MLB Notes: Cards to place Westbrook on DL

MLB Notes: Cards to place Westbrook on DL
May 12, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Jake Westbrook is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in seven starts this season. (USA Today Images)

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After a slow April at Triple-A, Darin Ruf is starting to heat up for Lehigh Valley in May (see story).

Also, the Phillies aren't the only team struggling in the organization. Entering Saturday, only one of the club's minor league teams had a record above .500 (see story).

Now, here's some news and notes from around Major League Baseball:

Cardinals to place Westbrook on DL
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals will place right-hander Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation and select the contract of left-hander John Gast in time for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.

To make room for Gast on the major league roster, the team said Sunday that injured closer Jason Motte will be moved to the 60-day disabled list while rehabilitating from reconstructive elbow surgery.

Westbrook is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in seven starts.

Gast was the team's minor league player of the month in April, going 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA in six starts at Triple-A Memphis. He began the season with 32 consecutive scoreless innings (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Chamberlain, Rivera smooth over spat
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yankees relievers Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera have smoothed over an incident that occurred before Saturday night's game in Kansas City.

It happened while Rivera was talking to reporters in the dugout about an emotional meeting with local fans earlier in the day. Chamberlain was standing on the field and yelling over the dugout to members of his family, who had shown up for the game.

At one point, Rivera told Chamberlain to lower his voice. Once Rivera's interview was done, Chamberlain told Rivera in front of reporters: "Don't ever shush me."

On Sunday, Chamberlain said the two met and put the issue to rest.

Chamberlain also threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session and said he'll throw an inning in a rehab assignment Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre in Toledo. Chamberlain has been out since late April with a strained right oblique (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Astros designate Humber for assignment
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have designated pitcher Philip Humber for assignment, a day after he gave up five runs while only getting two outs in a loss to the Texas Rangers.

Just a year removed from pitching the 21st perfect game in major league history, Humber had a terrible start to 2013. He was 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA.

He started the season in the rotation, but was moved to the bullpen on Wednesday. He threw 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief on Thursday before taking the loss in his second relief appearance on Saturday night.

Houston signed right-hander Edgar Gonzalez to take his spot on the roster. Gonzalez made the team out of spring training as a non-roster invitee, but was designated for assignment on April 5. He was claimed by Toronto and made three appearances there before he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Thursday and opted for free agency (see full story).

-The Associated Press  

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