MLB Notes: Braun, Harper sit out on Monday

MLB Notes: Braun, Harper sit out on Monday
May 27, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Ryan Braun, who's batting .311 this season, was out of the lineup on Monday against the Minnesota Twins (USA Today Images).

Nationals’ leftfielder Bryce Harper sat out Monday’s Memorial Day matinee against the Baltimore Orioles because of bursitis in his left knee.

Harper, who’s batting .287 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs, aggravated the injury in Sunday’s 6-1 win over the Phillies.

However, the injury isn’t believed to be serious, so don’t except Harper to sit out more than another game or two before he takes the field again for the second-place Nationals.

Braun sits against Twins
Ryan Braun was not in the Brewers’ starting lineup on Monday because of a right thumb injury.

The 2011 NL MVP is batting .311 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs this season and has been one of the few bright spots for a Milwaukee club that currently sits in fourth place in the NL Central.

At this point, Braun is considered day-to-day.

Sanabia heads to the DL
Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right groin injury.

With a record of 3-7 and an ERA of 4.88, Sanabia has been one of the most disappointing pitchers in baseball this season.

Sanabia has struck out only six more batters than he’s walked, and opponents are hitting .317 off of the Marlins’ right-hander thus far.

To fill Sanabia’s spot on the roster, the Marlins called up Dan Jennings from the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.

Indians' Perez DL-bound
Cleveland reliever Chris Perez has been placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder soreness.

This season, Perez is 2-1 with six saves (two blown), a 4.32 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

Cleveland trails Detroit by just 1.5 games in the AL Central as they've thrived under the leadership of new manager Terry Francona.

Perez has been replaced on the active roster by Nick Hagadone, a left-handed hurler from Triple-A Columbus.

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