MLB Notes: Dodgers put Beckett on DL

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett (61) in the first inning of the game against the...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett (61) in the first inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Jun 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement and recalled reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Beckett left Sunday's win in Colorado after five scoreless innings and 82 pitches.

After starting the season on the DL with a thumb bruise, Beckett make 17 straight starts and was 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA, 32 walks and 95 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list soon after the All-Star break and could miss only one to two starts.

The 26-year-old Baez pitched one game for the Dodgers on May 5 at Washington, giving up two runs and two hits in one inning of relief in his major league debut.

In 17 appearances for Albuquerque, Baez has a 4.50 ERA. He gave up three runs and two hits in one inning against Las Vegas in his latest outing last Saturday.

Baez, formerly an infielder, started the season with Double-A Chattanooga and was 2-1 with six saves and a 2.79 ERA in 17 games.

COLE RETURNS

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole landed on the disabled list again Tuesday because of a sore back.

Cole departed after five shutout innings in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday because of soreness in his right lat. He was sore again Monday after throwing in the bullpen and the Pirates decided to shut him down.

Right-hander Brandon Cumpton will be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Cole's start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"This risk is not worth the reward for this particular start," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The 23-year-old Cole spent most of June on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue. Friday's outing was his third since he came back.

"It's very frustrating," Cole said. "The bullpen just didn't go well. I wasn't myself. If you can't be yourself in a bullpen, how can you do it when you pitch (in a game)? It's hard enough to get through the Cardinals' lineup when you're feeling good."

In 14 games this season, Cole has a 7-4 record with a 3.78 ERA in 85 2/3 innings with 29 walks and 78 strikeouts.

Cumpton started nine starts earlier this year for the Pirates and posted a 3-2 record with a 4.61 ERA.

MASTERSON TO DL

Struggling Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right knee injury.

The Indians recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone and selected the contract of catcher Roberton Perez from Columbus, optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A and designated right-hander Mark Lowe for assignment.

Masterson has never been on the DL during his eight-year major league career. The right-hander has battled the knee inflammation since missing a start last month.

In 19 starts this season, Masterson has a 4-6 record with a 5.51 ERA and 56 walks with 93 strikeouts in 98 innings. His last win came on June 8 against the Texas Rangers. Since then, he has two losses and three no-decisions.

The 29-year-old Masterson finished last season with a 14-10 record and a 3.45 ERA.

The 25-year-old Perez will will make his major league debut with the Indians after batting .305 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 53 games for Columbus this season. He missed two months in May with a strained hamstring.

Hagadone is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA in six previous relief appearances with the Indians this season. With Columbus, he was 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 23 games.

ROYALS SIGN SAUNDERS

The Kansas City Royals signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league contract on Tuesday and sent him to Triple-A Omaha.

Saunders was released last week by the Texas Rangers.

The 33-year-old started eight games for the Rangers this year and was 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA, 20 walks and 22 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

In 32 starts last year for the Seattle Mariners, Saunders went 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA in 183 innings. He has a career record of 89-86 in nine seasons with the Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Mariners and Rangers.

NOLASCO TO DL

The Minnesota Twins feared after that right-hander Ricky Nolasco's elbow tightness during Sunday's game against the New York Yankees might be a problem and on Tuesday announced he was going on the 15-day disabled list.

The move is retroactive to July 7. Nolasco was sent back to Minneapolis for tests after meeting with manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday in Seattle.

To replace Nolasco on the roster, the Twins recalled catcher-outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester. Herrmann was batting .291 in 22 games for Rochester.

In 18 starts this season, Nolasco is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA, 28 walks and 72 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported that Nolasco had been battling elbow soreness since spring training but that he had pitched through the discomfort without saying much to the team.

The 31-year-old starter signed a four-year contract worth a franchise-record $49 million in the offseason. He was coming off a 2013 season that included a 13-11 record and a 3.70 ERA with the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Velocity was down," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told The Minneapolis Star Tribune on Monday. "He hasn't been as effective with his pitches. He hasn't had the same command that he's had. Basically, everything he's done this year is nothing like the reports we had, or he's not pitching the same way he did last year."


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