May 22, 2012
MLB notes: $18M lawsuit accuses Chapman of conspiracy
By QMI Agency
Cuba native Aroldis Chapman is being sued for $18 million, accused of conspiracy to detain and torture the plaintiff, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Chapman, 24, a relief pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds, also was arrested Monday for allegedly travelling 93 m.p.h. and driving with a suspended licence.
The lawsuit alleges that Chapman and his father worked with Cuban security forces to help in the arrest, imprisonment and torture of a Cuban-American, who was wrongly accused of human trafficking. Danilo Curbelo Garcia, convicted in 2008, is serving a 10-year sentence in Cuba.
The suit alleges that Chapman's motive was to curry favour with the Cuban government -- "which he accomplished by becoming an informant" -- so he would be restored to the national team after an earlier defection attempt.
Chapman finally did defect in 2009 in the Netherlands before signing a six-year, $30.25-million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
WHITE SOX HIRE HUDSON
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with infielder Orlando Hudson after placing third baseman Brent Morel on the 15-day disabled list.
Hudson, 34, was released last Thursday by the San Diego Padres after hitting .211 with five triples, one home run and 11 RBI in 35 games this season.
Morel, who has a strained back, is hitting .177 with five RBI this season.
Hudson has played 1,294 career games for five teams, including the Toronto Blues Jays (2002-05). He has a .276 average with 91 home runs and 525 RBI.
RED SOX GET ACTIVE
The Boston Red Sox activated infielder Kevin Youkilis on Tuesday and recalled outfielder Scott Podsednik from triple-A Pawtucket.
Podsednik hit .323 with one homer in nine games at Pawtucket
The Red Sox outfield has been hit hard by injuries, with Cody Ross (foot) and Ryan Sweeney (concussion) the latest.
Podsednik, 36, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a career .279 hitter over 10 major-league seasons.
LEGENDS READY FOR SOME SOFTBALL
Kansas City Royals old-timers George Brett and Bo Jackson will be among the players at a softball game featuring legends and celebrities at MLB's all-star festivities.
The six-inning game will be played Sunday, July 8 at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, two days before the all-star game.
Other former players expected to take part are Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Dave Winfield, Joe Carter, Mike Piazza and Mike Sweeney.
Texas Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz will be shut down for a month after he was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament ... The Detroit Tigers have placed second baseman Ryan Raburn on the bereavement list. He is expected back Friday. The Tigers recalled infielder Danny Worth from triple-A Toledo ... The Philadelphia Phillies placed shortstop Jimmy Rollins on the paternity list and recalled catcher Erik Kratz from triple-A Lehigh Valley. Rollins, who has hit .229 through 42 games this season, can stay on the list for up to three days ... The Kansas City Royals placed second baseman Chris Getz on the disabled list and purchased the contract of pitcher Will Smith from triple-A Omaha. Getz aggravated a left ribcage injury while sliding into second base Monday night ... The Washington Nationals activated pitcher Chien-Ming Wang from the 15-day disabled list and placed pitcher Ryan Mattheus (plantar fasciitis) on the 15-day DL. Wang had been projected as the team's fifth starter before straining his left hamstring, but likely will be used out of the bullpen.