MLB notes: Dempster skips Toronto
By QMI Agency
|Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ryan Dempster throws a pitch to the New York Yankees in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, August 13, 2012. (REUTERS)
Canadian right-hander Ryan Dempster won't get a chance to pitch in his home country this weekend.
Dempster, a B.C. native, will miss the series between his Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays because of personal reasons. The 35-year-old is expected to rejoin the Rangers Monday.
Roy Oswalt will take Dempster's spot in the rotation Saturday.
Dempster is 1-1 with and 8.31 earned-run average in three starts since being acquired July 31 from the Chicago Cubs. The 35-year-old had a 5-5 record with a 2.25 ERA with Chicago.
The Rangers recalled outfielder Leonys Martin from triple-A Round Rock as Dempster was placed on the restricted List.
DRY SPELL FOR JURRJENS
Struggling pitcher Jair Jurrjens had to be taken to hospital for an overnight stay because of dehydration during his latest minor-league rehab start, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
The 26-year-old right-hander, who was at triple-A after recovering from a groin injury, threw just 43 pitches before leaving the game.
Jurrjens was solid last season with a 13-6 record and a 2.96 earned-run average for the Braves. But he has taken a step backward in 2012, going 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA.
CASTRO EXTENSION IN WORKS
The Chicago Cubs are working on a long-term contract extension for shortstop Starlin Castro, according to multiple reports.
"Starlin loves being a Chicago Cub and would like to play there his entire career," agent Paul Kinzer told CSNChicago.com.
"We have been talking about a long-term deal."
At 22, Castro is a budding star. Entering play Friday, he was batting .276 with 12 homers, 58 RBI and 19 stolen bases. He had a National League-leading 207 hits in 2011.
MURRAY SETTLES CHARGE
Former Baltimore Orioles great Eddie Murray has reached a deal with the Securities and Exchanges Commission after being charged with insider trading.
The SEC alleges the Hall of Famer made $235,314 in illegal profits based on confidential information ahead of an acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics Inc. Murray agreed to settle by paying $358,151 without admitting or denying the SEC's allegations.
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was not in the starting lineup Friday because of a sore left wrist. Teixeira leads the Yankees with 78 RBI and is hitting .257 with 23 homers ... Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects to have left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia back next weekend. Sabathia is on the 15-day disabled list with elbow soreness ... The Chicago White Sox reinstated first baseman Paul Konerko from the seven-day disabled list Friday and put infielder Orlando Hudson on the 15-day DL because of a bruised right foot. They also placed pitcher Leyson Septimo on the 15-day DL because of left biceps inflammation and recalled pitcher Hector Santiago from triple-A Charlotte. Konerko had been sidelined since Aug. 10 with a concussion ... The Washington Nationals reinstated shortstop Ian Desmond from the 15-day DL. Desmond, who has been out since July 21 because of a left oblique strain, is batting .286 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI ... The Minnesota Twins reinstated pitcher Anthony Swarzak from the 15-day DL and brought up outfielder Matt Carson from triple-A Rochester. Swarzak was 2-4 with a 4.43 ERA before suffering a right rotator cuff strain in late July ... The Atlanta Braves activated pitcher Tommy Hanson off the 15-day DL and optioned pitcher Cory Gearrin to triple-A Gwinnett. Hanson, who had been sidelined with a lower back injury, was scheduled to start Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.