American League notebook -- May 1, 2012

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Baltimore: LF Nolan Reimold was out of the lineup due to a bulging back disk, and he won't play Wednesday either, according to manager Buck Showalter. Reimold might be able to rejoin the team in Boston this weekend. ... Hitting coach Jim Presley had a kidney-stone attack in New York early Tuesday, and he went to a different hospital than originally planned due to intense pain, Showalter said. "He was screaming at the cabbie, 'Let me out,' and the guy basically just kind of dumped him out there because I think Jim scared him to death," Showalter said.

Boston: SS Jose Iglesias, 22, was called up from Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.), giving the Red Sox an extra infielder with 3B Kevin Youkilis nursing a stiff back. Iglesias, sent to the minors after spring training to work on his offense, hit .200 with a .212 slugging percentage in 22 games with Pawtucket. RH reliever Junichi Tazawa was optioned to Pawtucket after pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings over five appearances for Boston. ... RHP Clay Buchholz got the win Monday against Oakland despite pitching with a finger blister on his pitching hand. Buchholz has an 8.69 ERA. "The idea that he can improve is absolutely paramount in all of our minds," manager Bobby Valentine said.

Chicago: DH Paul Konerko was back in the starting lineup after missing Sunday's game with a stiff neck. Konerko had been battling neck soreness for a few days, so with an off day Monday, manager Robin Ventura opted to sit Konerko on Sunday, giving him an extended break. ... 3B Brent Morel remained in the eighth spot in the batting order. Ventura started Morel in the No. 2 spot at the start of the year before ending the experiment over a week ago. That means SS Alexei Ramirez will remain the No. 2 hitter for the time being, despite his recent struggles.

Cleveland: IF Jose Lopez was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for the arrival of DH Johnny Damon. Lopez, 28, went 4-for-21 (.190) with one homer and three RBI in five games for the Indians this season. ... RHP Derek Lowe, in his first year with the Indians, has quickly become one of the most popular players in the clubhouse. "He's just like a big kid, always laughing and joking around," RH reliever Vinnie Pestano said. Manager Manny Acta added of the 38-year-old veteran, "I've been surprised by how full of energy he is. He acts like a 23-year-old."

Detroit: LF Delmon Young won't be in the starting lineup Friday when he comes off the suspended list, according to manager Jim Leyland. "He needs to get back into the routine of things, taking batting practice, taking fly balls in the outfield, stuff like that. Would I put him in a game late? Yes," Leyland said. ... DH Victor Martinez made his first appearance of the season in the Tigers' clubhouse Monday, sporting a brace on his surgically repaired left knee. Martinez, who has been off crutches for about 10 days, hopes to be able to play in September. "It's something to work for," he said.

Kansas City: RHP Felipe Paulino, on the disabled list all season due to a strained right forearm, has been penciled in for a start Saturday against the Yankees, the Kansas City Star reported. Paulino, who is due to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in Detroit, went 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in two rehab starts for Class AA Northwest Arkansas (Springdale, Ark.). ... RHP Luis Mendoza is moving to the bullpen as the long man after the Royals were rained out Monday for the second time in three days. Mendoza is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts.

Los Angeles: 1B Albert Pujols is one of five players since 1974 to start a season with 400-plus career home runs but go at least 80 at-bats into the year without a homer, according to STATS LLC. He joined Willie McCovey (1974), Carl Yastrzemski (1981), Eddie Murray (1996) and Ken Griffey Jr. (2010). ... The bullpen's 5.08 ERA in April ranked 28th among the 30 major league teams, but GM Jerry Dipoto isn't looking to make changes. "There's not a lot we can do. We're going to have to grin and bear it," Dipoto said.

