MLB notes: Another blow to Rangers staff

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth...

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas last month. (REUTERS)

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The Texas Rangers continue to be riddled with injury woes, the latest being starting pitcher Colby Lewis.

The 32-year-old went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of tendinitis in his right forearm, joining fellow pitchers Neftali Feliz (sprained elbow ligament), Derek Holland (stomach ailment, sore shoulder) and Alexi Ogando (strained groin) on the sidelines.

Lewis has a 6-6 record with a 3.51 earned-run average in 15 starts this season. He has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.50) in the big leagues. Reliever Scott Feldman will start Thursday in place of Lewis.

Martin Perez, 21, their top pitching prospect, has been recalled from triple-A Round Rock.

ROBINSON TO STEER YOUTH BASEBALL

Frank Robinson is being asked to guide the development on young players, particularly inner-city kids, in his new role with MLB.

The Hall of Famer, who has held numerous positions under commissioner Bud Selig, is now the executive vice-president of baseball development, MLB announced Tuesday.

Robinson will manage the Urban Youth Academies in Compton, Calif., Houston and Puerto Rico, as well as the development of future sites in New Orleans, Hialeah, Fla., and Philadelphia.

"With more than 55 years of knowledge and experience in our game, Frank Robinson continues to be an extraordinary ambassador for baseball," Selig said. "This position will allow Frank to represent the national pastime to the next generation."

Robinson, the only player to win the MVP award in both the American and National Leagues, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 after a 21-season playing career, during which he hit 586 home runs. He was also the first African-American manager in baseball history.

CROSS-TOWN HIRE

The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired former Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher as a special assistant to the general manager.

Hatcher was fired by the Angels early in the season -- he had been their hitting coach since 2000.

Hatcher lost his job a couple of weeks after the Angels' Albert Pujols said he was perturbed that the hitting coach publicly discussed the prized slugger's attempt to instil confidence in his teammates.

As a player, Hatcher helped the Dodgers defeat the Oakland Athletics in the 1988 World Series, batting .368 with two homers in five games. During his 12-year career, the infielder/outfielder hit .280 in 1,130 games with the Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

Before joining the Angel, Hatcher coached and managed in the Dodgers farm system for several seasons and had a stint with the parent club as first base coach/hitting instructor in 1998.

BRIEFLY

The Detroit Tigers activated left-hander Drew Smyly from the 15-day disabled in time to make Tuesday's start against the Texas Rangers.Smyly, 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA, had been out since June 11 with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The Tigers optioned pitcher Jacob Turner back to triple-A Toledo ... The New York Yankees claimed pitcher Danny Farquhar off waivers from the Oakland Athletics ... Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster (latissimus muscle strain) won't be ready to return from the disabled list Sunday when eligible, ESPN Chicago has reported. The right-hander likely will miss one or two more starts ... The Chicago White Sox have released outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, 35, after designating him for assignment last week.


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