June 7, 2012
MLB notes: Holland feeling fatigued
By QMI Agency
Alexi Ogando made his way back into the Texas Rangers starting rotation Thursday when left-hander Derek Holland went on the 15-day disabled Thursday with shoulder fatigue.
With Ogando coming out of the bullpen, the Rangers recalled right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers from triple-A Round Rock.
Holland said he has lost 15 pounds in less than three weeks because of a stomach ailment.
Holland is 5-4 with a 5.10 earned-run average, and 2-2 with an 8.38 ERA in his past four starts.
Holland joins another starter, Neftali Feliz, on the disabled list. Feliz has a sprained ligament in his right elbow and could be out until the all-star break.
Ogando started 29 games in 2011 and had a 13-8 record with a 3.51 ERA.
DOOR SLAMS ON H-ROD
Washington Nationals reliever Brad Lidge returned from the 15-day disabled list Thursday while Henry Rodriguez, 25, who has lost the closer's job, went on the DL, retroactive to June 6, with a strained right index finger. It's the same finger he slammed with a bathroom door last week, the Washington Post reported.
Lidge, 35, has missed 38 games with an abdominal injury. In seven early season appearances, the right-hander had two saves and a 5.14 ERA in seven appearances.
LASORDA OUT OF HOSPITAL
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, 84, was released from a New York hospital Thursday after suffering a heart attack Monday. He is expected to return to Los Angeles during the next few days, the L.A. Times reported.
The team said doctors inserted a stent to repair a blocked artery.
"The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue. I'm looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers," Lasorda said this week.
Lasorda -- who retired as Dodgers manager after a previous heart attack in 1996 but has remained with the team -- was in New York as part of the draft.
BRAUN CASE SPARKS CHANGES
MLB and the players union have revised the drug program in the wake of a botched suspension of Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, who allegedly failed a test.
Braun was able to overturn a 50-game suspension because the urine-sample collector didn't send it immediately via FedEx to a drug lab. The language has been changed to say the specimen should be delivered immediately unless their are "unusual circumstances" such as inclement weather or an inability to get to a courier's office before closing.
The revised agreement includes additional human-growth hormone testing during spring training and during the off-season.
The Oakland A's said Thursday they had no idea when Manny Ramirez, 40, would be joining the team from his triple-A assignment. Ramirez is 9-for-37 in the minors with no extra-base hits ... Roger Clemens' wife, Debbie, took the stand briefly Thursday at the former pitcher's perjury trial. She is expected to testify Friday about allegations she received an injection of human growth hormone from Brian McNamee before she posed for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot in 2003 ... The Minnesota Twins will recall first baseman Chris Parmelee in time for Friday's interleague game against the Chicago Cubs. Parmelee opened the season with the Twins but was sent to triple-A Rochester after batting .179 in 27 games. He hit .375 with four homers for Rochester ... The Philadelphia Phillies have placed second baseman Freddy Galvis on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Galvis, 22, was hitting .226 with 15 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI ... The Houston Astros have agreed on a contract with shortstop Carlos Correa, 17, who was drafted first overall Monday. Astros owner Jim Crane hinted the bonus would be less than the prescribed $7.2 million for a No. 1 overall pick ... New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardiner (strained right elbow) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday ... St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder.