Thumbs down for Tigers outfielder Boesch

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

The Detroit Tigers have placed outfielder Brennan Boesch on the 15-day disabled list because of a right thumb injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Boesch underwent surgery Sept. 6 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. He hit .283 this season with 16 homers and 54 RBI.

The move to the disabled list opens a potential post-season roster spot for a September callup.

RED SOX HURTING

Kevin Youkilis was out of the Boston Red Sox lineup Friday because of a hip injury.

While the Red Sox were in Tampa to open a weekend series against the Rays, Youkilis travelled home to Boston to be examined by a doctor.

Pitcher Erik Bedard also is absent from the team, reportedly because of a muscle strain in his back and a sore knee.

PENDLETON HOME AGAIN

The Houston Astros claimed right-handed pitcher Lance Pendleton off waivers Friday from the New York Yankees.

Pendleton, a Houston native, attended spring training with the Astros this year after being acquired from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft last December.

He was returned to the Yankees on March 28, 2011.

Pendleton, who turns 28 Saturday, made 11 relief appearances for New York, with a 3.21 earned-run average.

Houston also signed undrafted free agent pitcher Alan Abreu out of Lander University, where he played shortstop and centre field.

CHISOX LOSE KEY MAN

The Chicago White Sox have lost outfielder/first baseman Brent Lillibridge for the rest of the season because of a fracture in his right hand.

Lillibridge was hit by a pitch Thursday night from Josh Judy but stayed in the game and scored a run in the seventh inning. X-rays later revealed the fracture.

Lillibridge, 27, was hitting .282 with 13 homers.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said losing the versatile Lillibridge is a "big, big miss."

BRIEFLY

Melvin Garcia, a minor-league outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays chain, has been suspended 50 games for a drug violation. Garcia, who turns 20 on Sept. 17, played this past season for Jays farm teams in the Appalachian and Gulf Coast leagues ... The Cleveland Indians have recalled first baseman Matt LaPorta from triple-A Columbus. LaPorta batted .238 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 97 games for the Indians before he was optioned to Columbus Aug. 30.


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