MLB News and Notes July - 3

MLB News and Notes July - 3

Notes from Monday's AL games
July 2, 2007

TEXAS: The Rangers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy and put 2B Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list because of a left foot stress fracture before Monday's game. ... Manager Ron Washington said he plans platoon Jerry Hairston Jr. and Ramon Vazquez with Hairston Jr. likely getting the ``majority of the starts'' in Kinsler's absence ... Washington defended the selection of shortstop Michael Young to the AL All-Star team despite some calls for not every team to be represented. ``I personally think every team should be represented. There's always someone on a bad team having a good year. Jim (Leyland) called me and asked who was my all-star. I said, `Michael Young. If you don't pick Michael Young, pick Aki (Akinori Otsuka). If not Aki, Sammy (Sosa).'''

BOSTON: SS Julio Lugo, benched the past three games in the midst of an 0-for-31 slump, started at short and batted leadoff. ... Manager Terry Francona said that CF Coco Crisp's sprained left thumb that has sidelined him since Friday was ``significantly better.'' ... The Red Sox joined with the city of Boston and town of Lenox, Mass. in donating an ambulance to David Ortiz for him hometown in the Dominican Republic before the game.


MINNESOTA: All-Star CF Torii Hunter struck out and grounded out his first two times up, leaving him 0-for-24 with 14 strikeouts in his career against Yankees RHP Roger Clemens. Still, manager Ron Gardenhire said he didn't consider giving Hunter a night off with Clemens on the mound. ``I tell him to swing harder, that's all,'' Gardenhire said. ... Injured OF Rondell White (strained right calf) was set to play LF for nine innings at Class-A Fort Myers, Gardenhire said. After five to seven games there without a problem, White's next step could be to rejoin the Twins. ``at_bats is all we're after,'' Gardenhire said. White has been out since April 5.

NEW YORK: 2B Robinson Cano was dropped to ninth in the batting order after going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in the No. 3 spot Sunday. Cano walked and singled his first two times up. SS Derek Jeter batted third. ... With the trade deadline less than a month away and the Yankees still struggling, general manager Brian Cashman said he won't sacrifice top prospects to try for a quick fix. ``If I chose to put Phil Hughes out on the marketplace I could have done something already. We choose not to do that, and that's the right choice to make,'' Cashman said. ``Last year's team earned the right to get a reinforcement situation. This year's team has got to still earn that right.''


TAMPA BAY: 2B B.J. Upton (pulled left quad) left Sunday night's game at Triple-A Durham after six innings when his leg tightened up and wasn't in the lineup Monday. Manager Joe Maddon hopes he can join them in Boston this week. ``We don't want to rush it and have a setback,'' Maddon said. Upton hasn't played for the Devil Rays since June 14. ... RHP Juan Salas is eligible to return Tuesday from his 50-game steroids suspension, but isn't likely to rejoin the Devil Rays immediately. He has made two appearances with Double-A Montgomery. Salas was suspended on May 7 after becoming the first player this year to flunk a drug test under Major League Baseball's testing program. ... Pitching coach Jim Hickey, who had surgery for a detached retina last week, is still not allowed to fly. It's not known if he will join the team during this road trip.

CLEVELAND: RHP Joe Borowski, who has saves in four straight games, said he was told he wouldn't be pitching Monday night. ``If you went five days in a row, you'd be begging for problems,'' he said. ``Competitively, I would give it a try, but sensibly, it would be stupid.'' Borowski was told by manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis to take the night off. ``I'm glad they took it out of my hands,'' he said. Borowski is tied for the league with 24 saves in 26 chances. ... SS Jhonny Peralta, who surpassed last season's home run total when he hit his 14th on Sunday, wasn't in the lineup Monday night. Mike Rouse started at short. ... First place in the AL Central will be at stake when the Indians open a three-game series against the Tigers Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The Indians are 5-2 against the Tigers this season. ... OF Trot Nixon, in a 7-for-46 slump, started Monday after not playing the last two games.


SEATTLE: The Mariners were attempting to win nine in a row for the first time since May 27-June 5 2003. RHP J.J. Putz, named this week to his first All-Star game, is trying to become the second Mariner to go into the break with an ERA under 1.00. He started Monday night with an ERA of 0.92. The team record for best pre-All-Star ERA is held by Shigetoshi Hasegawa at 0.77 in 2003. ... Putz was named American League pitcher of the month. After naming Mike Goff bench coach to replace himself, new manager John McLaren said he would have a decision later on a new permanent first base coach. ... Raul Ibanez was back in left field after missing six games with a strained right hamstring.

