National League team-by-team notebook -- Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Arizona: RHP Sam Demel was recalled from Class AAA Reno to fill the roster spot vacated when SS Stephen Drew was traded to Oakland on Monday night. The addition of Demel gives the D-backs 13 pitchers during a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 16 games in 16 days. ... The D-backs will add LHP Tyler Skaggs from Class AAA Reno to start the first game of the doubleheader against Miami today at Chase Field. Because it is a day/night doubleheader and was scheduled more than 48 hours in advance, each team can add a 26th player for the day.

Atlanta: 3B Chipper Jones was out of the lineup. He had intended to play all three games of the series against the Nationals, but his knees, especially the left one, were sore and his back was stiff after playing 13 innings Monday. ... 1B Freddie Freeman has been working in the batting cage on trying to hit to the opposite field. He hit .077 (2-for-26) on the recent homestand.

Chicago: RHP Matt Garza (elbow) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his season. Although he technically could still pitch this season, manager Dale Sveum said Garza was "shut down." The move opened a spot on the 40-man roster for LHP Chris Rusin, who was selected from Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa to start Tuesday's game. ... LH reliever Alex Hinshaw was activated after being claimed off waivers from San Diego. LH reliever Jeff Beliveau and IF Adrian Cardenas were optioned to Iowa.

Cincinnati: C Devin Mesoraco began serving his suspension, which was reduced from three games to two after his appeal was heard. C Dioner Navarro was recalled from Class AAA Louisville, and RH reliever Logan Ondrusek, who had allowed runs in three of his last four outings, was optioned to Louisville. ... RH reliever Sam LeCure went into Tuesday having allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings since missing eight days because of shoulder soreness.

Colorado: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right pectoral muscle) was activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday's game, and OF Erix Young Jr. was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Monday because of a left intercostal muscle strain. Young came out of Sunday's game after the first inning when he tried to check his swing and struck out. ... LHP Jeff Francis has allowed a home run in each of his last nine starts and a total of nine homers in 33 innings in that stretch going into his outing tonight. By contrast, Francis gave up three homers in 39 2/3 innings in his first eight starts.

Houston: RHP Armando Galarraga has a 6.75 ERA through five starts with the Astros, and his frustration is building. "It's tough when you're playing and don't do your job," he said. His next start is scheduled for Saturday. ... CF Jordan Schafer reported to the Astros' spring training complex for several days of workouts as he tries to rehab his separated left (throwing) shoulder. Schafer was originally supposed to go directly to Class AA Corpus Christi (Texas) and return around Sept. 1, but some concern about the state of the shoulder led to the delay.

Los Angeles: RH reliever Rubby De La Rosa was activated from the 60-day disabled list slightly more than one year after having Tommy John surgery, and RH reliever Javy Guerra was optioned to Class AAA Albuquerque. De La Rosa pitched 12 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in four minor league games on a rehab assignment. ... SS Hanley Ramirez on Monday homered off Giants RH reliever Sergio Romo for the second time since joining the Dodgers on July 25. In 25 games as a Dodger through Monday, Ramirez was hitting .310 with 28 RBI.

Miami: RHP Jacob Turner, the highly regarded prospect acquired from Detroit last month, will be called up from Class AAA New Orleans to start one of the games in the doubleheader today. His performance will help dictate whether he spends the rest of the season with Miami or goes back to the minors, manager Ozzie Guillen said. ... Guillen said he has no plans to take Emilio Bonifacio out of the leadoff spot in the batting order, a spot Jose Reyes had in the beginning of the year before moving to the three-spot in late July. "I think Boni should be the lead-off guy. Reyes has more pop and Reyes can make things happen batting second or third," Guillen said.

Milwaukee: RHP Shaun Marcum made his third and likely final rehab start Monday for low-A (Grand Chute) Wisconsin. Marcum went six innings, allowing four hits and one run with three strikeouts. He is expected to rejoin the rotation this weekend. ... OF Norichika Aoki collected his 100th hit of the season Monday. Aoki is the 11th Japanese player to have 100 hits in a season in the major leagues.

New York: RHP Jeremy Hefner was placed on paternity leave, and LH reliever Robert Carson was recalled from Class AAA Buffalo. Hefner traveled to Oklahoma to be with his wife, Sarah, for the birth of the couple's second child and is expected back in time for his next scheduled start Sunday. ... RHP Jenrry Mejia is the leading candidate to replace LHP Johan Santana if the latter needs to be shut down. Mejia, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2011, is 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA over his last four starts for Buffalo.

Philadelphia: LH reliever Jeremy Horst was placed on paternity leave, and RH reliever Phillippe Aumont was recalled from Class AAA Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Pa.). Aumont was the top prospect the Phillies acquired in the 2009 trade that sent LHP Cliff Lee to Seattle. ... SS Jimmy Rollins snapped out of a 0-for-20 funk Monday. Rollins went into Tuesday hitting .194 in 35 games since the All-Star break.

Pittsburgh: RH reliever Chad Qualls was activated from the bereavement list and RH reliever Daniel McCutchen was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis, and LH reliever Justin Wilson and RH reliever Kyle McPherson were optioned to Indianapolis one day after being recalled from the same club and making successful major league debuts. Qualls missed four games while tending to a family illness. ... RHP Kevin Correia on Monday became the first major league pitcher since Oakland's Dave Beard in 1982 to start a game one day after pitching at least two innings in relief. He allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings and took the loss.

St. Louis: RHP Jake Westbrook agreed to a one-year, $8.75 million contract extension plus a $9.5 million mutual option for 2014 with a $1 million buyout. Westbrook's current contract had a mutual option for next season. ... RF Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup because of a sore left hand. He's expected back within the next day or two, manager Mike Matheny said.

San Diego: RH closer Dale Thayer earned his seventh save in as many attempts Monday, which made the Padres 28-for-28 in save opportunities this season. RH Huston Street, the regular closer, was 21-for-21 before he went on the disabled list. ... Rookie RH reliever Brad Brach went into Tuesday having allowed only two of the 34 runners he had inherited this season to score. The 94.1 percent success rate ranked second in the major.

San Francisco: Juan Nunez, the associate of LF Melky Cabrera who took responsibility for creating a fake website in a failed attempt to help Cabrera avoid a suspension for failing a drug test, has been banned from major league clubhouses. ... C/1B Buster Posey was at first base as manager Bruce Bochy gave him a break from catching. Posey had started 13 of the previous 14 games behind the plate.

Washington: RH reliever Henry Rodriguez (lower back) threw his second bullpen session since going on the disabled list. He could begin a rehab assignment if he doesn't feel any discomfort, manager Davey Johnson said. ... CF Bryce Harper went into Tuesday with seven game-winning RBI, which tied him for the lead among National League rookies. ... Chad Tracy's game-winning hit in the 13th inning Monday was his ninth pinch hit of the season.

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