St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen was activated from the 15-day disabled list in St. Petersburg, Fla., after missing 33 games with a left shoulder strain.
Rolen was in the starting lineup against Tampa Bay, batting fifth. He was hurt May 10 when he collided with Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Hee-Seop Choi and was placed on the DL two days later. Before the injury, Rolen hit .257 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 30 games.
“Cards manager Tony La Russa said he doesn’t expect outfielder Jim Edmonds to play during this weekend’s series. An MRI taken Thursday showed that Edmonds has a hairline fracture of his left middle rib.
Brown back on DL
Kevin Brown went on the disabled list for the 13th time in his career, and rookie Sean Henn will take his next turn in the New York Yankees’ rotation.
Brown, who has chronic back trouble, left Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh in the fifth inning because of back spasms, and the move to put him on the DL was backdated to Thursday. He started the season on the DL because of a back strain, was activated April 17 and went 5-6 with a 5.48 ERA.
“Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi did not play against the Chicago Cubs because of tightness in both hamstrings.
Clearing the bases
Arizona right-hander Russ Ortiz, who has never missed a major league starting assignment, was placed on the 15-day DL in Cleveland with a strained right rib cage. He is 4-6 with a 5.88 ERA in 14 starts this season. … Cincinnati pitcher Paul Wilson was upbeat a day after surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his pitching shoulder. His season is over, but there’s hope that he could be back in the rotation sometime next year. … Orioles center fielder Luis Matos was activated from the 15-day DL after missing 35 games with a broken right ring finger. Baltimore optioned outfielder David Newhan to Triple-A Ottawa.
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