Posted on: May 18, 2010 2:42 pm

Report: NL Triple Crown leader Ethier to DL

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is expected to land on the 15-day disabled list, is reporting.

Ethier broke his right pinkie during batting practice on Saturday. His finger was placed in a splint on Sunday.

Ethier leads the National League in the Triple Crown categories. The right fielder is tops in batting (.392) and RBI (38) and is tied with Arizona's Kelly Johnson in homers (11).

Posted on: May 7, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2010 12:48 pm

Cubs to call up shortstop Castro

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports the Cubs are calling up shortstop Starlin Castro and plan on inserting him into the lineup immediately.

The 20-year-old is hitting .376 with one homer, 14 extra-base hits and 20 RBI in 26 games with Double-A Tennessee.

Reports claim manager Lou Piniella plans to start Castro at short, move Ryan Theriot to second base and send Chad Tracy to the minors.


Posted on: May 6, 2010 6:51 pm

Astros' Berkman open-minded about possible trade

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle reports Astros veteran first baseman Lance Berkman is open to being dealt.

"If it was me and I was running the show here, if we didn't make a great comeback like we did in '05 and be sort of around .500 by the All-Star break, I'd try to trade every veteran I could to reload," Berkman told the Chronicle. "That's the quickest way you're going to be able to reload and get it going in the right direction."

Berkman, who is in the final year of his contract with the team holding a $15 million option for 2011, is hitting just .213 in 47 at-bats with two homers and seven RBI through Wednesday.

"As a player, if [the team] came to me and said, 'Hey, we've got a deal to go to a contender,' I'd take it," Berkman added to the Chronicle. "Heck, it's only a three- or four-month deal. It's not like I'm signing for 10 years with another team."

Berkman, who is in his 12th season with the Astros since he debuted with them in 1999, has 315 homers and 1,048 RBI, while batting .299 in his career.
Posted on: May 3, 2010 2:40 pm

Dodgers look to fix rotation with Padilla out

Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports Dodgers starting pitcher Vicente Padilla is expected to be out until at least June with an irritated nerve in his right forearm.

And with original fifth start Charlie Haeger struggling, Joe Torre is trying to figure out which two starters can fill in.

John Ely, who will get another start Thursday, and Carlos Monasterios, who pitched well in Haeger's place on Saturday are the likely candidates.

Posted on: May 3, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2010 2:30 pm

Braves' Escobar could end up on DL

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar could end up on the disabled list.

Escobar, who left Thursday's game after straining his left abductor, is listed as day to day, but manager Bobby Cox doesn't expect Escobar back soon and thinks a trip to the DL is a possibility.

Escobar sat out the weekend serries

"If he can't play in the Washington series I think we'll probably call somebody up," Cox said of Escobar, who sat out the weekend series in Florida.

Brandon Hicks, who is hitting .163 with one homer and five RBI at Triple-A Gwinnett, could get called up if Escobar lands on the DL.  

Posted on: May 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 5:30 pm

Nats plan to promote Strasburg to Triple-A club

Bill Ladson of reports the Washington Nationals plan to promote Stephen Strasburg to Triple-A Syracuse as long as the weather permits and he pitches well for Double-A Harrisburg against Altoona on Sunday.

Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 first-year player draft, has been dominate since starting the season with Harrisburg, yielding just one earned run while striking out 23 in 17 1/3 innings. The San Diego State product is 3-0 with an 0.52 ERA in four starts.

"As he progresses, he is going to go to Syracuse and is going to pitch there until we deem he is ready to go to the next level," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told "It's reasonable to assume he is going to be in Syracuse sometime soon.

"He is doing everything we thought he would do and more. He seems to get better and better and stronger and stronger each start."

Posted on: April 29, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2010 12:58 pm

Rangers' Kinsler likely to be activated Friday

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is recovering from an ankle sprain, went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI and a stolen base in a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco.

Kinsler is likely to be activated for Friday's contest with the Seattle Mariners. Infielders Joaquin Arias or Andres Blanco are the likely candidates to be demoted.
Posted on: April 29, 2010 12:02 pm

Mets' Beltran not close to return

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, is not close to returning.

A team official confirmed on Wednesday that Beltran was fitted for a custom right knee brace in the hopes of accelerating his rehabilitation.

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