Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tribe brings up Jackson to start finale with Rays

The Cleveland Indians today re-called left-hander Zach Jackson from Triple-A Columbus.

Jackson, who will start for the Tribe tonight in place of the injured Anthony Reyes, went 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts, for the Clippers. He also pitched twice in relief with the Indians last month and allowed three runs over a 4 2/3-inning span.

The 26-year-old, acquired from Milwaukee as part of the CC Sabathia deal last year, made nine starts for Cleveland last season and compiled a 2-3 record with a 5.60 ERA.

To make room for him on the roster, Cleveland optioned righty Rich Rundles to Columbus.

Orioles make some moves

The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-hander Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list, replacing him on the roster with outfielder Luke Scott, who had been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Uehara exited Saturday's 2-1 win against the Washington Nationals after three innings with soreness in his left hamstring.

In nine starts this season, Uehara is 2-3 with a 4.09 earned run average.

Scott had been on the disabled list since May 11 with a strained right shoulder. He went 3-for-4 with a home run in a two-game rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Delmarva and has batted .303 (30-99) with five home runs and 15 RBI in 29 games for the Orioles this season.

In other Orioles news the team plans on calling up top prospect catcher Matt Wieters, who is expected to make his big leage debut this coming weekend. The fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft, batting .305 with 5 home runs and 30 RBIs at Triple-A Norfolk. He's heated up lately, with 18 hits, including four homers and 18 RBIs, in his past 46 at-bats (.391 batting average).

Of course, should Wieters stick with the Orioles the rest of the way he'll accumulate just 129 days of service time this year and won't have enough experience to become a Super Two until after 2011.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pujols, Brewers dominate early All-Star voting

St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols is among the leaders in the first National League balloting update for the 80th All-Star Game, which will be played on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. His Cardinals' teammate, catcher Yadier Molina is also among the leaders.

A seven-time All-Star and a two-time MVP, Pujols leads all vote-getters with 842,058 votes.

Milwaukee was well represented after the first round of balloting updates, as two Brewers, outfielder Ryan Braun and shortstop J.J. Hardy, led at their respective positions, while six of their teammates were second in the voting.

Other leaders include Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who was the NL's top vote-getter for last year's event, and New York third baseman David Wright. The other leading outfielders were Chicago's Alfonso Soriano and New York's Carlos Beltran.

Curiously, Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez, who is tied for the league lead with 17 home runs and tops the NL with 43 RBI in addition to hitting .345, was sixth in the voting. Also Los Angeles' Manny Ramirez, who is currently serving a 50-game suspension for his involvement with performance enhancing drugs, is fourth in the voting.

An American League balloting update will be released on Wednesday.

Montanez headed to DL

The Baltimore Orioles have placed outfielder Lou Montanez on the 15-day disabled list with torn ligaments in his right thumb. Montanez will undergo surgery to repair the tear and could miss the next two months.

Montanez hurt the thumb making a diving catch in Toronto three weeks ago, but has been playing through the pain. He is hitting just .204 with a home run and six RBI in 18 games this season.

Taking Montanez's place on the roster will be righty Jason Berken, who will make his major league debut tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. Berken, 25, had been 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season.

Beltran to undergo MRI on knee

Carlos Beltran will have an MRI performed on his ailing right knee. The knee, which apparently has been bothering him the last week, caused Beltran to serve as the team's designated hitter against the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

Beltran ran before Monday's win over the Washington Nationals and told manager Jerry Manuel he could play the field. He finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The 32-year-old Beltran leads the Mets with a .367 average, six homers and 31 RBI.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cards minor leaguer suspended

St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Kenny Maiques was suspended for 50 games on Friday by Major League Baseball for a positive drug test, the commissioner's office announced this afternoon.

Maiques tested positive for a "drug of abuse", according the official release.

The righty, who was once considered the best junior college pitcher in the country, had been struggling for Double-A Springfield, where he had allowed seven runs (six earned) with 13 walks in 3 2/3 innings this season.

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