MLB Notes: Yuniesky Betancourt finds a big-league gig

MLB Notes: Yuniesky Betancourt finds a big-league gig

March 27, 2013, 9:15 am
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Freddy Galvis acquitted himself well in his first-ever outfield start, in addition to going yard in the Phillies' 10-1 victory over the Rays on Tuesday (see story).

The Phillies need Roy Halladay to disprove recent history of pitchers regressing after their 35th birthday, despite success from ages 32-34 (see story).

Here is a look at the news around the majors:

Betancourt finds a job
Just two days after being released by the Phillies, infielder Yuniesky Betancourt agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Betancourt hit .447 this spring with a 1.025 OPS and 14 RBIs in 18 games. But with Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen around there simply wasn't enough room for him on the Phils' 25-man roster. The Phillies were obligated to decide last Sunday whether to keep Betancourt or let the eight-year vet explore other opportunities.

The Brewers know Betancourt well -- he played 152 games at shortstop for them in 2011, hitting .252/.271/.381 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs.

Since 2009, Betancourt has the lowest on-base percentage (.275) in all of Major League Baseball.

Freese put on DL
JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

Infielder Ryan Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday to replace Freese, who hopes to return in time for the home opener April 8 against Cincinnati. Left-hander Sam Freeman was optioned to Triple-A.

In 12 spring training games, Freese was batting .267 with two home runs and five RBIs. The move was retroactive to Saturday

Jackson was optioned to the minors on March 17 after appearing in 17 spring training games. Freeman made two exhibition appearances.

Marcum may miss season's start
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum could miss the start of the regular season because of a neck injury.

Marcum, who signed a $4 million, one-year contract during the offseason, experienced discomfort during a bullpen session Monday. He was being examined in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday and was all but certain to miss his final exhibition start, slated for Thursday.

The 31-year old received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder for an impingement a week ago.

Marcum, 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts for Milwaukee last year, could join ace Johan Santana (lack of arm strength) on the disabled list.

Jeremy Hefner will take Santana's spot in the rotation. Aaron Laffey, sent to minor league camp Sunday, and Collin McHugh are potential replacements for Marcum.

A's place Rosales on DL
PHOENIX -- The Oakland Athletics have placed infielder Adam Rosales on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the left side of his ribcage.

He will miss the early portion of the season for the defending AL West champions, who open the year Monday at home against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.

Rosales got hurt in Monday's victory against the Milwaukee Brewers at Phoenix Muni Stadium. He was batting .324 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 21 spring games and also had eight walks for a .468 on-base percentage.

Rosales hit .222 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 42 games for Oakland in 2012. This is his third career stint on the DL.

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