KANSAS CITY: DH Mike Sweeney, out since June 19 with right knee inflammation, hopes to be back by Friday. ``I'll work hard the next two days and should be ready to go,'' he said. ... 2B Mark Grudzielanek could also return to the lineup as soon as Friday, manager Buddy Bell said. Grudzielanek has been out since June 14 because of a knee injury. RHP Brian Bannister was named rookie of the month. He's also working on a new pitch, a slider. It was effective in his last start, an 8-1 victory Friday night over Chicago. ``I've been working on it all year,'' he said. ``The lefties have a higher batting average against me. I'm trying to work on some stuff to balance some stuff out.''


BALTIMORE: New President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he's been very impressed with the Orioles young pitchers and is reticent to trade any of them. ``They pay us to talk and listen to other clubs, so I don't have any problem doing that,'' MacPhail, the former Chicago Cubs' CEO, said Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. ``I also am not particularly interested in doing anything stupid.'' ...3B Melvin Mora had trouble walking on his left foot a day after he collided with Angels catcher Mike Napoli on a decisive play at home plate in a 4-3 loss. Mora said that his foot was so painful that he ``couldn't even step on the floor'' yesterday and he said the swelling prevented him from wearing a sock on Monday. ``It's just a bruise,'' Mora said, adding that X-ray results were negative. Interim manager Dave Trembley was confident a stint on the disabled list wouldn't be necessary. ... Trembley declined to announce who would start Wednesday in place of injured RHP Steve Trachsel. However, he did confirm that the two candidates are RHP Rob Bell out of the bullpen or Triple-A LHP Garrett Olson.

CHICAGO: OF Scott Podsednik is going back on the disabled list because of a rib cage injury, a week after he returned from nearly two months on the DL because of a strained adductor muscle. It's the latest setback for a Chicago outfield that has also twice put Darin Erstad on the DL with a bad ankle. RF Jermaine Dye, who missed the last nine games, was finally able to return to the lineup Monday after being sidelined by a sore quad muscle. Jerry Owens will likely be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. ``Well that's the way we roll right now, I guess,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. ``It's not one, it's the other one. It makes it tough. We have to deal with that and I'm not going to sit here and feel sorry for myself because I don't have the guys.'' ... Dye, like Mark Buehrle, can be a free agent after the season, but is not bothered by trade talk. ``I don't even think about it anymore. I mean I've been through this so many times that I just try to have fun,'' he said.

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Notes from Monday's NL games
July 2, 2007

MILWAUKEE: RHP Ben Sheets was chosen as the NL pitcher of the month for June after going 5-0 with a 2.16 ERA. ... The Brewers probably didn't welcome spending July 4 in Pittsburgh, where they are 18-37 in PNC Park. The Pirates won seven of 10 last season. The Brewers had much better success before Three Rivers Stadium was torn down, going 12-5 there ... LHP Chris Capuano, activated Sunday off the 15-day DL after being bothered by a strained left groin, will start Tuesday night in Pittsburgh - his first start since June 8. The Brewers won Capuano's first seven starts but have lost his last six. Capuano (5-5) is 0-5 with a 6.89 ERA in his last six games.

PITTSBURGH: LHP Zach Duke was told he doesn't have structural damage in his sore left elbow, but he plans to seek a second opinion from an elbow specialist later this week. Following tests Monday, Duke (3-7) was diagnosed with irritation in his ulnar collateral ligament that can be cured by rest. He will undergo an additional exam on his own Friday by Alabama orthopedist James Andrews. ... The Pirates haven't had a no-hitter in nearly 10 years, or since the Francisco Cordova-Ricardo Rincon 10-inning no-hitter against Houston in 1997. But two of their minor leaguers, Wilson Ortiz (six innings) and Jesus Martinez (three innings) combined for a no-hitter Monday in the Venezuelan summer league. Ortiz struck out eight and Martinez four in the 4-0 victory over Detroit prospects.


