MLB notes: Doubles trouble for batters

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, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

It seems doubles can be dangerous these days.

Matt Carpenter landed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after the St. Louis Cardinals infielder/outfielder strained his right oblique as he swung for a two-base hit.

And Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada had to come out of a game Wednesday when he hurt his right hip running the bases after pounding a two-run double.

"I got to second and knew something wasn't right, but I didn't know what it was," said Carpenter, who was hurt in a game Tuesday. "It scares you more than anything."

Carpenter, who left the game after the first-inning at-bat, became the fifth Cardinals player to be placed on the disabled list since May 16. Catcher Steven Hill, called up from triple-A Memphis, will take his roster spot.

Estrada suffered a strained right hip flexor in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday and left the game. He was set to have an MRI.

"When I saw the third baseman miss the ball I tried to push off and that's when I felt it pop," Estrada said.

IDENTITY FAKER PARDONED

Juan Carlos Oviedo -- the pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez -- has received a pardon from the U.S. State Department, allowing him to apply for a visa to travel to the U.S., according to ESPNdeportes.

Oviedo, 30, now needs the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic to issue a visa so he can rejoin the Miami Marlins.

U.S. authorities discovered last September that Oviedo had faked his identity to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000. He used the name of his friend, Leo Nunez, who was a year younger, ensuring more money and better opportunity.

MAN-RAM ON ROAD BACK

Manny Ramirez on Wednesday was scheduled to play his fourth game for triple-Sacramento in his attempt to work his way back to the majors with the Oakland Athletics.

Ramirez has gone 3-for-8 in three triple-A games, while sitting out one game because of a sore left wrist.

The A's had hoped to call him up May 30 but that isn't etched in stone.

"We want to get him close to 40 at-bats (at triple-A)," Oakland manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com on Wednesday. "We're not locked into the 30th. We want to make sure he's productive, he's feeling good about his swing, he's getting his hits ..."

Ramirez turns 40 on May 30, the day his drug suspension expires.

RANGERS EYE OSWALT?

Ron Washington would be interested in acquiring free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, the Texas Rangers manager told ESPN Dallas on Wednesday.

The Rangers could use another starting pitcher with Neftali Feliz sidelined with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

"Oswalt has to want to come to Texas and we have to get him ready," Washington said, adding it would be up to general manager Jon Daniels to decide whether to sign the 34-year-old right-hander. "The guy is a quality pitcher. But I'm more than certain there are other teams trying to do the same things."

BRIEFLY

The Milwaukee Brewers claimed infielder Cody Ransom off waivers Wednesday. Ransom, 36, hit .269 with four homers and 13 RBI with Arizona before the Diamondbacks waived him this week ... Bud Selig isn't a big fan of replay, telling a conference Wednesday that he doesn't believe MLB requires any further video review. "I've had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more," the commissioner said. Selig gave the go-ahead in 2008 to review borderline home run calls ... Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli was activated off the bereavement list before Wednesday's game against the Mets. Grilli, who was placed on the list Sunday, is 1-1 with a 2.25 earned-run average in 17 relief appearances this season. The 35-year-old right-hander is in his second season with the Pirates.


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