American League notebook -- Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Baltimore: C Matt Wieters was given the day off after catching all 15 innings Wednesday night. Wieters caught all 17 innings in Boston on May 6, two days after catching all 13 innings of another game against the Red Sox. In 10 games since his 17-inning stint, Wieters is 6-for-38 (.158), including an 0-for-7 performance Wednesday. ... RHP Brad Bergesen cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Norfolk (Va.), reported. Bergesen had been designated for assignment last weekend after going 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA in eight games (six starts) for Norfolk.

Boston: RH closer Andrew Bailey had his surgically repaired thumb re-checked by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic and was cleared to resume throwing next week. The Red Sox still don't expect Bailey to be back until after the All-Star break. ... RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka's 30-day minor league rehab assignment is due to expire Wednesday, but that doesn't mean the Red Sox will promote him right away. "Right now, I don't think he's all that close to pitching in the major leagues," manager Bobby Valentine said before Matsuzaka's Thursday start for Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). Matsuzaka had Tommy John surgery last June.

Chicago: LHP Chris Sale limited the Angels to one run in 5 1/3 innings, his seventh consecutive start allowing three or fewer earned runs. It's the longest stretch for a White Sox pitcher at the beginning of his career as a starter since Steve Rosenberg went seven starts without allowing more than three earned runs in 1989. Sale's 2.98 ERA in his seven starts is far superior to Rosenberg's 5.45 ERA during his run. ... LH reliever Matt Thornton threw a scoreless inning, lowering his May ERA to 11.57 in seven appearances. He had a 0.82 ERA in 12 appearances last month.

Cleveland: 3B Jack Hannahan missed his fourth consecutive game due to soreness in his lower back. An MRI revealed mild back inflammation in the area around the facet joints, and Hannahan's status remains day-to-day. ... OF Grady Sizemore, who has been on the disabled list all season following back surgery at the start of spring training, took live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since the operation. Sizemore is eligible to come off the DL on June 3, but manager Manny Acta said that won't happen. "There is no timetable," Acta said.

Detroit: RH reliever Brayan Villarreal was recalled by the Tigers, who optioned IF Danny Worth to Class AAA Toledo (Ohio). Manager Jim Leyland said the move was made because RH closer Jose Valverde's bad back left the team short in the bullpen. Villarreal pitched two scoreless innings in the series finale against Minnesota. Valverde is listed as day-to-day. ... CF Austin Jackson missed a game for just the second time this season, sitting out due to a sore right side. His availability for the weekend is uncertain.

Kansas City: LH reliever Everett Teaford and RH reliever Louis Coleman were recalled from Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.), a day after the Royals lost 4-3 in 15 innings to the Orioles. "We need the arms," manager Ned Yost said. Teaford is penciled to start Sunday against Arizona but until then is in the bullpen. Coleman worked a perfect ninth inning Thursday. RH reliever Nate Adcock and RHP Vin Mazzaro were optioned to Omaha. ... C Humberto Quintero, struck by a throw in his helmet ear flap while running the bases, was removed after the seventh inning. "He's OK," Yost said. "We took him out for precautionary reasons."

Los Angeles: With no designated hitter this weekend at San Diego, Kendrys Morales figures to be limited to pinch-hitting duty. Morales has worked out at first base before games but has not played in the field (in the regular season or spring training) since fracturing his left ankle May 29, 2010. ... DH Mark Trumbo's first career four-hit game came on the heels of a three-hit game Wednesday. He has seven hits in his past seven plate appearances, 14 in his past 22 at-bats and an eight-game hitting streak during which he is batting .571 (16-for-28).

Minnesota: C Ryan Doumit strained his right calf in Wednesday's win, and the Twins initially announced that he was going on the disabled list. However, the move was never made because MRI results were encouraging. Doumit is day-to-day, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. ... RHP Nick Blackburn, who pulled himself after the second inning Wednesday, landed on the DL with a strained left quadriceps. The Twins can skip his next turn before naming a replacement because the team is off Monday. OF Ben Revere was recalled from Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.), where he batted .330 in 23 games.

New York: IF Matt Antonelli was claimed off waivers from the Orioles, and reported that he would be assigned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.). Antonelli, 27, hit .204 with a .357 on-base percentage in 29 games for Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) this season. The Yankees cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by moving LH reliever Cesar Cabral (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. ... 3B Alex Rodriguez was out of the starting lineup for just the second time this season. Manager Joe Girardi is trying to give at least one day of rest to his veterans during a stretch of 16 games without a day off.

Oakland: 3B Brandon Inge, who had already missed four games due to a right groin strain, was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 13. Inge hit four homers and drove in 16 runs in a five-game stretch last week. The A's recalled IF Adam Rosales from Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.), where he was hitting .277 with a .314 on-base percentage in 36 games. ... C Kurt Suzuki was back in the lineup after missing a game due to a sore left hand. He went 2-for-5 with a two-run double after hitting .195 (8-for-41) with no homers and two RBI in his previous 12 games.

Seattle: C Miguel Olivo, on the disabled list with a groin strain, will join the team this weekend in Colorado. He will be checked out, but there are no plans to activate him. "We need to know that he can play a full nine innings," manager Eric Wedge said, adding that Olivo will go on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the major league roster. ... OF Mike Carp, scratched from Wednesday's lineup when his right shoulder started acting up, returned to action the next day as the designated hitter. Carp originally injured his shoulder while trying to make a diving catch during the season opener March 28 in Tokyo, and he was sidelined until May 1.

Tampa Bay: IF Will Rhymes reported feeling better a day after he fainted on the field. Rhymes was hit by a pitch on the right forearm Wednesday, and he passed out after taking first base. He said he experienced nausea Thursday, and his forearm was swollen, but he hoped to be available to play Friday. ... OF Rich Thompson, 33, got his first major league start 12 years after he was a sixth-round draft pick by the Blue Jays. Thompson appeared in six games for the Royals in 2004, going 0-for-1, and he entered Wednesday's game as a pinch runner before getting the start in the series finale against Boston.

Texas: RH closer Joe Nathan pitched for a third consecutive day, the first time he's done so this season. He made three consecutive appearances once last year for the Twins, July 15-17, then never pitched on consecutive days for the rest of the season. Nathan missed the 2010 season following Tommy John surgery. ... 2B Ian Kinsler, a late scratch Wednesday due to a stomach virus, was back in the lineup and went 2-for-6. Despite having five multi-hit games this month, Kinsler is hitting just .246 (16-for-65) in May.

Toronto: 1B Adam Lind, who was batting .186 (22-for-118) with three home runs and 11 RBI in 34 games, was optioned to Class AAA Las Vegas. "(It's) an opportunity for him to clear his head and be in maybe an environment where he can work on things," GM Alex Anthopoulos said. Yan Gomes, 24, was called up from Las Vegas and started at third base, becoming the first Brazilian-born player to appear in the majors. He hit .359 in 33 Class AAA games this year. ... 3B Brett Lawrie dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension issued for spiking his helmet Tuesday and having it hit plate umpire Bill Miller. Lawrie apologized to Miller.

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