CHICAGO:
While happy to see OF Alfonso Soriano and 1B Derrek Lee make the All-Star team, manager Lou Piniella said he also voted for 3B Aramis Ramirez and RHP Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano still has a chance in the online voting that ends Thursday. ``If I have to vote on that computer, I think Zambrano's in trouble,'' Piniella said. ``I've never voted on a computer in my life.'' ... Piniella on struggling rookie OF Felix Pie (hitting .221): ``I think it's a little more dangerous to keep playing a young kid that's struggling, than just to sit him down for a while and get the cobwebs out.'' ... Piniella said OF Jacque Jones will continue to play, even though the Cubs tried to trade him to Florida last week. ``He's just not going to sit,'' Piniella said. ``That's a tough situation, and in Jacque's defense I think he's handled it quite well. I don't know what happened with the trade with Miami and why it didn't go through.''

WASHINGTON:
Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano freely admits he owes his $136 million contract to the season he had last year with Nationals, when he hit 46 homers and stole 41 bases after reluctantly converting from second base. ``Last year I played my first year in left field and did what I did,'' he said after visiting friends in Washington's clubhouse before Monday's game. ``I think it was a very good jump.'' ... RHP Jesus Colome is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday. He's on the 15-day DL with a soft-tissue infection in his buttocks. ... Rep. Tom Davis took batting practice and shagged fly balls with the Nationals before Monday's game, although his performance won't earn him a major league contract anytime soon. The Virginia Republican swung at 10 pitches and hit only one ball out of the outfield. ``I'm 58, but I hit like a 55-year-old,'' Davis said. ``I can hit a lot better than that.''


PHILADELPHIA:
RHP Freddy Garcia (right shoulder strain) began light tossing on Monday at the Phillies' spring training complex in Florida, the start of a rehab that manager Charlie Manuel expects to last up to two months. ``He's a long ways away,'' Manuel said. Garcia left his June 8 start against Kansas City with shoulder soreness and hasn't pitched since. An MRI revealed fraying in his rotator cuff and a problem in the labrum. Garcia was 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts before the injury; Manuel said Garcia is now working at a slower pace than he was in spring training. ``It's going to be a while before he comes back,'' Manuel said. ... RHP Tom Gordon (right rotator cuff) is scheduled to pitch with Class-A Clearwater on Wednesday and Manuel hopes he'll be ready to rejoin the Phillies shortly after the All-Star break. Gordon has been out since May 2. ``This is going to be a big week for him because he's going to start turning the ball loose,'' Manuel said. ``He's going to start seeing where his velocity is at.'' Manuel was also hopeful that RHP Brett Myers (right shoulder strain) would also be ready soon after the break. Myers, on the DL since May 24, is also rehabbing in Florida.

HOUSTON: RHP Brad Lidge (strained oblique muscle) easily threw 28 live pitches to Orlando Palmeiro and Chris Burke on Monday and hopes he'll be ready to pitch again by the end of the week. Lidge has been out since June 16. ``I was real happy with what happened today,'' he said. ``I just kind of dialed it up to where I'd be if I was in a game. I still have to be cautious about how I'm going to feel tomorrow when I wake up, but I'm very optimistic.'' Manager Phil Garner is still considering sending Lidge to the minors for a quick rehab stint. ``Let's see how he feels tomorrow and then see what he can do,'' Garner said. ... 1B Lance Berkman came into Monday's game with a .338 average in his last 18 games and six homers in his last nine. The switch-hitter homered batting right-handed for the first time on Sunday. He's hitting 48 percentage points higher left-handed than right-handed, but Garner still wants Berkman to bat both ways. ``Even if he struggles from the right side, you don't know when that at-bat's going to happen,'' Garner said. ``If a guy's on and we need it, he's liable to hit one just like he did yesterday.'' ... IF Mark Loretta was out of the starting lineup for the first time in eight games. Loretta has a .158 lifetime average against Phillies starter Jamie Moyer.


ARIZONA:
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said his toughest call as NL All-Star manager was leaving Diamondbacks LF Eric Byrnes, batting .315 with 13 home runs, 46 RBIs and 15 steals, off the team. La Russa picked the Phillies' Aaron Rowand because he wanted a backup CF for later in the game. ``I'm going to make it a point to pull him aside and tell him,'' La Russa said. ``He's definitely had an All-Star qualifying performance.'' Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin had no complaints. ``Multiple guys that belong there don't end up going,'' Melvin said. ``Byrnesy's definitely one of those guys.'' ... LHP Randy Johnson, who struggled in his first start coming off the DL from muscle tightness in his buttocks and a sore back, will have a 90-95 pitch limit on Tuesday, or about 25 more than his first start back.