Minnesota: DH Justin Morneau left Monday's game due to a left wrist injury, and he flew to the Twin Cities on to see a hand specialist. It is the same wrist on which Morneau had surgery in September to repair tendon damage. Morneau said it started bothering him April 20-22 against Tampa Bay and worsened during the Twins' recent homestand. ... With C Joe Mauer dealing with lingering soreness from absorbing a foul tip to the left knee Sunday, the Twins called up Drew Butera to serve as a third catcher. Butera was hitting .279 with one homer and five RBI through 15 games for Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.).

New York: RHP Michael Pineda underwent season-ending right shoulder surgery to repair a labral tear. "We're anxious to get this guy back, and now he's on the road to recovery," manager Joe Girardi said. ... LHP Andy Pettitte will start in the minors at least once more before joining the big-league rotation, Girardi said. Pettitte posted a 3.00 ERA in three minor league starts before allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings Monday in an extended spring training game in Clearwater, Fla. "I feel like I'm ready to help the team," Pettitte told

Oakland: LF Coco Crisp was held out of the lineup because of a sinus infection, according to manager Bob Melvin. Crisp, who missed more than a week with a flu-like virus and then an inner-ear infection, is expected to play Wednesday at Boston, but Melvin didn't want him playing in cold, damp weather Tuesday. Newly acquired 3B Brandon Inge hit second in the order with Crisp out of action. ... 3B Scott Sizemore told the San Francisco Chronicle that he is making good progress in his rehab from season-ending anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Sizemore told the newspaper he is doing lunges and squats and will be allowed to remove the brace from his left knee this week.

Seattle: C Miguel Olivo, who had been the Mariners' hottest hitter, strained his right groin making a throw Monday, and he landed on the disabled list. Olivo had raised his batting average from .125 to .210 during an eight-game hitting streak that included three homers, including one in his first at-bat Monday. ... OF Mike Carp, out since spraining his right shoulder during the season opener in Japan, was activated from the disabled list. He went 7-for-51 (.137) in 13 rehab games for Class AAA Tacoma (Wash.).

Tampa Bay: 3B Evan Longoria will miss four to eight weeks due to a partially torn left hamstring. He was hurt Monday while sliding into second base on a failed stolen-base attempt. Eliot Johnson and Jeff Keppinger will fill in at the position, and Johnson singled home the winning run in the 12th inning Monday after replacing Longoria. ... The Rays purchased the contract of IF Will Rhymes from Class AAA Durham (N.C.) to replace Longoria on the active roster. Rhymes was hitting .231 for Durham. RH closer Kyle Farnsworth (strained right elbow) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to clear a spot for Rhymes on the 40-man roster. ... SS Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, was suspended 50 games after testing positive a second time for a "drug of abuse." Beckham, 22, was hitting .204 with no homers, one steal and four errors through 13 games for Durham this season. "I take full responsibility for my actions and I will use this experience to refocus my commitment to baseball," Beckham said in a statement released by the team.

Texas: RHP Yu Darvish is the sixth rookie since 1957, when rookie standards were established, to go at least 4-0 in April, according to ESPN. The others were Jerry Koosman (1968), Jerry Garvin (1977), Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Mike Grace (1996) and Kaz Ishii (2002). Valenzuela and Ishii went 5-0 in April; the others went 4-0. ... The Rangers posted an AL-leading 2.81 ERA in April, the club's lowest mark for the season's first month since it posted a 2.45 mark in 1983. Last year, Texas had a 3.89 ERA in April. This year, the rotation had a 3.14 ERA, and the bullpen was at 1.98.

Toronto: RF Jose Bautista hit .181 with three home runs and 10 RBI in April, but manager John Farrell is keeping him third in the batting order. "He has certainly earned however long it takes for him, and we believe in him, we're confident in him," Farrell said. "We've been spoiled, and everyone in Toronto's been spoiled for longer than I have, over the 2 1/2 years of elite performance." ... Despite SS Yunel Escobar's poor on-base percentage, Farrell is keeping him in the leadoff spot. However, he acknowledged 2B Kelly Johnson could see some action in the No. 1 position at some point. "We're not there yet," Farrell said.

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