MLB notes: Dodgers' Mattingly, Ethier fine after dugout clash

Manager Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

Manager Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said left fielder Andre Ethier didn't want to come out of Saturday's 12-2 blowout of the Pittsburgh Pirates, leading to a verbal clash between the two in the dugout.

"He was really mad," Mattingly said about Ethier, who was replaced in the ninth inning by Jamie Romak.

Mattingly said he and Ethier apologized to each other Sunday and moved on.

"I think the greatest thing when you have guys like Andre is he can voice his opinion and I can voice mine, and the next day we're both adults, talking and no problems," Mattingly said. "It's like family. It's what you're able to do at home. You're able to argue back and forth, but at the end of the day, you love your kids. I look at it like that."

Mattingly said he initiated the apology.

"It's good I can apologize, and he apologized," Mattingly said. "It's like your wife. Even if you're (right), you say 'my bad.'"

ABREU TO BE ACTIVATED

The Chicago White Sox plan to activate first baseman Jose Abreu from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Abreu is expected to play when the club opens a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The rookie slugger has been out since May 18 with left ankle tendinitis. Abreu still leads the White Sox with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs. He was the American League's player of the month and rookie of the month in April.

During a simulated game Saturday, one of the team's minor league pitchers hit Abreu with a pitch above the left elbow. Despite the scare, Abreu continued the workout and participated in another one Sunday.

Abreu slightly limped during his weekend workouts. He wore a wrap around the injured ankle, an orthotic inside his shoe and an ankle guard, which have been the reason for the uneven gait.

The White Sox offence has struggled without Abreu. He will not be able to ease back into the lineup as a designated hitter since the club is playing in a National League park when he returns.

The club then opens a series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

ROYALS RECALL MOUSTAKAS

The Kansas City Royals recalled third baseman Mike Moustakas from triple-A Omaha on Sunday after placing Danny Valencia on the 15-day disabled list.

Moustakas, 25, was sent down to Omaha 10 days ago because he was slumping. Valencia took over at third base in place of Moustakas.

Moustakas, the No. 2 pick in the 2007 draft, had 20 home runs and 73 RBIs in his first full season in the majors in 2012, but has not improved since then. Through 40 games this year, he is batting .152 (19-for-125) with a .543 OPS.

In eight games with Omaha, Moustakas batted .355 with a home run and five RBIs.

Valencia is on the DL with a sprained left hand.

BRIEFLY: The Houston Astros optioned left-hander Brett Oberholtzer to triple-A Oklahoma City, clearing the logjam in their six-man rotation. Oberholtzer allowed one run on four hits with no walks over seven innings Friday night against the Orioles, but the Astros opted to keep right-hander Brad Peacock in their rotation to maintain his routine following recent arm issues. Right-hander Paul Clemens was recalled from Oklahoma City to replace Oberholtzer on the 25-man roster ... Tampa Bay rays right fielder Wil Myers was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain suffered on Friday night's game-ending play ... Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (left shoulder inflammation) threw a simulated game of about 50 pitches Sunday. "He had good life on his fastball," manager Matt Williams said. "He threw some curveballs, he threw some change ups." ... The Toronto Blue Jays optioned right-hander Liam Hendriks to triple-A Buffalo and will announce a corresponding roster move prior to Tuesday's series opener in Detroit ... The Miami Marlins acquired right-hander Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 39th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft. Morris, 27, is 4-0 with a 3.80 ERA this season. He is tied for third in the majors in wins by a reliever.

 


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