March 30, 2012
MLB notebook: Livan not unemployed for long
By QMI Agency
The Atlanta Braves, in need of a spot starter and reliever, signed veteran Livan Hernandez on Friday, two hours after the right-hander was released by the Houston Astros.
Hernandez, 37, signed a one-year contract.
It is possible Hernandez will join Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran in the battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. Hernandez has been a starter throughout his 16-year career, posting a 174-176 record with a 4.39 earned-run average.
ABREU DEAL NOT BREWING
The Cleveland Indians could use an extra bat in their lineup, but a rumoured deal for Bobby Abreu fell through Friday. The Los Angeles Angels, with plenty of outfielders and designated hitters, have been looking to move Abreu, 38.
The Indians will be without injury-riddled Grady Sizemore (back) until May, while fellow outfielder Michael Brantley has had hamstring problems at training camp.
"There's nothing to report," Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti told the Plain Dealer. "We continue to look for ways to improve our roster. We've made a couple of deals already and if there are other opportunities to improve the team, we'll certainly pursue them."
PHILS, HAMELS TALKING
The Philadelphia Phillies reportedly are trying to work out a contract extension for starter Cole Hamels.
Hamel's agents want a deal similar to the six-year, $137.5-million package Johan Santana got from New York Mets a year before he hit free agency, ESPN.com reported.
Hamels is set to make $15 million this season.
Philadelphia is offering a four-year contract for Hamels, 28, who is 74-54 with a 3.39 ERA over six seasons.
MIGGY MAKES IT BACK
Miguel Cabrera whacked two doubles Friday in his first game since March 19, helping the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 win over Baltimore in Grapefruit League action.
Cabrera has recovered from a fractured orbital bone suffered when he was smacked in the face by a bad-hop grounder at third base.
Tigers backup catcher Gerald Laird injured his left knee in a collision with teammate Don Kelly while chasing a foul fly.
MILLS DOESN'T CUT IT
Brad Mills, a left-hander obtained from the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher Jeff Mathis, had a strong training camp but didn't crack the Angels rotation.
Mills, who had a 1.23 ERA in 14 2/3 innings, was optioned Friday to triple-A Salt Lake.
THE 27-year-old allowed two runs and four hits in six innings last Tuesday, going head-to-head with the San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum. The Angels won 5-3.
The Angels also demoted hot prospect Mike Trout. The 20-year-old outfielder battled right-shoulder tendinitis and a virus throughout training camp.
Canadian Adam Loewen lost out to Mike Baxter in a battle among left-handed hitters for a bench job with the New York Mets. Loewen, a 27-year-old outfielder previously in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, was assigned to the Mets minor-league camp ... Domestic battery charges against Manny Ramirez have been dropped because his wife would not co-operate with Miami-area prosecutors, a spokesman said. Juliana Ramirez had told police in September her husband hit her. She avoided being served with a subpoena, the spokesman said ... Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Friday in a radio interview in St. Louis that he's optimistic Chris Carpenter will return in May from a nerve issue in his shoulder ... Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford (left wrist) likely will be out until May, the Boston Globe reported. Crawford has yet to take live batting practice as he rehabs from surgery ... Jed Lowrie could open the season at shortstop for the Houston Astros, as an MRI has revealed that his sprained right thumb has no ligament damage.