MLB notebook: Cards put Justin Masterson in bullpen

The Cardinals have moved starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the bullpen. (Joy R. Absalon/USA...

The Cardinals have moved starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the bullpen. (Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY Sports)

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Justin Masterson was informed that he will not start as scheduled for the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, and manager Mike Matheny is sending the struggling right-hander to the bullpen.

Masterson was acquired from the Cleveland Indians in July and in six starts went 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA. He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings of a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Also on Tuesday, the Cardinals activated reliever Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list and added four others to their expanded roster, calling up left-handers Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz. One of the three pitching call-ups is expected to start in Masterson's spot in the rotation.

Motte was placed on the DL Aug. 2. He has a 0-0 record with a 4.91 ERA in 24 games this season. He underwent reconstructive elbow surgery that forced him to miss all of the 2013 season.


Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey will have the option of surgically repairing a flexor mass tendon strain in his right forearm.

The Reds transferred the right-hander to the 60-day disabled list Monday, effectively ending his season. He has not pitched since Aug. 7.

"It's being discussed," manager Bryan Price told "With that particular injury, it's one of the options. It's not the only option. As we move forward, we'll consider it as something that would certainly rectify the problem."

Bailey may avoid surgery if it's best to just have a platelet-rich plasma injection to speed up his healing and a strengthening and conditioning program.


The New York Yankees announced that they will wear a special patch depicting shortstop Derek Jeter's final season logo on the left sleeve of their uniforms and cap.

The patch will be worn from Sept. 7 through the end of this year.

The Yankees also said Tuesday that right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) and right-hander David Phelps (right forearm) both threw bullpen sessions without any difficulties and will continue their rehab later this week.

"Every manual test that they did came out really well," Yankees manager Girardi told "They just said (Tanaka) had some arm fatigue. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen (session) sometime this week and hopefully he's ready to do it."


The Philadelphia Phillies recalled right-hander Mike Adams from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.

Adams has worked only 17 innings in 19 games this year for the Phillies after a shoulder injury sidelined him in June. He is 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA.

In three minor-league rehab games before he was activated, Adams gave up one hit and no runs in three innings.

Last year, the 36-year-old pitched in 28 games and was 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA. His career ERA is 2.40 in 10 major league seasons.


The first September addition to the Arizona Diamondbacks' roster is not exactly a young prospect.

Right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson, who hasn't played in the major leagues since June 26, 2012, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday. The Diamondbacks also activated outfielder Cody Ross from the 15-day DL.

Hudson, 27, was 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA for the Diamondbacks in the second half of 2010, and he went 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 33 starts in 2011. Then he had two Tommy John surgeries in a span of two years.

Hudson was 25 when he suffered his initial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament while pitching at Atlanta on June 26, 2012. Dr. Lewis Yocum performed Hudson's first elbow reconstruction surgery on July 9, 2012. Yocum died in May 2013.

The second failure of Hudson's UCL occurred on June 4, 2013, during a rehab start with double-A Mobile.