ST. LOUIS:
The Cardinals had anticipated activating SS David Eckstein, on the DL with a lower back injury since June 14, on Monday. But Eckstein had considerable soreness Sunday after a strenuous workout the previous day, so now there's a chance they may wait until after the All-Star break. ... RHP Chris Carpenter's first rehab start coming off elbow surgery in May will be delayed a day with Class A Palm Beach rained out on Monday night. Carpenter has been out since opening day. ... CF Jim Edmonds (lower back) is not expected back until after the All-Star break. He has not had much physical activity since being disabled on June 16. ``He hasn't done enough to be ready sometime this week,'' La Russa said. ``David has, he's been working out.'' ... OF Scott Spiezio, hospitalized for three days with an infected left index finger last week, said he felt much better. But La Russa said he'd try to avoid using him Monday. ``It's still painful, but nothing like it was,'' Spiezio said. ``In an emergency I can play.''


NEW YORK: LHP Oliver Perez will be placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday retroactive to June 30. ``He has some soreness in his lower back, but nothing wrong with his arm'' manager Willie Randolph said. ``It's a precautionary measure.'' ... The Mets will recall LHP Jason Vargas from Triple A New Orleans. ... OF Moises Alou (strained left thigh) will begin working out next Monday. Randolph didn't expect Alou back for possibly two weeks. ... OF Carlos Beltran said he would seek out Barry Bonds during the All-Star festivities. ``I want to pick his brain about hitting,'' Beltran said. ``I've never said more than `Hi' to him.''

COLORADO: RHP Brian Fuentes finds himself in the odd position of being named to the All-Star team while not even serving as his team's closer. Fuentes was temporarily moved out of the role this week after blowing four straight saves during the Rockies' eight-game skid. Fuentes said although he's had a bad week he's had 10 very good weeks. ... The Rockies' 1-9 trip through Toronto, Chicago and Houston marked their worst ever on a trip of at least 10 games. ... Since mid-May the Rockies are 4-0-1 in series at home.


ATLANTA:
Manager Bobby Cox hasn't been ejected at Dodger Stadium since Aug. 3, 1996. On that occasion, the club was playing the next-to-last game of a 17-game road trip they were on because of the Atlanta Olympics. Cox and Chipper Jones were chased by umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a called third strike in the 13th inning. The Braves won 5-3 in 18. ... Cox, whose 131 career ejections ties him for the major league record with John McGraw, doesn't remember his first ejection. But Cox does remember the angriest he ever got leading up to one. It was in 1980, when SS Rafael Ramirez was ruled to have come off the bag too soon before taking the throw on an apparent inning-ending double play with the Dodgers' Dusty Baker sliding into 2B. ``Everybody ran off the field - and the umpire called him for missing the bag,'' Cox recalled. ``He (Ramirez) was a rookie, and the umpire was going to teach him a lesson. But he did touch the bag. I got suspended for that.''

LOS ANGELES: The Dodgers, who just completed a series with NL West rival San Diego, have only one more series with them the rest of the way - which doesn't sit too well with LF Luis Gonzalez. ``It's kind of weird the way the scheduling works out,'' he said. ``I think it hurts us. I mean, if there's a game or two hinging on the race, you want to play those guys head-to-head and let the better team win. The thing I dislike most is when you're playing somebody who's still in the mix, and the teams you're fighting for the pennant are playing teams that are out of contention late in the season and bringing up young players they want to develop for next year. You want then to run their best players out there against those other clubs to try and win the game.'' ... The club announced that Bill Mueller, who replaced Eddie Murray as hitting coach on June 14, will remain in that role the rest of the season. The team has made only modest gains since then, increasing their collective batting average from .261 to .266 and their runs per game from 4.4 to 4.6.

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Athletics reliever Duchscherer to have season-ending hip surgery
July 2, 2007

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Oakland right-hander Justin Duchscherer will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured right hip, the latest bad injury news to hit the Athletics' bullpen this season.

Duchscherer, an All-Star in 2005, had been sidelined since May 15 with soreness in his arthritic right hip that didn't get better with rest and rehabilitation. Duchscherer was called back from a minor league rehab assignment in late May when the injury flared up again and called off a throwing session Sunday in New York.

