MLB notebook: O's slugger Davis activated from DL

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis celebrates with teammates after the game against...

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis celebrates with teammates after the game against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Apr 24, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, CAN. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, was in the starting lineup against the Houston Astros.

The Orioles also placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain.

The 28-year-old Davis led the majors in home runs (53) and RBIs (138) last season and had been sidelined since April 25 due to an oblique strain.

Davis needed only one minor league rehab game. He is off to a slow start this season prior to the injury, batting .250 with two homers and 13 RBIs in his first 22 games.

Wieters is batting .308 with five homers and 18 RBIs this season.

SABATHIA TO DL

The New York Yankees placed left-hander CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, the team announced Sunday.

Sabathia underwent an MRI on his knee Sunday morning. It is the same knee that was operated on for a torn meniscus following the 2010 season.

Manager Joe Girardi said the test showed no structural damage but did show some fluid in the knee.

"As of right now there's no meniscal tears. He's just got some fluid and he needs a little time off," said Girardi, who added he assumed the knee would be drained.

The 33-year-old Sabathia has struggled through his first eight starts this season with a 3-4 record and 5.28 ERA over 46 innings.

The Milwaukee Brewers hit three home runs off Sabathia in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Yankees.

"After the game last night, CC complained that his knee was hurting; his landing knee, his right knee," Girardi said. "He hadn't mentioned anything to us before that. He said a few previous starts, he would feel it on one pitch, but it was something that he's dealt with for a while, so he didn't have a need to say anything to us. Yesterday it got bad and it swelled up after the game, so he had an MRI."

The Yankees also recalled right-hander Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Daley has already been up with the club this season, posting a 27.00 ERA in 1 1/3 innings.

DARVISH PUSHED BACK

The Texas Rangers have to tinker with their starting rotation because of an injury to left-hander Martin Perez and the heavy workload of right-hander Yu Darvish in his last start.

The Rangers announced that Darvish's next start will be pushed back two days from his next scheduled start, Wednesday in Houston.

Darvish, who threw 126 pitches in a near no-hitter Friday against the Boston Red Sox, will take the mound again on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rangers also announced Perez will miss at least one start because of discomfort in his left elbow. Perez is scheduled to have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Perez started the season 4-0 with a 1.42 earned-run average, but he is now 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA.

Nick Tepesch was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, so he will probably be the Rangers' starter for Wednesday's game.

The Rangers also announced pitcher Scott Baker and infielder Josh Wilson cleared waivers. Baker has accepted an assignment in Round Rock. The Rangers have not received word from Wilson.

LAROCHE TO SIDELINES

After Saturday night's 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Oakland A's, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said first baseman Adam LaRoche will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday to rest his strained right quadriceps.

The stint is backdated to May 10.

An MRI on Saturday confirmed the bad news for the Nationals.

"Don't want to do it," Williams said of placing LaRoche on the DL, "but for the long-term health of Adam and our team, it's probably important to do that right now and make sure we can calm it down as much as possible. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us; we've got to play."

LaRoche is batting .319 in 113 at-bats with five homers and 21 RBIs in 32 games.

BELT TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will undergo surgery Tuesday to have two pins inserted into his broken thumb, according to reports.

On Saturday, the Giants placed Belt on the 15-day disabled list. Belt sustained the injured Friday night when he was hit by a pitch. He is expected to miss six weeks.

Belt was hitting .264, with nine home runs, in 129 at-bats this season.

 


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