The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed Manny Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list because of lingering problems with his right hamstring.
The move is retroactive to Wednesday. He strained the hamstring in the first inning against San Francisco on Tuesday. It’s Ramirez’s second stint on the DL this season. He went on the DL from April 23-May 8. Ramirez is batting .322 with eight homers and 39 RBI in 59 games.
Los Angeles recalled outfielder Xavier Paul on Saturday from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ramirez’s roster spot. The Dodgers also recalled right-hander Travios Schlichting from Albuquerque and optioned right-hander Ramon Troncoso to the Triple-A club.
VENABLE OUT, CUNNINGHAM IN
The San Diego Padres have placed right fielder Will Venable on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained lower back and recalled outfielder Aaron Cunningham from Triple-A Portland.
Venable’s move was made Saturday and is retroactive to Friday. Venable is hitting .238 with eight home runs and 32 RBI.
Cunningham, a graduate of South Kitsap High School, is up for the second time. He hit .290 (9-for-31) with one homer and four RBI in 13 games during his first stint before being optioned on July 1. He hit a grand slam for his first hit with the Padres on June 15. Cunningham played parts of the last two seasons for Oakland.
BRADEN’S FALL FROM PERFECTION
The Oakland Athletics have placed left-hander Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list because of elbow stiffness.
Braden, who hasn’t pitched since June 22, was scratched from his scheduled start in Baltimore on Tuesday. It was hoped he could start Saturday’s game in Cleveland, but the Athletics announced Friday he would be unable to pitch.
Braden is 0-5 in eight starts since pitching a perfect game against Tampa Bay on May 9. He is 4-7 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts.
Right-hander Clayton Mortensen has been called up from Triple-A Sacramento to start against the Indians.
CHOO SITS WITH INJURED THUMB
Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was out of the lineup against the Oakland Athletics because of an injury to his right thumb.
The former Seattle Mariner was injured while attempting a diving catch on Jack Cust’s double in the eighth inning Friday night. His glove hand appeared to bend awkwardly when he hit the ground. Choo was removed in the top of the ninth.
Cleveland manager Manny Acta said Choo would have an MRI this weekend. Choo is hitting .286 with 13 homers and 43 RBI in 78 games.