MLB Notes: Dodgers ink Volquez to one-year deal

MLB Notes: Dodgers ink Volquez to one-year deal
August 30, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The Padres released starting pitcher Edinson Volquez on Tuesday. (AP)

LOS ANGELES -- Edinson Volquez has signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The right-hander was in the bullpen Friday night for the opener of a three-game series against San Diego.

Volquez was the Padres' opening day starter this season for the second straight year. He went 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts before getting released Tuesday, two days after the club designated him for assignment.

To make room on the roster, the NL West leaders optioned rookie reliever Chris Withrow to Triple-A Albuquerque.

The 30-year-old Volquez, an All-Star in 2008 with Cincinnati, is 53-50 with a 4.77 ERA in the majors. He has pitched for the Padres, Rangers and Reds.

Withrow has had two stints with the Dodgers this season, going 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 appearances.

Rockies: Betancourt to have Tommy John surgery
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

"He wants to try to pitch again. So if he wants to do that, I think it's the best course of action," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before Friday night's game against Cincinnati.

The 38-year-old Betancourt was injured a week ago while attempting to close out a game against Philadelphia. An MRI confirmed he had torn his ulnar collateral ligament, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Initially, Betancourt considered undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy, followed by a rehab program. But he changed his mind, deciding he should get the damaged ligament repaired to give him the best chance to resume his career. He is likely to be sidelined for at least a year.

"If he just tried to rehab and went out there, I think it'd be always hanging over his head that he's got a damaged ligament in his arm," Weiss said. "If he's going to get out there and compete again -- and he made clear that's what he wants to do -- going this route, when he goes back out there, he'll be able to take his best shot."

Betancourt is 2-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 16 saves in 32 games this season.

Tigers: Cabrera pulled early with abdominal tweak
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has been pulled from a second straight game, this time after two innings because of irritation in his abdominal area.

The reigning Triple Crown winner made an early exit Friday night against Cleveland. He struck out in his only at-bat for the AL Central leaders.

Cabrera left Thursday's game after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide in the fifth inning.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he checked with Cabrera on Friday and said the third baseman was ready to play.

Cabrera has been bothered by a strained left abdominal wall for over a month and hampered by knee and shin injuries since then.

Cabrera leads the majors with 130 RBIs and a .358 batting average. He also has 43 home runs.