National League team-by-team notebook -- Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Arizona: C Henry Blanco was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb after an MRI and is scheduled to undergo surgery today, manager Kirk Gibson said. He will be out 6-8 weeks. ... Class AAA Reno RHP Trevor Bauer threw six shutout innings in a no-decision against (Des Moines) Iowa on Monday, his first game after a 14-day hiatus designed to give him a physical/mental break.

Atlanta: 2B Dan Uggla and his .212 batting average got an unwanted start off, especially notable because Uggla had two hits Monday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to keep that progress going, and Uggla went into the game with a .145 (8-for-55) career average against Phillies LHP Cole Hamels. ... RHP Ben Sheets has allowed one run or none in four of his five starts and has pitched at least six innings every time. He gave up three runs in the other start.

Chicago: LF Alfonso Soriano was a late lineup scratch because of a sore right index finger. He was spiked when he slid into second base Monday. ... LHP Brooks Raley was called up from Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa to make the start and became the 15th rookie on the Cubs' roster and the eighth to make his major league debut this year. RHP Matt Garza (elbow) was placed on the disabled list.

Cincinnati: C Devin Mesoraco, on the seven-day disabled list for concussions, said he has no concussion symptoms. He is eligible to come off the disabled list today. "I'll definitely be healthy and ready to go," he said. Still to be determined is whether his three-game suspension for bumping an umpire will be upheld. He has appealed the ruling. ... Barry Larkin's No. 11 jersey will be retired Aug. 25, the Reds announced. Larkin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last month.

Colorado: LHP Jeff Francis, who will try to break a two-start losing streak tonight, has yielded six homers in 18 2/3 innings in his last four starts after giving up three homers in 39 2/3 innings in his first eight starts this season. ... SS Josh Rutledge got the start off Monday because he was 1 for his last 13 with four strikeouts. Manager Jim Tracy had been looking to give him a day off and decided that was the best time.

Houston: CF Jordan Schafer (separated left shoulder) was placed on the disabled list, OF Brandon Barnes was called up from Class AAA Oklahoma City and Class AAA RH reliever Juan Abreu was designated for assignment to create a 40-man roster spot for Barnes, who made his major league debut Tuesday. ... RHP Lucas Harrell is the Astros' only candidate to be shut down because of an innings load. Harrell has 10 starts to go if the Astros stay in rotation and is at 131 1/3 innings. He has never pitched more than 161 2/3 in his career.

Los Angeles: LF Shane Victorino said he wants to sign a contract to remain with the Dodgers. "I don't want to be a two-month or three-month rental," he told ... LHP Chris Capuano is 0-4 in his last seven starts at Dodger Stadium even though he has a 2.76 ERA and 40 strikeouts in that span, covering 45 2/3 innings. His 15 quality starts overall this season are second on the team to LHP Clayton Kershaw (16).

Miami: RF Giancarlo Stanton (right knee surgery) was activated from the disabled list, and IF Donnie Murphy (left hamstring) was placed on the DL retroactive to Saturday. ... OF Gorkys Hernandez is expected to get a serious look in center field at some point, but he has not been producing much since coming to Miami on July 31 in a trade that sent 1B Gaby Sanchez to Pittsburgh. Hernandez was 2-for-13 in his first five games with Miami.

Milwaukee: 3B Aramis Ramirez, in his second game back after missing two games with a sore wrist, collected his league-leading 37th double Monday and also added his 14th home run. He went into Tuesday with 15 multi-hit games in his last 27 contests. ... RF Norichika Aoki recorded nine putouts Monday night, including a game-saving sliding catch in the gap in right-center in the eighth inning.

New York: LH reliever Garrett Olson was called up from Class AAA Buffalo, RH reliever Elvin Ramirez was optioned to Buffalo and RHP Dillon Gee was moved from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list. Olson gives the team a second left-handed bullpen option to supplement rookie Josh Edgin, whom manager Terry Collins doesn't want to burn out. ... LH reliever Tim Byrdak is likely headed for season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Collins admitted that the tear might have resulted from Byrdak's league-leading 56 appearances, spanning 30 2/3 innings. "We probably used him more than we should have," Collins said.

Philadelphia: Manager Charlie Manuel had the Phillies go through fielding drills -- a rarity these days -- before batting practice. The Phillies' defensive play had been sloppy in recent days. ... RHP Vance Worley pitched only 3 2/3 innings Monday, his shortest start of the season. He insisted on making the start even though he had stomach pains before the game. "I went out there with heart today," he said.

Pittsburgh: IF/OF Drew Sutton was outrighted to Class AAA Indianapolis after being designated for assignment and clearing waivers. Sutton hit .243 with one home run and seven RBI in 24 games for the Pirates. ... RH reliever Juan Cruz (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to make a second rehab appearance for Class AA Altoona (Pa.) on Thursday after retiring just one of the five batters he faced Monday. Manager Clint Hurdle said the Pirates were encouraged that Cruz consistently threw his fastball for strikes.

St. Louis: Police arrested a St. Louis County teenager for allegedly pointing a green laser at Giants RH reliever Shane Loux during Monday's game at Busch Stadium. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny saw the laser pointer, then looked into a luxury box along the first-base line and saw the culprit, whom he identified positively after the game. ... RHP Kyle Lohse, having a career year (12-2) as he finishes up a four-year contract with the Cardinals, said he would be open to discussing an extension if the Cardinals were to bring it up. "If it comes up, then I'll deal with it. If not, then I'm sure there are a lot of teams out there that would like my services," he said.

San Diego: RH closer Huston Street picked up his 19th save in as many tries Monday while extending his scoreless inning streak to 19 1/3 innings since June 20. Rival batters were 3-for-60 (.050) against Street during the streak, and his ERA plunged from 1.84 to 0.79. ... LHP Eric Stults on Monday made his first start since straining a back muscle June 3. He pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings and has a 0.90 ERA through the first four innings of his six starts this season.

San Francisco: 2B Ryan Theriot was not in the lineup for the first time since July 19, and IF Marco Scutaro played second base for the Giants for the first time after playing his first 10 games at third. ... 3B/1B Pablo Sandoval (left hamstring) will be activated Sunday or Monday if his rehab continues to go well, manager Bruce Bochy said. He might play in a rehab game or two at high-A San Jose first.

Washington: CF Jayson Werth came out of Monday's game after seven innings because of tightness in his legs and was not in the lineup Tuesday. Manager Davey Johnson said he wants to be cautious because Werth is still playing his way back into shape after missing three months because of a broken wrist. ... SS Ian Desmond (torn muscle in left side) is expected to be out another 2-3 weeks. He took groundballs Monday for the first time since getting hurt.

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