MLB notes: Stephen Drew coming back to Red Sox

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (right) is congratulated by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury...

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (right) is congratulated by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during Game 6 of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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Shortstop Stephen Drew is back with the Boston Red Sox after signing with the team for the rest of the season, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

His prorated contract runs through the rest of the 2014 season and will play him approximately $10 million, CBSSports.com reported.

Drew has not played since the Red Sox won the World Series in October. During the offseason, he refused a qualifying offer of $14.1 million and was not picked up as a free agent because of the draft-pick compensation attached to another team signing him.

The 31-year-old batted .253 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs last season.

The Red Sox (20-23) have used rookie Xander Bogaerts at short, but he could move to third base now that Drew is back.

Bogaerts played third during the playoffs last year. Will Middlebrooks took over at third but is batting just .197 and is on the disabled list with a broken finger.

HART HURTING, GOES ON DL

The Seattle Mariners placed designated hitter Corey Hart on the 15-day DL retroactive to Monday with a strained left hamstring and replaced him with hot-hitting infielder/outfielder Nick Franklin on Tuesday.

Franklin was to join the Mariners from triple-A Tacoma before Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Tex.

The 23-year-old Franklin leads the Pacific Coast League with a .376 batting average and a .481 on-base percentage. He also has seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 30 games.

Hart, 32, strained the hamstring on a stolen base in the fourth inning of Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Tests showed an intermediate Grade 2 strain.

Hart is batting .209 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 37 games. He is eligible to come off the DL on June 3.

WHITE SOX SHUT DOWN CLOSER

Closer Matt Lindstrom was placed on the 15-day DL by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, making him the sixth Opening Day regular to be shut down.

Lindstrom, 34, was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and six saves in 19 appearances. He dislocated a tendon in his right ankle coming off the mound to field a bunt in the ninth inning of Monday's win over the Kansas City Royals.

To replace Lindstrom on the roster, the White Sox purchased the contract of 28-year-old right-hander Javy Guerra. Guerra has closing experience and had a 2.33 ERA with three saves in 14 games with triple-A Charlotte.

CUDDYER BACK FROM INJURY

The Colorado Rockies activated outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the disabled list on Tuesday before a game against the San Francisco Giants.

Cuddyer, who won the National League batting title last season, has missed a month with a strained left hamstring.

To clear space on the roster, the Rockies sent right-hander Chris Martin to triple-A Colorado Springs.

The 35-year-old Cuddyer was batting .317 with three home runs and 10 RBIs at the time of the injury.

He said it "feels good to get back on the field and put my pom-poms away and pick up a glove instead."

SALE TO THROW ON SIDE

Left-hander Chris Sale, the Opening Day starter for the Chicago White Sox, will throw a side session Tuesday at Kansas City under the close watch of the team's coaching staff.

If all goes well, Sale could return to the rotation this weekend.

Sale was placed on the disabled list April 21 with a flexor tendon strain in his left arm. An MRI showed no ligament damage, but the White Sox vowed patience in contemplating his return.

Right-hander Andre Rienzo, who was called up from triple-A Charlotte on Saturday, joined the rotation when Sale was shut down following a 127-pitch start.

Sale was named to the all-star team each of the past two seasons and is 3-0 with a 2.30 earned-run average this season.


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