MLB notes: Reds' Bailey heading to disabled list

Homer Bailey of the Cincinatti Reds pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during...

Homer Bailey of the Cincinatti Reds pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during the interleague game at Fenway Park on May 6, 2014. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP)

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey will be placed on the disabled list prior to his scheduled start, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bailey, dealing with a flexor mass injury in his right arm, will not require surgery and is expected to return this season.

The Reds held Bailey out of his start on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, hoping the extra rest would help him recover. He was scheduled to face the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

This will be Bailey's first time on the DL since 2011, and third of his career.

Bailey is 9-5 with a 3.90 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 145.2 innings this season.

TIGERS TO CALL JOHNSON?

The Detroit Tigers are ready to call up right-handed reliever Jim Johnson from Triple-A Toledo but he wants one more minor league outing, according to the Detroit News.

The Tigers picked up Johnson less than two weeks ago and signed him to a minor league contract. He was released by the Oakland A's on Aug. 1.

Johnson, a former closer, had a 7.14 ERA in 38 appearances with Oakland before the team let him go. The A's still owe him his $10 million salary for this year.

Johnson had more than 50 saves in both 2012 and 2013 with the Baltimore Orioles. The A's traded for Johnson in the offseason but lost his closer job early in the season.

In his most recent minor league outing, Johnson tossed two scoreless, hitless innings Wednesday.

BOURN IS BACK

The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

Bourn was on the DL since July 6 with a strained left hamstring. He played six games in a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus that started Aug. 5.

For the season, Bourn is batting .267 with nine doubles, seven triples, three home runs, 21 RBIs and 37 runs scored in 66 games.

Bourn takes the 25-man roster spot left after the club traded right-handed reliever John Axford to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

NOLASCO ACTIVATED

The Minnesota Twins activated right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the 15-day disabled list.

Nolasco, who was on the DL with an elbow injury, will start Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.

The team activated Nolasco after he completed a two-start minor league rehab assignment. In 9 1/3 innings, he allowed three runs and struck out eight.

In 18 starts this season, Nolasco is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA.

CUBS, D-BACKS SWAP

The Chicago Cubs traded 2009 first-round draft pick Brett Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league relief pitcher Blake Cooper.

Jackson, a former top prospect of the Cubs, is in Triple-A. The outfielder made his major league debut in 2012 but has a .175 batting average with 59 strikeouts in 44 major league games.

Jackson, 26, is batting .210 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 81 games with Iowa this year.

Cooper, also 26, has a 6.00 ERA in 24 innings over 17 appearances with Triple-A Reno.

PITCHER BANNED 72 GAMES

Minor-league pitcher Francisco Almonte was handed a 72-game suspension without pay Friday from the commissioner's office after a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Almonte, a right-hander, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension is effective immediately after Almonte signs with another major league organization.

BRIEFLY

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander John Axford as right-hander Stolmy Pimentel was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right ankle sprain, according to manager Clint Hurdle. ... New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday at Tropicana Field, manager Joe Girardi said ... Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is scheduled for knee surgery on Monday that likely will end his season ... Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who only pitched one inning in his last start on Monday because of shoulder soreness, will not pick up a baseball until Tuesday, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said ... The Chicago Cubs, who are in the midst of 21 games in as many days, will promote right-hander Dan Straily from Triple-A Iowa to start Saturday. Straily is expected to be sent back to Iowa immediately afterward.


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