National League notebook -- April 30, 2012

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Arizona: RH reliever Joe Martinez was optioned to Class AAA Reno to make room for LHP Patrick Corbin on the 25-man roster. Martinez allowed one run in one inning in his lone major league appearance this season. IF Geoff Blum (strained side muscle) was moved to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot for Corbin on the 40-man roster. ... LF Jason Kubel (illness) was a late scratch, so Gerardo Parra started and had a single and an RBI groundout. Parra had hits in all four games of the Miami series, and he has hit safely in eight of his last nine. Kubel has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.

Atlanta: RF Jason Heyward jokingly called it "an unfortunate incident" that kept him out of the lineup after he woke up with a sore right side muscle. He had no idea how or when it happened, only that it didn't feel as bad as the only other time he had an side muscle problem, in the minors in 2009. He hoped to be back in two to three days. ... RHP Jair Jurrjens pitched seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in his first start for Class AAA Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.). He had been demoted by the Braves last week after going 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts.

Chicago: RHP Kerry Wood threw a 22-pitch simulated game at Philadelphia and told reporters it went well. Wood, out since April 14 with what the team has called right shoulder fatigue, is likely to be activated Thursday in Cincinnati. ... According to manager Dale Sveum, RHP Randy Wells could be available to pitch out of the bullpen Tuesday after lasting just 3 2/3 innings in his Saturday start at Philadelphia. Wells is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts since his recall, and his job could be in jeopardy with RHP Ryan Dempster (quadriceps) nearing a return later this week.

Cincinnati: LH reliever Bill Bray got hit around a bit Sunday in his first rehab outing for Class AAA Louisville, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning. Bray is dealing with groin strain he sustained in spring training. ... IF Miguel Cairo (strained left hamstring) is eligible to some off the disabled list Tuesday. He has been running and hitting without trouble for about a week. Cairo was 1-for-9 on the season before he got hurt.

Colorado: LHP Drew Pomeranz left his Friday start against the Mets after four innings with left forearm tightness, but he has had no subsequent problems. He is expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Dodgers. ... RHP Jeremy Guthrie should be able to start May 8 against the Padres when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. Guthrie sprained his right shoulder Friday when the chain on his bicycle broke as he was heading to Coors Field. "I was just riding, and the next thing I know, I was on the ground," he said.

Houston: RHP Jordan Lyles, called up to start Sunday at Cincinnati, was optioned back to Class AAA Oklahoma City despite keeping the Astros in the game. He gave up three runs on four hits in six innings. IF Marwin Gonzalez took Lyles' roster spot, as he was activated from paternity leave. ... RH reliever David Carpenter surrendered a game-tying hit to Reds 1B Joey Votto on Sunday, as manager Brad Mills strayed from his usual plan of using left-handed pitchers on left-handed batters. "We thought Carp was the best guy for the pitching plan that we had worked out," Mills said.

Los Angeles: RH reliever Todd Coffey was activated after spending 16 days on the disabled list due to right knee inflammation. He made two rehab appearances for high-A Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), allowing one run in two innings. RH reliever Nathan Eovaldi was optioned to Class AA Chattanooga (Tenn.) after spending three days in the majors without getting into a game. ... RH reliever Matt Guerrier (right elbow tendinitis) began playing catch last weekend, so be won't be returning Friday when he's eligible. "He's just starting the process of really getting back," manager Don Mattingly said.

Miami: LH reliever Dan Jennings made his major league debut, pitching a scoreless sixth inning. The appearance completed a long road back after he was suspended 50 games in 2010 for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. "It just feels like I can take a deep breath now, and a big weight is off my shoulders now that I finally made it up here," he said. ... LH reliever Mike Dunn, who had a 9.53 ERA through eight appearances, was optioned to Class AAA New Orleans (Metairie, La.) to clear a spot for Jennings. The Marlins also called up OF Bryan Petersen and optioned OF Chris Coghlan, who was hitting .118 (4-for-34).

Milwaukee: RH closer John Axford converted his 48th consecutive regular-season save Sunday, moving into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list. It certainly didn't come easy, with Axford having to escape a first-and-third, no-out jam in the ninth to preserve a 3-2 win in St. Louis. ... RHP Zack Greinke has allowed just five runs in 19 innings (2.37 ERA) over his last three starts but has been a bit more erratic with his command, issuing eight walks. Greinke allowed seven hits and four walks in six innings Sunday but permitted only one run.

