MLB Notes: Oswalt leaves start with injury

MLB Notes: Oswalt leaves start with injury
July 7, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Roy Oswalt left his start on Sunday in the second inning with an injury. (USA Today Images)

PHOENIX -- Colorado Rockies starter Roy Oswalt left Sunday's game against Arizona with an injury with two outs in the second inning.

The veteran right-hander ran to cover home plate after a wild pitch as the Diamondbacks' Eric Chavez came home from third. The throw from catcher Wilin Rosario sailed past Oswalt, who immediately indicated he was hurt.

Oswalt had difficulty walking as he was accompanied into the Colorado dugout. Right-hander Edgmer Escalona came on in relief.

Cardinals: Molina says knee injury minor
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina believes a little rest is all he needs after an MRI exam on his right knee showed only inflammation. He's hopeful of being back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Molina, who topped NL vote-getters for the All-Star Game, was certain he'd be ready for that game. He said the knee had been bothering him for a month but felt worse Friday, so the team sent him for medical tests.

Manager Mike Matheny said it would be a day to day situation. The Cardinals have Monday off.

Molina leads the National League with a .346 average. He's played in 81 of the first 86 games and led major league catchers in innings.

Backup Tony Cruz made his ninth start Sunday against the Marlins (see full story).

Indians: Carrasco sent to minors
CLEVELAND -- The Indians have sent inconsistent starter Carlos Carrasco back to Triple-A Columbus.

One day after he was clobbered in a loss to Detroit, Carrasco was designated for assignment for the purpose of rejoining the Clippers. The right-hander was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits on Saturday in a 9-4 loss to the first-place Tigers. Carrasco fell to 0-4 and has not won in the majors since June 29, 2011. He missed last season following Tommy John surgery and was suspended earlier this season for the second time for intentionally throwing at a hitter.

Carrasco has a 9.10 ERA in six starts.

The Indians also purchased the contract of reliever Preston Guilmet. The right-hander went 2-4 with 16 saves in 34 appearances at Columbus (see full story).

Rangers: Tepesch, Berkman headed to disabled list
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch and designated hitter Lance Berkman are headed to the disabled list.

Tepesch, who has inflammation in his right elbow, complained of soreness on Saturday, a day after getting the win in a 10-5 victory against the Houston Astros.

Berkman injured a muscle in his hip and back area in Saturday night's 9-5 loss to Houston. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, and said he probably wouldn't be available Sunday.

The Rangers activated right-handed reliever Joakim Soria for Sunday's game against Houston. He hasn't pitched in the majors since Sept. 11, 2011, with Kansas City. Right-hander Cory Burns was brought up from Triple-A Round Rock (see full story).

Tigers: Downs placed on disabled list
CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers have placed reliever Darin Downs on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.

The team said Sunday that the left-hander has tendinitis in his rotator cuff. Downs gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Raburn in the ninth inning of Saturday's 9-4 win over the second-place Indians.

The 28-year-old has appeared in 26 games, going 0-2 with a 5.18 ERA. In his last six outings, Downs has a 9.00 ERA.

The Tigers also recalled right-hander Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo. He was expected to arrive in time for Sunday's game. This is Reed's second stint with Detroit this season. He appeared in six games before being sent back to the minors (see full story).

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