MLB Notes: Dodgers trade Aaron Harang to Rockies

MLB Notes: Dodgers trade Aaron Harang to Rockies
April 6, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The baseball season is not even a week old and we already have our first trade.

On Saturday, the Colorado Rockies traded catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Dodgers in exchange for Aaron Harang and cash, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Hernandez will likely backup A.J. Ellis, and Tim Federowicz will be optioned to Triple-A. Hernandez hit .217 with five home runs in 52 games with the Rockies last season.

With the surplus of starting pitchers the Dodgers had, Harang was moved to the bullpen and has yet to pitch this season.

In 31 starts last season, Harang went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA.

Lackey leaves with arm injury
TORONTO -- Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, making his first major league start since elbow surgery, left Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after grabbing at his arm in pain.

Lackey uncorked an errant pitch in the fifth inning, missing low and inside to Jose Reyes on a 2-2 delivery. The right-hander immediately clutched his arm, jumping around the mound in pain.

Teammates and Boston manager John Farrell came to the mound before Lackey walked off. He was replaced by Alfredo Aceves, who threw ball four to Reyes.

Lackey was pitching in the majors for the first time since Sept. 25, 2011. He missed last season following Tommy John surgery in November 2011.

Lackey signed an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston in December 2009 after eight seasons with the Angels.

He allowed two runs and five hits in 4 1-3 innings Saturday, striking out eight while throwing 50 of 76 pitches for strikes. The only walk he was charged with was the one to Reyes.

--The Associated Press

Granderson to resume throwing soon
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson could resume throwing next week as part of his rehabilitation program for a broken right forearm.

Granderson said Saturday he will have follow-up X-rays Tuesday. He also hopes to be cleared to start swinging a fungo bat.

The slugger, who led New York with 43 homers last season, broke an arm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in his first at-bat of spring training on Feb. 24. Granderson could rejoin the Yankees next month.

Derek Jeter, still recovering from left ankle surgery last October, did limited field work for the second consecutive day. The shortstop fielded 41 grounders hit directly at him near the left-field fence at a distance roughly equal of playing in front of the infield dirt. He also hit off a tee in a batting cage and played catch, including long toss.

There is no announced timetable for the return of the Yankees' 38-year-old captain.

--The Associated Press

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