MLB Notebook: Lee's activation among Phillies' moves

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches in the first inning against the...

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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The Philadelphia Phillies officially activated left-hander Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list Monday and announced a number of other roster moves.

The Phillies also activated infielder Reid Brignac (ankle) and catcher Wil Nieves (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list.

Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, while infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Catcher Koyie Hill was outrighted off the roster.

Lee, who has been mentioned in trade rumours this season, will return to the rotation at home Monday night against the San Francisco Giants.

If he hadn't gotten hurt in May, Lee would likely be coveted by several teams in need of a veteran starter.

Now, most teams may be leery about a pitcher coming off an elbow injury and guaranteed $37.5 million after this season.

Lee, 35, will have two starts before the trade deadline. If teams need more time to evaluate him and his health, he could still go in a waiver deal after July 31.

Lee, who is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA this season, is ready for the glare of the trade deadline.

"It is what it is. It's out of my control," he said. "I know it's the trade deadline, and I know we haven't played well this year and potentially guys could get traded and I'm obviously one of those guys. I don't know what to think other than that.”

GIANTS-UGGLA AGREE

Second baseman Dan Uggla agreed to a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports. The Giants will assign Uggla to triple-A Fresno.

The Atlanta Braves released the struggling second baseman late last week. In 48 games this year, Uggla batted just .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 130 at-bats.

Last season, Uggla batted .179 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs and had corrective eye surgery. The Braves left him off the postseason roster after he lost his starting job to Elliot Johnson.

Uggla, a three-time all-star, had a 33-game hitting streak in 2011. He also struck out 495 times in 451 games from 2011-13.

Uggla began this season as the starting second baseman, but batted just .212 in April and an even-worse .080 in 25 May at-bats.

TEIXEIRA STRAIN

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss three to four days with a mild lat strain, manager Joe Girardi said Monday.

Girardi said there are no disabled list plans for now. Teixeira has dealt with some wrist and hamstring injuries this season.

Newsday reported that Teixeira will get a platelet-rich plasma injection for his strained lat.

Teixeira is 0-for-12 with a walk since the all-star break.

For the season, he is hitting .231 with 17 homers and 48 RBIs.

BRAVES ACTIVATE GATTIS

The Atlanta Braves activated catcher Evan Gattis from the 15-day disabled list Monday night ahead of a game against the Miami Marlins.

Gattis was out since June 29 with a bulging disk in his lower back. He was batting .290 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs in 63 games when he hurt his back on a swing. He went 3-for-16 in four rehab games with triple-A Gwinnett.

To make room for Gattis on the 25-man roster, the club optioned catcher Christian Bethancourt to Gwinnett.

Also, outfielder Justin Upton, who leads the team with 17 home runs, was back inthe lineup after leaving Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with triceps tightness from getting hit by a pitch.

BRIEFLY: The Cleveland Indians recalled left-handed pitcher T.J. House from short-season single-A Mahoning Valley on Monday and optioned right-hander Austin Adams to triple-A Columbus.

House is 1-2 with a 4.40 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) with Cleveland. He spent a 10-day stint with Mahoning Valley, where he allowed no runs or walks and struck out four in five innings.


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