MLB notes: Thome officially retiring with Indians

Cleveland Indians' Shelley Duncan (47) shakes hands with teammate Jim Thome after hitting his...

Cleveland Indians' Shelley Duncan (47) shakes hands with teammate Jim Thome after hitting his second two run homerun of the game against the Detroit Tigers. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

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The Cleveland Indians announced on Saturday that Jim Thome, the club's all-time home run leader, will sign an honorary contract with the team and officially retire.

The Indians unveiled Thome's statue earlier Saturday in Heritage Park, in center field at Progressive Field. The statue features Thome in his signature pose, with him pointing to center field with his bat. The Indians also placed a marker in center field, at the spot where his 511-foot homer -- the longest in the ballpark's history -- landed on July 3, 1999.

Thome spent 12 of his 22-year major-league career with the Indians. His 337 home runs are the most in franchise history. He hit 30 or more homers seven times in that span -- including 40 or more three times -- and drove in 100 or more runs six times. Thome also is the club's all-time walks leader with 1,008.

Thome ranks in the Indians' all-time top 10 in several offensive categories including RBIs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, runs and doubles.

GOLDSCHMIDT BREAKS LEFT HAND

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed all-star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand Saturday.

Goldschmidt was injured Friday night when he was hit by a pitch from the Pittsburgh Pirates' Ernesto Frieri. There is no timetable for his return.

Goldschmidt, 26, was having a great follow-up season to his National League MVP runner-up performance in 2013. He is hitting .300 with 19 homers and 69 RBIs, and he leads the majors with 39 doubles and 75 runs scored.

Arizona recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno to replace Goldschmidt on the roster.

COLE SCRATCHED FROM REHAB

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole was scratched from his second rehab start for Saturday night with Triple-A Indianapolis, according to MLB.com.

Cole is recovering from a strained right lat muscle. It is not clear if he had a setback or when he will pitch next.

"After Gerrit's last outing and last bullpen, we decided another bullpen to refine some things was the best course of action,"

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington wrote in a text message to reporters.

Cole has been on the disabled list for about a month. He made his first rehab start Monday, allowing no runs over five innings.

This season, Cole is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts.

DODGERS’ MAHOLM TEARS ACL

Los Angeles Dodgers announced Saturday that left-hander Paul Maholm has a torn ACL in his right knee.

Maholm was injured while covering first base in the seventh inning of Friday night's 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. An MRI revealed the injury. The Dodgers announced that he will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache and decide on treatment, including surgery.

Maholm, who has mostly pitched in relief this season, would have been an option to replace struggling right-hander Dan Haren in the rotation. Haren allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday and has a 10.03 ERA since July 1.

In 30 appearances (eight starts), Maholm is 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA this year.

The Dodgers also lost outfielder Yasiel Puig (mild left hamstring strain) and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (right knee bruise) to baserunning injuries Friday. Manager Don Mattingly said both players are day to day.

RED SOX CATCHER ROSS SHELVED

The Boston Red Sox placed catcher David Ross on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a ruptured plantar fascia in his right foot.

In a corresponding roster move, the Red Sox called up catcher Dan Butler from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Ross, 37, made his first start Friday since July 28 and aggravated the injury against the New York Yankees. He left the game in the seventh inning. He is batting .192 with a .255 on-base percentage, six home runs and 12 RBIs in 139 plate appearances this season.

Butler, 27, is batting .227 with a .306 on-base percentage, four home runs and 28 RBIs in 297 plate appearances with Pawtucket.

MARINERS’ HART TO DL

The Seattle Mariners placed designated hitter Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list, activated pitcher James Paxton from 60-day disabled list and outrighted pitcher Blake Beavan from the 40-man roster after he cleared waivers Saturday.

Hart went on the disabled list with a right knee contusion. The 32-year-old missed 42 games during an earlier stint on the DL from May 19 to July 3 with a strained left hamstring. He is batting .203 with a .278 on-base percentage, five home runs and 20 RBIs this season.

Paxton, 25, had been on the disabled list since April 9 with a strained left shoulder. He has made two starts this season, allowing three runs over 12 innings while striking out 13 and walking two. He was scheduled to start Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Beavan, 25, has been out most of the season with a right shoulder injury. In one start this season, he allowed two runs over four innings. He has a 2.14 ERA in 21 minor-league innings.

TRIBE RECALL HOUSE

The Cleveland Indians recalled left-handed pitcher TJ House from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Austin Adams to Columbus on Saturday.

House, 24, was scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers. In 10 games (nine starts) for Cleveland this year, he is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He is 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 10 starts for Columbus.

Adams allowed no runs in 1 1/3 innings Friday against Texas.

 


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