MLB notes: Twins' Joe Mauer to come off disabled list

Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was on his way to Houston on Monday and will come off the disabled list, according to MLB.com.

Mauer has been sidelined for a month with a strained oblique muscle. He is scheduled to be activated for Monday night's game against the host Astros.

Mauer went 6-for-15 in four minor-league rehab games at Single-A Cedar Rapids.

After a slow start to the season, Mauer is batting .271 with two home runs and 28 RBIs. He had a 12-game hitting streak at the time of his injury.

ROYALS GET WILLINGHAM

The Kansas City Royals look to make a playoff push by acquiring veteran left fielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

In exchange, the Twins receive Triple-A right-hander Jason Adam.

The Royals will make a corresponding move before adding Willingham to the 25-man roster when he reports to Kansas City on Tuesday.

In the final year of a three-year deal, Willingham is hitting .210 with 12 home runs and 34 runs batted in over 68 games this season. He missed 41 games with a left wrist injury after taking a fastball from Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson on April 6.

Willingham had a breakout season with the Twins in 2012, hitting 35 homers and 110 RBIs. But he slumped offensively last season while playing through left knee pain, underwent arthroscopic surgery in early July and finished the season batting .208 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs.

YANKS TO START PINEDA

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will skip his next minor-league rehab start and instead take the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Esmil Rogers was initially tabbed to be New York's starter. Pineda has made two rehab starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was scheduled for one more. However, the Yankees decided to get Pineda back in the rotation as they hope to remain in contention in the American League East. Baltimore leads the division.

Pineda is scheduled to face right-hander Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.73 ERA) on Wednesday night.

Pineda, who is recovering from a strained lat muscle, has not pitched in the majors since April 23. He was suspended 10 games for using pine tar in a game against the Boston Red Sox and sustained the injury in a simulated game while waiting to be reinstated.

Before the pine tar incident, Pineda went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts. He allowed one earned run in 7 2/3 innings over two rehab starts.

In other news, the Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Chris Leroux to the 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

MCCUTCHEN TO DL

Andrew McCutchen is heading to the disabled list for the first time in his career.

The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder has not played since suffering a rib injury on Aug. 3, and the team decided to place him on the 15-day DL.

"He's been so positive, he's been aggressive," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told MLB.com. "He's been uninhibited in his attempt to work through this. He still has to get to the point of swinging the bat 100%, running the bases 100%, playing fearless in the outfield at 100%. Those are the next steps, but at this time, he's passed every barrier we've thrown at him with flying colours."

A four-time All-Star, McCutchen is hitting .311 with 17 home runs, 17 stolen bases and 67 RBIs in 109 games.

GARZA STILL SORE

When Matt Garza went on the disabled list last week with a strained left oblique, the general consensus was that the move was strictly precautionary and the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander would be ready to return in 15 days.

That is no longer the case.

Manager Ron Roenicke said that Garza was still experiencing discomfort and hasn't resumed throwing.

"It's not looking good," Roenicke said before the Brewers' 5-1 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Garza sustained the injury a week ago on his second-to-last pitch in a six-inning, one-hit effort at St. Louis. While he showed improvement during workouts last week, he reported soreness Saturday, which led to his rehab plan being placed on hold.

BRIEFLY

The New York Mets placed pitcher Jacob deGrom on the 15-day DL with right rotator cuff tendinitis and recalled right-hander Rafael Montero from Triple-A Vegas ... Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow a year ago, will need another Tommy John procedure after a stress fracture was discovered in the ulna bone of the same elbow ... The Detroit Tigers called up relief pitchers Ian Krol, Justin Miller and Kevin Whelan from Triple-A Toledo and optioned left-handers Blaine Hardy and Pat McCoy while releasing released longtime lefty prospect Casey Crosby ... The San Deigo Padres Padres promoted outfield prospect Rymer Liriano from Triple-A El Paso and and designated veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment


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