MLB notes: Machado's five-game ban upheld

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) singles in the seventh inning against the White Sox at...

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) singles in the seventh inning against the White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY Sports)

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Manny Machado's five-game suspension for a bat-throwing incident earlier this month was upheld Monday. The Baltimore Orioles infielder starts serving the punishment immediately.

Last week, Machado appealed the suspension of the June 8 incident that happened against Oakland. The hearing took place in Baltimore, and the Orioles were hoping some of it would be taken off. But that didn't happen, something that left the third baseman frustrated before Monday's game.

"It was very disappointing for me," Machado said. "I'm not going to sit here and smile about it and be excited to be (out) five games. Just go about it, put it behind us and ... serve the five games."

The Orioles can't replace Machado on the roster during the five games, four of which come at home against Texas. He is eligible to return next Saturday, the second game of Baltimore's series in Boston.

Manager Buck Showalter also expressed some concerns but also realized the club took its best shot, and now the incident is finished.

"It is what it is," Showalter said. "I'm not going to dwell on it. I know it's frustrating for him. I talked to him today."

Showalter said the Orioles have been told Machado can do everything with the team until game time, and then he must be out of the locker room.


A ticket stub signed by New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939 -- the day he retired from baseball -- is estimated to fetch more than $100,000 in an auction, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Heritage Auctions said more than 60,000 tickets to the game at Yankee Stadium were sold but only two are known to have survived.

Of those, only one was signed by Gehrig.

The ticket is scheduled to be auctioned off Aug. 1 in Cleveland.

The owner was not identified.


The Washington Nationals activated Bryce Harper from the 15-day disabled list Monday.

Harper has been out 59 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

To make room for Harper on the 25-man roster, the club optioned left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals open a series against the visiting Colorado Rockies. It is Bryce Harper bobblehead night at Nationals Park.

In five minor league rehab games, Harper batted .643. He also hit three home runs in one of those games.

Cedeno pitched one scoreless inning Saturday against the Chicago Cubs in his third major-league stint this season.

Harper, 21, is batting .289 with one home run and nine RBIs in 22 games this season.


Former New York Mets general manager Frank Cashen died on Monday. He was 91.

Cashen served as the club’s GM from 1980-91 and put together the team that won the 1986 World Series.

After being a perennial loser, the Mets had the best record in Major League Baseball during Cashen's last eight seasons as GM. They went 743-550 from 1984-91.

"On behalf of all of us at the Mets, we extend our deepest condolences to Jean Cashen and her entire family," Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon said in a statement. "Frank Cashen revitalized our franchise when he took over in 1980 as general manager and helped engineer us to a world championship in 1986.

"I dealt with Frank on a daily basis and he was a man of integrity and great passion. No one had a more diverse career than Frank. He was also a lawyer, sports writer and marketing executive. His accomplishments will always be an integral part of our team history."

Cashen, also known for his bowties, made the 1983 trade that brought first baseman Keith Hernandez to New York from the St. Louis Cardinals. He also guided a minor league system that produced star pitcher Dwight Gooden and outfielder Darryl Strawberry.


The St. Louis Cardinals recalled outfielder Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis, the team announced Monday.

Taveras, the Cardinals' top prospect, will report in San Francisco for the game Tuesday night against the Giants.

Taveras, a 22-year old from Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic, played in 11 major league games from May 31 through June 11 earlier this season before being optioned back to Memphis. He batted .189 (7-for-37) with a home run and two RBIs during the 11 games. In 62 games at Memphis, Taveras was batting .318 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs.

To create space on the 25-man roster for Taveras, the Cardinals optioned right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon to Triple-A. Rondon's stay lasted one day, but he made his major league debut Sunday at Dodger Stadium, throwing a scoreless inning and issuing one walk.


The Kansas City Royals signed veteran outfielder/designated hitter Raul Ibanez to a major league contract, the team announced Monday.

Ibanez, 42, signed with the Los Angeles Angels prior to this season, but was granted his outright release on June 21 and cleared waivers three days later. He played in 57 games for the Angels, batting .157 with five doubles, two triples, three homers and 21 RBIs.

Ibanez is one of two active players with 300 career home runs and 50 career triples (Carlos Beltran is the other). The left-handed hitter spent three seasons with the Royals (2001-03), hitting .294 with 37 doubles, 24 homers and 103 RBIs during the 2002 season.

Ibanez was also named an All-Star starter in 2009, while with the Philadelphia Phillies and has participated in 44 postseason games with three different teams: Seattle (2000), Philadelphia (2009-11) and the New York Yankees (2012).

Kansas City also recalled infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha. In corresponding moves with the major league roster, the Royals designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco and outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment.


The Minnesota Twins activated third baseman Trevor Plouffe and utilityman Eduardo Nunez from the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Monday.

Plouffe (rib injury) and Nunez (right hamstring strain) both missed the Twins' last 14 games after suffering their injuries during the game on June 14 at Detroit.

Nunez played in four games on rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain, going 4-for-10 (.400) with three walks and a triple.

To make room for Plouffe and Nunez on the 25-man roster, the Twins optioned infielder Pedro Florimon to Triple-A Rochester and infielder Jorge Polanco to Class A Fort Myers.


Free agent minor league right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro, who was recently released from the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A team, received a 50-game suspension for a banned substance, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Monday.

The league said Pineiro tested positive for Heptaminol, a prohibited stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Pineiro, 35, was once a mid-rotation starter for the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals and Angels. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011.

He had a 7.48 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Salt Lake City and was previously released from Double-A by the Chicago Cubs this season.