Johan Santana of the New York Mets was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sprained right ankle.
The 33-year-old left-hander has struggled since Reed Johnson of the Chicago Cubs stepped on his foot July 6 on a play at first base.
He’s 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA in his last three starts and has given up 19 runs, 28 hits and six homers over 12 2/3 innings, the worst stretch of his stellar career. He was pulled after throwing 72 pitches in three innings on Friday.
The two-time A.L. Cy Young Award winner missed last season after major shoulder surgery.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Santana, who threw a career-high 134 pitches June 1 against St. Louis in the first no-hitter in Mets history, won’t pitch again until at least Aug. 7.
Indians’ Hernandez suspended for fraud
Cleveland pitcher Roberto Hernandez was suspended by MLB for three weeks for age and identity fraud.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement that Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has received a visa to return to the United States and that he would be eligible to rejoin the team Aug. 11.
Hernandez was arrested in the Dominican Republic in January outside the U.S. consulate, where he had gone to renew his visa. It was discovered that he is 31 years old, three years older than his listed age.
Hernandez will address the media today.
BoSox celebrate Varitek’s career
Boston celebrated longtime catcher and former captain Jason Varitek’s career in a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox gave Varitek the home plate from his last game, and he also got a pickup truck.
Varitek played his entire 15-year career in Boston and caught 1,488 games in a Red Sox uniform – the most in franchise history.
Clearing the bases
Justin Morneau was placed on the paternity list, for a maximum of three days, by Minnesota after he left to be with his wife Krista, who is expecting their second child. … The Chicago White Sox acquired Houston reliever Brett Myers for two minor league pitchers and a player to be named. Myers had 19 saves for Houston this season. … Tampa Bay placed designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day DL with an injury to his right side. … Atlanta placed outfielder Matt Diaz on the 15-day DL with a bruised right thumb.
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