A man in Cuba is suing Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for $12 million, alleging that the rookie sensation made false allegations that led to him being sentenced to seven years in prison.
The Los Angeles Times reported that lawyers for Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Florida. It claims that Corbacho Daudinot was subjected to "prolonged arbitrary detention and torture" after Puig and his mother testified against him in a human-trafficking trial in 2010.
The suit refers to Puig and his mother as government informants and involves Puig's alleged plan to escape from Cuba.
"This is not something we're going to comment about," said Jaime Torres, Puig's agent.
He did say that Puig is aware of the lawsuit and hired a lawyer.
Corbacho Daudinot's lawyers filed a similar lawsuit last year against Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on behalf of different plaintiffs.
Puig defected from Cuba and signed with the Dodgers before this season. Since making his major league debut June 3, Puig is batting .381 with eight home runs and 19 RBI.
---The St. Louis Cardinals placed left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right hamstring.
The move is retroactive to July 12.
To fill Holliday's spot on the roster, the Cardinals called up first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson from Triple-A Memphis.
Holliday, 33, left the Cardinals' July 11 game against the Chicago Cubs and has been out since then.
Holliday is batting .268 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI.
Peterson, 29, is batting .306 for Memphis, leads the Pacific Coast League with 22 home runs and has 66 RBI in 93 games.
While Holliday is out, the club will likely use Allen Craig in left field and Matt Adams at first base.
---Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has been out since July 8 with a sore knee, will not be ready to return to the lineup for at least another 10-14 days, FOX Sports reported.
Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 9. He is eligible to come off the DL next week, but that apparently will not happen.
FOX Sports also reported that Ramirez unlikely will be traded before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. However, teams may be interested in acquiring him in August.
The Brewers, last in the National League Central at 39-56 and 19 1/2 games back of the leading St. Louis Cardinals, are likely to unload some veterans via trades. Ramirez is one player rumored to be shopped.
Ramirez, 35, injured the knee during spring training and re-injured it early in the season, missing 23 games. He has been unable to fully recover, which could affect his trade value.
In 54 games, Ramirez is batting .271 with a .359 slugging percentage, five homers and 26 RBI.
---The Boston Red Sox activated shortstop Stephen Drew from the 15-day disabled list and put him in Saturday's lineup against the New York Yankees.
Drew had been out since June 28 with a hamstring injury.
The Red Sox optioned infielder Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Drew is batting .233 with a .313 on-base percentage, five home runs and 31 RBI in 66 games.
Rookie Jose Iglesias, who filled in at shortstop while Drew was out, was also in Saturday's lineup at third base. Iglesias has been impressive by batting .366 with a .416 on-base percentage.
---Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is having another spinal fusion surgery after having a similar procedure a year ago.
Reimold had the operation in June 2012 but needs to have corrective surgery since the problem with his neck has not been resolved.
Manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun that Reimold is likely done for the season.
"I don't think you will see him again this year," he said.
Since 2010, Reimold has played in only 182 games because of various injuries. Now the 29-year-old's career is in doubt.
Reimold is batting .195 in 140 plate appearances this year. He was placed on the disabled list Friday.
---Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who has been out since June 5 with elbow and forearm problems, is scheduled to start throwing again next week, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Rodriguez recently had a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Rodriguez will play catch until he is ready to advance to a minor league rehab assignment. The Pirates are hoping he can pitch in rehab games by mid-August and possibly return to the rotation by the end of August.
Rodriguez, 34, is 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 62 2/3 innings.
---Pirates right-hander Kyle McPherson underwent Tommy John surgery July 10, the team announced Saturday.
McPherson suffered the injury in spring training and has been shut down several times due to elbow pain.
He had the surgery during a visit to Dr. James Andrews. He is expected to be out until at least next summer.
McPherson lost out in his bid to win a spot in the rotation in spring training. He made his major-league debut last season, going 0-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 games, including three starts.