Felipe Paulino likely will become the fourth Kansas City Royals pitcher this season to have Tommy John surgery.
Paulino has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after pitching Wednesday for double-A Northwest Arkansas on a rehab assignment. He was in the minors working his way back from a strained right groin that landed him on the disabled list.
When healthy this season, Paulino has been brilliant, going 3-1 with a 1.67 earned-run average.
Paulino will get a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, but the right-hander is likely to join teammates Joakim Soria, Blake Wood and Danny Duffy in having season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Also, the Royals activated catcher Salvador Perez from the disabled list and optioned pitcher Tommy Hottovy to triple-A Omaha and transferred outfielder Lorenzo Cain to the 60-day DL.
RAYS SLUGGER OUT
Outfielder Matt Joyce was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain -- one of several moves the Tampa Bay Rays made Friday.
Joyce leads the Rays with 11 homers this season.
Infielder Jeff Keppinger was reinstated from the 15-day DL while infielder Brooks Conrad was claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rays also recalled pitcher Brandon Gomes from triple-A Durham, optioned outfielder Rich Thompson to Durham and designated infielder Drew Sutton for assignment.
Keppinger had been out since mid-May because of a broken right big toe.
Rays reliever Joel Peralta has dropped his appeal and will begin serving an eight-game suspension for possessing a foreign substance -- pine tar -- on his glove.
A DIFFERENT PITCH FOR HAMILTON
Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has confirmed that his life story is being pitched in hopes of making it into a movie.
The outfielder and his wife, Katie, said in a statement they had been approached by Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures to have a feature film made about them.
While the Hamiltons said they are not involved in pitching the idea to Hollywood, they will play "an integral part of the film's creative direction and accuracy as the project develops."
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold will have surgery on his neck to alleviate pressure on a nerve caused by a herniated disc. The operation, scheduled for Monday, is similar to the ones quarterback Peyton Manning underwent last year. It won't be known until after the procedure whether Reimold will be able to return to the Orioles this season ... The Baltimore Sun has speculated that the Orioles might be close to calling up 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer. Moyer has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings at triple-A after being knocked around earlier this season with Colorado, leading to his release from the Rockies ... The Chicago White Sox have placed pitcher Philip Humber on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain. Humber, 29, pitched a perfect game April 21 against the Seattle Mariners ... The Milwaukee Brewers have signed pitcher Livan Hernandez to a one-year contract. The 37-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 18 games with the Atlanta Braves before being designated for assignment June 15. The Brewers also have activated shortstop Cesar Izturis from the 15-day disabled list Friday and designated infielder Edwin Maysonet for assignment ... The Texas Rangers have placed Mitch Moreland on the 15-day DL because of a strained left hamstring. The first baseman likely will be out four to six weeks.