MLB notes: Overbay designated for assignment
By QMI Agency
|Lyle Overbay reacts after striking out against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., June 28, 2011. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)
Lyle Overbay's short tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates is over.
The ex-Toronto Blue Jays first baseman was designated for assignment on Monday, ending his stay with the Pirates after less than one season. Overbay, who was signed to a one-year, $5 million contract by Pittsburgh during the winter, will be released if another team doesn't claim him on waivers, an unlikely scenario gives his struggles at the plate this season.
Pittsburgh has 10 days to trade, waive or release the 34-year-old Overbay.
Overbay was deemed expendable after the Pirates acquired Derrek Lee from the Baltimore Orioles on the weekend. Lee, who is hitting .246 with 12 homers and 41 RBI, reported to Pittsburgh in time for Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
In 103 games with the Pirates, Overbay hit .227 with eight homers and 37 RBI.
Carrasco gets six
Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was given a six-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Monday.
Carrasco was suspended for intentionally throwing a pitch near the head of Kansas City Royals first baseman Billy Butler during Friday's game in Cleveland. The Indians starter, who was ejected in the fourth inning, had just given up a grand slam to Kansas City's Melky Cabrera when he buzzed Butler.
Indians manager Manny Acta said Carrasco will appeal the suspension, allowing him to start Wednesday in Boston.
Jimenez gets ball
Ubaldo Jimenez will make his first start with the Cleveland Indians on the road Friday against the Texas Rangers.
Jimenez, acquired from the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, offered to start Thursday's series finale with the Boston Red Sox, according to manager Manny Acta. But the Indians thought it would be better to give the right-hander another get to get used to his new surroundings.
"Obviously, it was a roller coaster for him over the last 10 days," Acta said on MLB.com. "That's the only team he's ever known. He joined them when he was 16 years old. Going through this type of situation for the first time in his career wasn't easy for him. He's relieved that it's over."
Jimenez won't join the Indians in Boston until Wednesday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks called up infielder Paul Goldschmidt from double-A Mobile Monday. The D-back also optioned pitchers Sam Ddemel and Ryan Cook to triple-A Reno to clear the way for newly acquired pitchers Jason Marquis and Brad Ziegler to be added to the roster ... Kansas City starter Kyle Davies was put on the 15-day DL with right shoulder impingement, retroactive to July 26. Lefty reliever Everett Teaford was called up to take Davies' spot ... New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter wasn't in the starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox. Jeter sat out with a bruised finger on his right hand