New York: After consulting with orthopedist James Andrews, RHP Mike Pelfrey has opted to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Andrews will perform the elbow operation Tuesday, and Pelfrey is unlikely to be ready for the start of next season. Pelfrey, 28, had no decisions and a 2.29 ERA in three starts for the Mets this season. ... IF Zach Lutz was optioned to Class AAA Buffalo clear a spot for the return of CF Andres Torres (strained left calf) from the disabled list. Lutz went 1-for-8 in four games with the Mets. ... RF Lucas Duda did not start due to flu-like symptoms. Mike Baxter started in his place. Duda had hit safely in six of his previous seven games, batting .385 (10-for-26) with a homer and eight RBI in that span.

Philadelphia: The Phillies completed their first losing month since June 2009, when they went 11-15. "The bats will get going. It's early," RHP Kyle Kendrick said. "We've been through struggles like this before, and the bats have come through. It's a long season. I think the guys will start swinging it and we'll be fine." ... SS Jimmy Rollins led off for the third consecutive game after OFs Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre had shared leadoff duties for the first 20 games. Rollins had a combined two hits and a walk in his first two games atop the order, though his on-base percentage was just .264 through Sunday.

Pittsburgh: LHP Justin Wilson spearheaded a no-hitter Sunday for the Pirates' Class AAA Indianapolis affiliate, the first for that franchise since 2005. Wilson struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings, and RH reliever Jose Diaz and LH reliever Doug Slaten finished off the gem in Durham, N.C. Wilson, 24, was a bullpen candidate for the Pirates going into spring training but was switched back to starting in mid-March. ... Pirates starting pitchers held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in 17 of the first 21 games. "Everybody's been doing a great job every single time giving us a chance to win the game," C Rod Barajas said. "That's what's been really impressive."

St. Louis: OF/IF Allen Craig, on a rehab assignment as he continues his recovery from offseason knee surgery, played in the field (at first base) for the first time Sunday for Class AAA Memphis. Craig could be activated when the Cardinals resume play Tuesday. "All I need to see is the green light medically," manager Mike Matheny said. ... RH reliever Scott Linebrink, on the disabled list due to a shoulder problem, felt tightness during a bullpen session Sunday. When Linebrink is ready to pitch, he will need several rehab games in the minors before joining the big-league bullpen. He was hurt the day after it was announced he made the club in spring training.

San Diego: The Padres had committed a big-league-high 27 errors in 23 games through Sunday -- a 190-error pace for the season. San Diego already has four three-error games to match its total for all of 2011, when the team committed 94 errors on the season. ... 3B Chase Headley was 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts in his past four games through Sunday. He had hit safely in 15 of the 16 previous games, going 19-for-55 (.345) with four homers and 12 RBI in that span.

San Francisco: Apparently, Brandon Belt, Brett Pill and Buster Posey aren't enough first basemen in the absence of Aubrey Huff (anxiety disorder), so the Giants have C Hector Sanchez and IF Joaquin Arias on call. Sanchez has been practicing at first, while Arias ordered a first baseman's mitt. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner finished April with a 4-1 record and a 2.53 ERA, tied for the NL lead in wins. It was quite a contrast from his start to last season, when he was 0-4 in April, then 0-6 by mid-May before finishing 13-13.

Washington: RH closer Brad Lidge was expected to travel to Philadelphia to get a second opinion on the abdominal strain that landed him on the disabled list. Lidge has struggled to a 5.14 ERA, and he admitted last week he has had to rely on other pitches with his fastball not reaching the velocity he was used to in past seasons. ... LHP Gio Gonzalez had walked just seven batters in 23 2/3 innings this season before he walked five Dodgers on Sunday. Three of the walks at Los Angeles came consecutively in the sixth inning, and 1B James Loney followed with a two-run single to give the Dodgers a 2-0 win. Manager Davey Johnson said he felt Gonzalez's control was affected after Gonzalez was struck in the left forearm by a fourth-inning comebacker.

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