MLB notes: Cain returns to Giants lineup, Belt to disabled list

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger...

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, May 10, 2014. (GARY VASQUEZ/USA Today)

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The San Francisco Giants activated starting pitcher Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list Saturday and started him against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cain tossed five innings, giving up three hits and two runs in a 6-2 loss.

The Giants placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left thumb. Belt sustained the injured Friday night when he was hit by a pitch. He is expected to miss six weeks.

In a series of roster moves Saturday, the Giants also called up outfielder Tyler Colvin from triple-A Fresno and sent down pitcher George Kontos.

Injured second baseman Marco Scutaro was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Colvin on the 40-man roster.

Cain landed on the disabled list after cutting his right index finger while making a sandwich. He last pitched on April 23. After Saturday’s game, he is 0-3 with a 4.5 ERA this season.

Colvin can play in the outfield or first base. The 28-year-old was batting .267 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 35 games with Fresno.

REDS ACTIVATE CHAPMAN

The Cincinnati Reds activated closer Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.

To make room for Chapman on the 25-man roster, the Reds optioned right-handed reliever Curtis Partch to triple-A Louisville.

Chapman began the season on the DL after having surgery to repair damage to his left eye and nose. The left-hander was struck in the face by a line drive during a spring training game March 19.

He has 38 saves in each of the last two seasons.

Jonathan Broxton has been serving as the Reds’ closer in Chapman’s absence. Once Chapman is eased back into ninth-inning duties, Broxton will return to a set-up role.

Partch was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 4 1/3 innings over three games with Cincinnati.

AXFORD WON’T CLOSE

If the Cleveland Indians need a closer to finish a game, it will not be John Axford — at least for a while.

Indians manager Terry Francona announced before Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays that Axford will not finish games for an unspecified period. The two met during batting practice to discuss the situation.

Francona plans to rotate four relievers in the closer’s role — Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw. He hopes to have Axford back finishing games again soon.

Axford has a 1-3 record with nine saves in 11 opportunities and a 4.91 ERA in 17 games this season, his first with the Indians after signing a one-year, $4.5 million contract during the winter. He was replaced Friday night during the ninth inning of the Indians’ 6-3 win over the Rays.

In his last four games, Axford allowed five earned runs, six hits and six walks in three innings, including winning home runs by the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins.

Axford began the 2013 season as the Milwaukee Brewers’ closer before losing the job. He was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals last winter.

BRIEFLY

Joe Mauer returned to the Minnesota Twins lineup Saturday after missing five games with lower back spasms.


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