cartilage out of his injured knee. He is expected to miss at least a month. ... 3B Scott Rolen (stiff lower back) was showing signs of improvement but still missed his fourth consecutive start. His back stiffened up Wednesday on the bus ride from Milwaukee to Chicago.

Colorado: 2B DJ LeMahieu began his career with 137 at-bats without a home run but ended that drought when he hit his first home run Saturday at AT&T Park. He is 7-for-13 (.538) in his past four games. ... RH reliever Will Harris was recalled from Class AAA Colorado Springs when RH reliever Edgmer Escalona was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to right triceps tendon inflammation. Harris had a 1.02 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings over 13 games at Colorado Springs.

Houston: Assistant GM/scouting director Bobby Heck's contract was not renewed, and 29-year-old Mike Elias was promoted to scouting director. Elias, a Yale graduate, has been a special assistant to new GM Jeff Luhnow since January. ... C Jason Castro (right knee) moved a step closer to returning by catching nine innings on consecutive nights Friday and Saturday for Class AAA Oklahoma City. Barring a setback, he will come off the disabled list this week.

Los Angeles: SS Hanley Ramirez hit .462 (6-for-13) in three games in his return to Miami, driving in five runs against his old teammates. Ramirez has at least one hit in all eight road games he has played as a Dodger, and has 18 RBI in 17 games since being acquired by the Dodgers on July 25. ... IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. left Saturday's game with tightness in his left hip and did not play Sunday. Manager Don Mattingly said Hairston was day-to-day and not likely to land on the disabled list.

Miami: 2B/CF Emilio Bonifacio said he would start a rehab stint Wednesday with high-A Jupiter (Fla.). He hopes to rejoin the Marlins on Sunday. Although Bonifacio was playing second base when he was injured, manager Ozzie Guillen said there's a chance he will be in center field when he returns. ... RF Giancarlo Stanton was out of the lineup for second time off in four days, although he struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. The Marlins plan to rest Stanton on day games after night games to be careful with his right knee, on which he had arthroscopic surgery July 8.

Milwaukee: 2B Rickie Weeks was moved up from No. 6 in the batting order to No. 2. Weeks has emerged from a season-long slump (.281 over his last 49 games), and manager Ron Roenicke said he had been contemplating the move for a while. Weeks began the season in the leadoff spot. ... RHP Mark Rogers left the club to return to Phoenix, where wife Kerrie was due to deliver their first child. Rogers still was expected to return in time to make his next scheduled start, Wednesday at Colorado.

New York: LHP Johan Santana could be shut down early or get extra rest between starts the rest of the season, manager Terry Collins said. Santana returned Saturday from a disabled-list stint caused by a sprained right ankle and allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings. He said he felt good and attributed his struggles to inactivity. ... RH reliever Jenrry Mejia could get a September audition, Collins said. Mejia has looked much better as a starter, posting a 1.16 ERA in five starts for Class AAA Buffalo vs. a 5.48 ERA in 16 relief appearances.

Philadelphia: LHP Cliff Lee hasn't won a game at Citizens Bank Park since Sept. 5, 2011. Lee took a shutout into the sixth inning Saturday but allowed three straight hits, capped by a three-run home run from Matt Holliday. Lee has surrendered eight home runs in his last four starts. ... 1B Ryan Howard hit his third homer in his last five games Sunday. Howard, who hit .106 on a six-game trip through Atlanta and Washington prior to the current homestand, has nine RBI in his last nine games at Citizens Bank Park. He is seven home runs away from career No. 300.

Pittsburgh: RH reliever Juan Cruz (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list and gave up one hit in one inning Sunday. Cruz had been out since July 18. RH reliever Jared Hughes was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis. ... RF Travis Snider did not start Sunday after feeling tightness in his hamstring while running the bases Saturday. The Pirates do not think Snider's injury is serious; he walked as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning Sunday and could return to the lineup tonight.

St. Louis: LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) will make one more minor league start, his fourth, before being brought off the disabled list. Garcia will pitch for Class AAA Memphis on Tuesday. ... SS Rafael Furcal, troubled by a sore lower back and shin condition, went 1-for-4 Sunday and is hitting .200 (44-for-220) since the end of May.

San Diego: RH closer Huston Street, who was 21-for-21 in save opportunities this season and was working on an active run of 21 1/3 straight scoreless innings, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to a left calf strain. RH reliever Cory Burns was recalled from Class AAA Tucson. ... OF Mark Kotsay, 36, and the Padres agreed to a one-year contract extension for 2013 worth $1.3 million. Kotsay is hitting .275 with a .333 on-base percentage, one homer and nine RBI in 102 at-bats this season.

San Francisco: 3B Pablo Sandoval (strained left hamstring) could come off the disabled list as early as Monday after a rehab assignment with high-A San Jose, in which he went 1-for-6 Friday and Saturday. IF Marco Scutaro has been playing third in his absence. ... Among players with at least 40 at-bats since the All-Star break, C Buster Posey leads the major leagues with a .449 average (44-for-98) and a .598 on-base percentage. He has 33 RBI in the second half, which trails only the 35 of Boston 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

Washington: OF Jayson Werth batted in leadoff Saturday, and he went 2-for-4 with a walk. Manager Davey Johnson had talked previously about putting Werth there, but that was the first time he did it. Werth was rested Sunday because it was a day game after a night game, but he knocked in a run with a pinch-hit groundout. ... SS Ian Desmond took his first swings in three weeks Saturday, and he said his strained left side felt fine. He is expected back later this month.
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