MLB notes: Nationals pick up Matt Thornton

New York Yankees relief pitcher Matt Thornton (48) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Matt Thornton (48) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Matt Thornton off revocable waivers on Tuesday from the New York Yankees and placed catcher Wilson Ramos on paternity leave.

The Nationals called up catcher Sandy Leon from triple-A Syracuse to replace Ramos on the roster and also transferred right-hander Taylor Jordan to the 60-day disabled list.

The 37-year-old Thornton appeared in 46 games for the Yankees this year and posted an 0-3 record with a 2.55 ERA in 24 2/3 innings.

The National League East-leading Nationals are hoping that Thornton fills a void for a left-hander in their bullpen as they make a push for the playoffs.

Thornton pitched in 60 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and was 0-4 with a 3.74 ERA. He appeared in a career-high 74 games twice for the Chicago White Sox in 2008 and 2014.

The move allowed the Yankees to save more the $4 million. Thornton has a $3.5 million salary for 2015 as part of a two-year contract he signed with New York.

Ramos is batting .290 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 49 games this season.

INDIANS CALL UP TOMLIN

The Cleveland Indians recalled right-hander Josh Tomlin from triple-A Columbus, optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Columbus and activated outfielder Nyger Morgan from the 60-day disabled list and then released him.

Tomlin was scheduled to start Tuesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Tomlin was part of the Indians' rotation from May 6 to July 25 and posted a 5-7 record with a 4.47 ERA in 15 games (14 starts). In six starts for Columbus this season, Tomlin is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

TIGERS ADD JOHNSON

The Detroit Tigers signed struggling reliever Jim Johnson to a minor-league contract on Tuesday in an attempt to beef up their bullpen.

The Oakland Athletics released Johnson last week after he posted a 4-2 record, two saves and a 7.14 ERA with 24 walks and 28 strikeouts in 38 outings covering 40 1/3 innings this season.

The former All-Star closer saved 101 games in 2012-13 for the Baltimore Orioles before he went into the tailspin. According to FOX Sports, Johnson worked out for the Orioles after he was released by the A's and was thought to be returning to Baltimore before the Tigers claimed him.

The Tigers are trying to shore up a bullpen that ranks 28th in the major leagues with a 4.53 ERA, 14 losses by relievers and 10 blown saves. Johnson will join Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria and Joba Chamberlain in the Tigers' 'pen.

Johnson signed a $10 million contract with the A's before the season, but the Tigers are required to pay only a prorated league minimum of his salary for the rest of the season.

GARZA ON DL

The Milwaukee Brewers sent right-hander Matt Garza to the disabled list Tuesday with a strained oblique muscle.

To take his place on the roster, the Brewers recalled right-hander Rob Wooten form Triple-A Nashville. It's unknown how long Garza will be sidelined.

Garza was injured during Monday's start against the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a one-hit shutout through six innings when he left the game after just 71 pitches.

In his first season with the Brewers, Garza has started 23 games and has a 7-7 record with a 3.58 ERA, 43 walks and 104 strikeouts spanning145 2/3 innings.

Garza signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers before this season.

The Brewers are expected to elevate Marco Estrada from the bullpen to take Garza's spot in the rotation until he returns.


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