MLB notes: Yankees activate McCann from DL

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) is congratulated by left fielder Brett Gardner (11)...

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) is congratulated by left fielder Brett Gardner (11) after scoring a run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park earlier this month. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 4:32 PM ET

The New York Yankees activated catcher Brian McCann from the seven-day concussion list before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays and optioned catcher Austin Romine to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

McCann was injured Aug. 8 against the Cleveland Indians. He left that game after feeling the effects of a third-inning foul ball off his mask.

Romine played one game after getting called up the next day.

McCann is batting .238 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs this season.

Also, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw on level ground a day after tossing a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday. It was his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list July 9 with a partial ligament tear in his right elbow.

Tanaka is scheduled to have another mound session in a few days. The team hopes he can avoid surgery and return in September.

‘NOT THE SAME’

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia expressed some frustration over struggling outfielder Josh Hamilton, despite beating the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Hamilton, 33, starred for the Rangers before signing a free agent contract with the Angels prior to the 2013 season and his play has slipped since then.

This season, Hamilton is batting .266 with just eight home runs, including a .216 average in the second half of the season. He has batted .189 in 53 at-bats this month. He did miss some time earlier this season with a thumb injury.

"Josh is not the same that we saw when we were looking at the other dugout," Scioscia said. "He's not in the batter's box with the confidence we know he has. He's not attacking the ball like he can. He's working hard to try to find it ... but we need him to do what he's capable of doing, or close to that."

Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract after his monster 2012 season with the Rangers in which he batted .285 with 43 homers and 128 RBIs. He won the American MVP award in 2010.

INDIANS RECALL SALAZAR

The Cleveland Indians recalled right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar from triple-A Columbus on Sunday and optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Columbus.

Salazar begins his third stint with the Indians this year by starting Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

He has split the season between Cleveland and Columbus, going 4-5 with a 4.88 ERA in 12 starts for the Indians.

He is 4-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 starts with Columbus.

Holt is batting .385 (5-for-13) in six games with Cleveland.

BRIEFLY: San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso is out for the season with a right forearm strain, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday. Alonso, 27, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. He may require surgery.

 


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