Manager Bob Geren had been optimistic about Duchscherer's return as recently as the weekend but the decision to have the operation was made after the latest setback.

``He's already tried to do whatever he can to avoid it,'' Geren said before Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The team does not yet know the details of when and where the surgery will occur.

Duchscherer was 3-3 with a 4.96 ERA in 17 relief appearances for Oakland before the injury. He was one of the A's most reliable relievers the past three seasons with a 2.80 ERA in 171 appearances, filling in at closer whenever he was needed.

With closer Huston Street and setup man Kiko Calero also spending time on the disabled list this season, Oakland's bullpen has been short-handed. Street has been sidelined since May 13 with nerve irritation in his right elbow and Calero has been out since June 17 with right shoulder inflammation.

Also, Lenny DiNardo and Chad Gaudin have moved to the rotation after starting the season in the bullpen.

Oakland has gotten good production from Alan Embree, who has converted eight of 10 save chances, and Santiago Casilla, who has allowed only one run in 17 2-3 innings. But the bullpen has struggled of late, going 0-4 with three blown saves and an 8.38 ERA the previous 15 games.

``We haven't had him or Street for the majority of the year,'' Geren said. ``It's been difficult. On the other hand, we've got some great things out of it. Santiago Casilla has come on and looked like a legitimate eighth or ninth inning guy. He might not have gotten that opportunity. I'd rather look at the positives than dwell on the negatives.''

In a bit of good news for Oakland's relievers, Street and Calero are progressing well and scheduled to throw off a mound Tuesday.

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Nationals lose another starter to DL
July 2, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -Nationals starting pitcher Micah Bowie went on the disabled list because of a hip injury Monday and the team called up Tim Redding, who will become the 10th starter and 20th pitcher used by Washington this year.

Redding is scheduled to make his season debut Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. Bowie was injured when he was hit in the shin by a line drive in his last start, a 13-0 loss to Atlanta on Thursday. The impact affected his hip, and he was diagnosed with mild inflammation in the left hip and placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 28.

Bowie hadn't started a major league game since 1999 when he was put into the rotation in late May because of injuries to most of the original starting rotation, but he won his first four decisions - and the Nationals were 7-0 with him starting the game - until last week's loss to Atlanta. The 32-year-old left-hander was 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 28 games.

John Patterson, Shawn Hill, Jerome Williams and Jason Bergmann are among the starters who have spent time on the disabled list this season.

The 29-year-old Redding went 9-5 with a 5.32 ERA in 17 games with Triple-A Columbus. He has a big league record of 21-34 with a 5.16 ERA over five seasons with Houston, San Diego and the New York Yankees. His best season was 2003, when he went 10-14 with a 3.68 ERA for the Astros.

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Rangers activate McCarthy, put Kinsler on DL
July 2, 2007

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -The Texas Rangers activated right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Monday and put second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a left foot stress fracture.

McCarthy, sidelined by a blister on his right middle finger, was scheduled to start Monday's series finale in Boston. He is 4-4 with a 5.90 ERA.

Kinsler's move was retroactive to June 29. Hitting .241, he has 14 home runs and 35 RBIs.

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Bucky Dent out as Reds bench coach
July 3, 2007

CINCINNATI (AP) -The Cincinnati Reds replaced bench coach Bucky Dent with minor league manager Pat Kelly.

Dent, who had been with the Reds since 2005, was removed after the Sunday firing of manager Jerry Narron. The two had been teammates with the New York Yankees and previously coached together with the Texas Rangers.

Kelly was manager of the Reds' rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate and director of the organization's Florida on-field operations. He's spent 20 seasons managing in the minor leagues, and also worked as a minor league pitching coach. He was a scout for the Atlanta Braves last year.

The Reds, who replaced Narron with advance scout Pete Mackanin, also said Tuesday that outfield instructor Ed Napoleon has resigned.

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Yankees may not have A-Rod in second test vs. Twins
July 3rd, 2007

(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees could be without Alex Rodriguez this evening when they play the second of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez was forced to leave Monday's 5-1 win because of a strained left hamstring. Rodriguez, who finished 0-for-4 in the win, tripped over first baseman Justin Morneau's ankle while beating out a potential double play. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

The two-time AL MVP, who leads the majors with 28 home runs and 80 RBI, has not been on the disabled list since July of 2000, while with the Seattle Mariners.

