MLB notes: Rays' Wil Myers out two months with broken wrist

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers will miss two months with a broken wrist. (USA Today)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers will miss two months with a broken wrist. (USA Today)

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Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers will miss at least two months with a stress fracture in his right wrist.

Myers was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday but he will need much more time than that to recover from the injury, which happened Friday when he collided with teammate Desmond Jennings while trying to make a play on a ball hit by Boston Red Sox hitter A.J. Pierzynski. The former AL rookie of the year candidate won't require surgery but will wear a cast for 5-6 weeks.

"I'm not hearing surgery; I'm not hearing that word at all," Rays manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times. "Length of rehab seems to be the primary concern, or the discussion."

Myers, one of the top young outfielders in the game, was hitting just .227 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 53 games. He had 13 homers and 53 RBIs in 88 games as a rookie last season.

SOX PITCHER SUSPENDED

Major League Baseball suspended Boston Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman for six games after he threw a pitch near the head of Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria last Friday night.

Workman also was fined an undisclosed amount. The suspension will start immediately unless he appeals. Workman is scheduled to start Wednesday night for the Rays against the Miami Marlins.

The incident occurred last Friday after Rays pitcher David Price hit Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz with a pitch. Umpires issued a warning.

Price later hit Boston's Mike Carp, but it was ruled unintentional. Workman's pitch did not hit Longoria but went behind his back and was near his head.

Price was not suspended.

The 25-year-old Workman is 0-0 with a 3.24 ERA in 16 2/3 innings this season. He has started two games and pitched three times in relief.

YANKS, ROYALS WANT MORALES

Struggling offensive teams are showing interest in free agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales, led by the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals.

CBS Sports reported Morales, who played for the Seattle Mariners last season, could sign by Thursday, when the MLB Draft begins.

Morales came up with the Los Angeles Angels as a first baseman.

The Mariners, Brewers and Rangers, who lost Prince Fielder to neck surgery last week, could also join the bidding.

Essential to the Yankees' interest in Morales is the health of Mark Teixeira, whose right wrist remains problematic. New York is also concerned about the long-term health of Carlos Beltran. Last week, catcher Brian McCann received his first career start at first base.

Morales turns 31 on June 20. Morales hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs with the Mariners at expansive Safeco Field last season. Yankee Stadium is a hitter-friendly park for lefties with a short porch in right field.

PUIG TOPS ALL-STAR VOTE

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers leapt from fifth to first among National League outfielders in the latest voting for the All-Star Game.

Puig received 935,276 votes, Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies dropped from first to second with 883,186 votes and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is third with 863,307. Rounding out the top five NL outfielders were Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (823,862), who was second last week, and Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez (819,385).

Puig batted .398 and hit eight home runs in May. Stanton leads the NL with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continues to be the leading vote-getter overall at 1,419,718. Tulowitzki, the National League's top hitter at .350, has more votes than American League leaders Mike Trout (1,361,649) of the Angels and Jose Bautista (1,351,896) of the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the NL, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (1,210,579) is the only player in addition to Tulowitzki to top 1 million votes.

The leaders at each infield NL position and at catcher remained the same from the previous week.

PENNINGTON GOES ON DL

Arizona Diamondbacks utility infielder Cliff Pennington was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a thumb injury and replaced on the roster by infielder Didi Gregorius.

The 29-year-old Pennington suffered a sprained thumb on a tag attempt during a May 27 game against the San Diego Padres.

In 33 games this season, Pennington is batting .243 with no home runs and six RBIs.

Gregorius was batting .310 for Triple-A Reno with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 57 games. He hit .373 in his last 15 games.

The 24-year-old Gregorius was with the Diamondbacks for their season-opening series in Australia before being sent to Reno. He has three years of major league experience wih the Cincinnati Reds and Diamondbacks, compiling a .252 batting average with seven homers and 30 RBIs. He started 97 games at shortstop for the Diamondbacks last season.

A'S REDDICK INJURED

The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee and activated reliever Ryan Cook from the DL on Tuesday.

Reddick hurt the knee during Saturday's 11-3 win over the Angels. Craig Gentry is expected to receive most of the playing time in the outfield in Reddick's place.

The 27-year-old Reddick is batting .214 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 50 games this season. His most productive year came in 2012 when he hit 32 home runs and had 85 RBIs while batting .242.

Reddick is a career .239 hitter with 54 homers and 178 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox and the A's.

Cook was out for a month with a strained forearm. The 26-year-old has pitched in 12 games this season and is 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. While pitching in 71 games each of the previous two seasons, Cook compiled a 12-6 record with 16 saves, including 14 in 2012, and 44 holds.

BRIEFLY

The Philadelphia Phillies signed veteran pitcher Jason Marquis to a minor-league contract. The 35-year-old is coming off Tommy John surgery ... The Chicago Cubs put catcher Welington Castillo on the disabled list with a rib injury and designated for assignment reliever Jose Veras, who started the season as the closer. The Cucs called up catch Eli Whiteside to take Castillo's spot on the roster ... The Seattle Mariners demoted infielder and one-time hot-shot prospect Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin is hitting just .128 with no homers and two RBIs in 17 games with the Mariners this season.


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