June 10, 2013 in Sports

Rangers’ Kirkman sidelined by recurrence of lymphoma

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Former Spokane Indians pitcher Michael Kirkman was placed on the 15-day DL with recurrence of lymphoma.
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By the Numbers

4: Runs allowed by the Atlanta Braves over the last 37 1/3 innings spanning the club’s last six games.

24: Consecutive scoreless innings for White Sox reliever Jesse Crain, after retiring the side in the eighth inning against Oakland.

2,000: Career strikeouts for Boston’s Ryan Dempster after fanning the Angels Alberto Callaspo in the sixth.

The Texas Rangers put left-hander Michael Kirkman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after a recurrence of lymphoma around his right triceps. The team says a complete recovery is expected.

The Rangers said Kirkman will begin treatment shortly and will be able to participate in baseball activities.

Kirkman, a former Spokane Indian, was initially diagnosed in January 2012 and continued to pitch while undergoing radiation treatments last year. He said the recurrence was found 2 millimeters away from the original spot.

Kirkman was 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA in 25 games. In his last showing Thursday he gave up a game-ending three-run homer to Boston’s David Ortiz.

Also Sunday, the Rangers put right-hander Alexi Ogando on the 15-day DL with a sore shoulder, recalled right-hander Josh Lindblom from Triple-A Round Rock and purchased the contract of righty Kyle McLellan.

Right-hander Joakim Soria was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room on the roster for McLellan.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Lindblom, 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in one start for the Rangers this season, was a candidate to start today.

In five years with St. Louis, McLellan went 19-23 with a 3.69 ERA in 261 games.

Arizona’s McCarthy put on medication

Arizona’ Brandon McCarthy is taking medication and says he’s confident he’ll be fine after he collapsed at a restaurant with a seizure related to the life-threatening head injury he sustained when he was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar while pitching last September 5.

The Diamondbacks’ right-hander underwent extensive examinations at the Mayo Clinic after the incident Monday. He was having dinner with his wife at a Phoenix restaurant when he passed out.

McCarthy says he will be taking the anti-seizure medicine for the foreseeable future.

Dodgers place Lilly on DL again

The Dodgers have placed left-hander Ted Lilly on the 15-day disabled list because of a neck sprain.

This is Lilly’s third trip this season to the DL, which is retroactive to June 5. He has made only five starts, going 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA.

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