Roger Clemens was phenomenal for the Yankees in the opener of this set, as the seven-time Cy Young Award winner pitched eight solid innings to nail down the 350th victory of his illustrious career.

Clemens (2-3) retired the last 15 batters he faced, giving up one run on two hits with four strikeouts and one walk. The Twins didn't have a base runner with Clemens on the mound after Joe Mauer's leadoff double in the fourth.

With the victory, Clemens became the eighth member of the elusive wins club, the first since Warren Spahn on September 29, 1963.

Boof Bonser (5-5) matched Clemens for five innings before it all fell apart in the sixth. Starting with Bobby Abreu's go-ahead solo homer, Bonser allowed two more hits before hitting the showers. The right-hander was charged with four runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.

Abreu, who had 10 hits over his last 65 at bats (.154) entering Monday's contest, totaled three hits with his fifth home run of the season and Derek Jeter drove in two runs for the Yankees, who won for just the third time in their last 12 games.

Mauer had two hits for Minnesota, losers in two straight after reeling off three wins in a row.

Getting the call for the Yankees tonight will be Taiwanese right-hander Chien- Ming Wang, who is unbeaten in his last six decisions. Wang, who is 7-4 with a 3.86 ERA this season, was roughed up a bit in his last start, though. Against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, Wang surrendered six runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, but did not factor in the decision of his team's 8-6 win.

Wang has only faced the Twins twice in his career and is 1-0 against them with a 2.57 ERA.

Minnesota will counter with right-handed veteran Carlos Silva, who is 6-8 with a 4.15 ERA. Silva won his second straight start on Thursday, as he held the Toronto Blue Jays to five runs and six hits over seven innings.

Silva is 1-1 lifetime against the Yankees with a 7.31 ERA in three starts.

The Yankees took two of three from the Twins earlier this season and hold a slight 9-7 edge in the series since the start of the 2005 campaign. Minnesota has also won just twice in its last 16 regular season visits to the Bronx since the start of the 2002 season.

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Podsednik placed on DL
July 3rd, 2007

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Scott Podsednik on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left ribcage muscle.

The move is retroactive to July 2, when Podsednik left Chicago's 3-1 win against Kansas City with the injury.

Podsednik had flied out to lead off the game, but did not return to the field for the bottom of the first, replaced by Rob Mackowiak in left field.

The 31-year-old has played in only 19 games this season, as he was also sidelined from April 17-June 22 with a right groin strain. He is batting .269 with a homer and two RBI with four stolen bases.

The White Sox recalled 26-year-old outfielder Jerry Owens from Triple-A Charlotte to fill the roster spot. Owens batted .170 (9-for-53) with no homers and no RBI in 15 games for the White Sox earlier this season.

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Diamondbacks place Johnson on DL -- again
July 3rd, 2007

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson landed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season on Tuesday due to continuing back problems.

The move is retroactive to June 29th.

Johnson had offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back and missed the start of the season. The big southpaw then made nine starts before landing on the DL for a second time.

The 43-year-old returned to action on Thursday and was tagged for four runs -- three earned -- in three innings of work in a loss to the Dodgers.

Johnson, who is 4-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts this season, was scheduled to start Tuesday. The Diamondbacks recalled Yusmeiro Petit from Triple-A Tucson to take his place.

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Rockies place Hirsh on DL
July 3rd, 2007

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies placed pitcher Jason Hirsh on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, one day after he sprained his right ankle in a 6-2 win over the New York Mets.

Hirsh suffered the injury when he retreated to third base following a throw from New York catcher Paul Lo Duca to the bag in the sixth inning.

Despite leaving the game immediately, Hirsh earned the win by tossing six shutout innings of three-hit ball. The right-hander has a 4-7 record with a 4.90 ERA in 17 games -- all starts -- for the Rockies this season.

To replace Hirsh on the roster, the club has purchased the contract of right- handed pitcher Matt Herges from Triple-A Colorado Springs. This is his second stint with Colorado this season. He was also with the club April 19-20, appearing in both of those games, allowing four runs -- three earned -- in three innings.

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Giants activate Aurilia from DL
July 3rd, 2007

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants recalled infielder Rich Aurilia from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno and activated him from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Aurilia had been on the disabled list since June 17 with a neck strain.

He is hitting .236 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 52 games this season.

In other roster moves, the Giants placed pitcher Vinnie Chulk on the bereavement list and recalled pitcher Pat Misch from Fresno

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