Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a right oblique strain.
The move is retroactive to April 27. He is eligible to come off the DL on May 12.
Braun has not played since April 26. He was initially projected to miss 3-5 games after an MRI taken Monday confirmed the injury. However, the team decided to place him on the DL after he was re-evaluated.
In a corresponding move, the Brewers activated outfielder Logan Schafer from the DL.
Braun is batting .318 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 22 games this season.
IWAKUMA IN ACTION
The Seattle Mariners activated Hisashi Iwakuma from the disabled list and the right-hander made his season debut Saturday against the Houston Astros.
Iwakuma, who placed third in the American League Cy Young Award balloting last year, sustained a strained ligament in his right middle finger in January.
Iwakuma did not have surgery but was shut down from throwing for more than a month before having bullpen sessions and simulated games. After tossing four innings in a minor-league rehab assignment with triple-A Tacoma last Sunday, the Mariners decided to debut him Saturday.
Iwakuma pitched 6 2/3 innings Saturday, giving up six hits and four earned runs in a 9-8 Seattle win.
Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese has a broken right middle finger after getting hit on the hand by a pitch during Friday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, but hopes to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
The injury is to Freese’s throwing hand, but whether or not he goes on the DL will be determined by how he feels in the next few days, MLB.com reported Saturday.
Freese, 31, is hittng .202 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 24 games this season.
The Chicago White Sox placed centre fielder Adam Eaton on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to a strained right hamstring.
The club also transferred right-hander Nate Jones to the 60-day DL, recalled left-hander Frank De Los Santos from triple-A Charlotte and claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.
GOMES ON PAT LIST
The Cleveland Indians placed catcher Yan Gomes on the paternity list, purchased the contract of catcher George Kottaras from triple-A Columbus, recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone from triple-A Columbus and designated infielder Elliott Johnson for assignment.
Gomes left the team last night to be with his wife, Jennifer, who is expecting the couple’s first child. He will be away from the team for a maximum of three days.
Kottaras, 30, signed with Cleveland on April 3 as a minor-league free agent after spending spring training with the Chicago Cubs. In nine games with Columbus, he is 2-for-25.
Hagadone, 28, has spent the season in Columbus, going 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA and one save in 10 relief appearances.
Johnson is 2-for-19 with a run scored this season.
YANKS SIGN ACEVES
The New York Yankees signed right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves to a major-league contract Saturday and placed him on the 25-man roster from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
In 2013, Aceves went 4-1 with a 4.86 ERA in 37 innings with the Boston Red Sox.
To make room for Aceves, the club designated right-hander Chris Leroux for assignment. Leroux, 30, has allowed five earned runs in two innings of relief.