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Burnett apologizes for lying about injury

NEW YORK — Yankees RHP A.J. Burnett said he apologized to his teammates Sunday, a day after a clubhouse fit left him with cuts on both hands.

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Frustrated after two innings of an ineffective outing against the Rays, Burnett slammed open a set of double doors, slicing both palms on the plastic lineup-card holders attached.

Burnett initially told the team he was hurt while falling on the dugout steps.

Sporting a bandage on each palm, Burnett said he had no trouble playing long toss and expects to make his next start.

Even before the pitcher spoke to teammates, Yankees captain Derek Jeter said the matter was behind them.

"It's over with," he said. "He's already addressed it. There's no need to address it anymore."

Kazmir goes on DL

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels put struggling LHP Scott Kazmir on the DL with shoulder fatigue. The move is retroactive to July 11, the day after Kazmir allowed 13 runs and 11 hits over five innings against the A's.

Kazmir, 26, is 7-9 with a 6.92 ERA in 17 starts and has lost his past four starts after winning his previous four. During the skid, he has allowed 30 runs, seven homers and 12 walks over 192/3 innings.

More Angels: INF Maicer Izturis was activated after missing 27 games with a strained left forearm.

Astros: RHP Roy Oswalt left after the fourth when Pedro Alvarez's liner off his left ankle gave him a contusion. His status hasn't been determined.

Blue Jays: RHP Shaun Marcum was activated and started after a 16-day stint on the DL with right elbow inflammation.

Braves: 3B Chipper Jones missed his second straight game with a mild left hamstring strain and remains day to day.

Cubs: RHP Carlos Zambrano, out since his dugout tirade June 25, is scheduled to pitch a simulated game today. After an appearance at Triple A later this week, he could rejoin the team (pitching out of the bullpen) during a six-game road trip that starts July 26.

Indians: RF Shin-Soo Choo, out since July 2 with a strained right thumb, will start a rehab stint at Double A tonight.

Marlins: LF Chris Coghlan is expected to miss at least three games with a strained lower back, and manager Edwin Rodriguez said a stint on the DL is possible. The East Lake High graduate was hurt while making a diving catch Friday and aggravated it Saturday while swinging.

Mets: LHP Oliver Perez, out since June 5 with tendinitis in his right knee, is expected to return Wednesday. Manager Jerry Manuel said Perez, a starter for most of this year, will go to the bullpen. 2B Luis Castillo, out since June 4 with a bruised right heel, is expected back today.

Orioles: LF Corey Patterson sat with a bruised left heel sustained Saturday while running out a bunt and is day to day.

Pirates: CF Andrew McCut­chen left with a sore neck after his diving catch on Pedro Feliz's sinking liner in the eighth. His status has not been determined.

Reds: 3B Scott Rolen missed his second straight game with an undisclosed illness.

White Sox: RF Carlos Quentin left in the sixth with a bruised right hand and is day to day.

Burnett apologizes for lying about injury 07/18/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 18, 2010 11:55pm]
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