Ankle forces Berkman to DL

NEW YORK — The Yankees on Thursday put DH Lance Berkman on the DL because of a sprained right ankle. He was hurt Aug. 15 against the Royals when stumbling across first base while trying to beat out a throw.

"We just felt that it hadn't progressed quite as quickly as we wanted it to," manager Joe Girardi said. "We just felt that it was probably in his and our best interest to DL him and that way he's not rushing back. He still lacks some stability and has not had a chance to run yet."

Berkman, a five-time All-Star, is batting .179 (7-for-39) since being acquired from the Astros at July 31 trade deadline. The switch-hitter has made eight starts at designated hitter and three at first base.

"It's obviously not ideal," said Berkman, who hopes to return when eligible on Aug. 31. "I didn't come over here to sit on the bench and rot on the DL. But the better part of the season will be — the most exciting time is September and hopefully October. So, just trying to get ready for that."

Cards acquire third baseman

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals got some help at third base, acquiring Pedro Feliz from the Astros for minor-league pitcher David Carpenter.

Felipe Lopez has started at third since David Freese was sidelined by injuries in June but has slumped at the plate and in the field. Feliz, 35, started for the Phillies' 2008 World Series title team. He's hitting only .221 with four homers and 31 RBIs but has the second-best fielding percentage among third basemen since 2007 at .967.

Carpenter is 5-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 20 saves at Class A.

Dodgers: RHP Vicente Padilla went on the DL with bulging disk in his neck. Padilla, bothered by the neck during his past two starts, missed eight weeks with a sore elbow earlier this season.

Padres: CF Tony Gwynn went on the DL with a broken bone in his right hand. He fouled a pitch off of it Wednesday. There is no timetable for his return.

Phillies: 1B Ryan Howard, out since Aug. 2 with a sprained left ankle, will begin a rehab stint at Lakewood (low Class A) tonight. Barring a setback, he will play at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday and could rejoin Philadelphia on Monday.

Pirates: The rights to RHP Luis Heredia, 16, were acquired from Veracruz of the Mexican league. The 6-foot-6 Mexican was ranked by Baseball America as the top international pitching prospect entering the year.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was scratched because of a sore left foot and is day to day. It's the same foot he broke June 25. Also, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has played in just three games since being acquired from the Rangers at the trade deadline, went on the DL with an infection in his right leg. He went to the hospital Wednesday complaining of soreness and is expected to be treated with antibiotics.

Royals: RHP Gil Meche, out since May 26 with a right shoulder injury, will begin a rehab stint Saturday at Triple-A Omaha. He hopes to work out of the bullpen starting Sept. 1 instead of having surgery that could keep him out until 2012.

Twins: SS Nick Punto left in the fifth with a strained left hamstring after sliding into second. He came off the DL because of the same injury on Monday. His status has not been determined.

Ankle forces Berkman to DL 08/20/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 12:16am]

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