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Cards lose top pitcher, outfielder to injuries

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals placed one of the NL's top winners on the disabled list and expect one of the league's best hitters to go on the DL, too.

RHP Kyle McClellan, who is 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his first season in the rotation, strained a hip flexor muscle in the first inning Monday when he landed awkwardly.

"You think maybe it's just a one-time thing," McClellan, 24, said. "By the time I realized it wasn't I was already in some hot water."

The Cardinals recalled RHP Lance Lynn from Triple-A Memphis to start tonight against the Giants, giving the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest.

LF Matt Holliday returned from a six-game absence with a left quadriceps injury Monday but was a lineup scratch Tuesday, striking out as a pinch-hitter. He's batting an NL-high .342 and is third in the league with a .433 on-base percentage and fifth with a .542 slugging percentage.

"Frankly it looks like it's getting better, but it's still something he feels," general manager John Mozeliak said. "It's just not going away."

Ex-Ray Aybar arrested

SEATTLE — Willy Aybar, who spent the past three seasons with the Rays, was arrested Sunday and accused of assaulting his wife at a hotel, KIRO-TV in Seattle reported.

The King County Sheriff's Office said detectives arrested Aybar at about 2 a.m. at the SeaTac Hilton. Aybar was found "extremely intoxicated" at the front entrance.

Police went to Aybar's room, where his wife was crying and holding a bloody towel to her face and had a cut lip and an abrasion on her forehead and cheek, police documents said.

BOSOX LOSE DICE-K: Red Sox RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, who hasn't pitched since May 16, has decided to have reconstructive elbow surgery and will discuss his decision with team officials today, ESPN.com reported. Noted orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum found a "significant tear" in Matsuzaka's elbow.

Also, a disappointing Boston bullpen took a hit when LHP Rich Hill left with a left forearm injury after facing one White Sox batter in the seventh inning. Hill had pitched eight scoreless innings for a bullpen that has a 4.28 ERA, 10th in the AL.

STADIUM BEATING: The man accused in the vicious attack on a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium may be a suspect in a Nevada shooting, the Associated Press reported. Henderson police are looking at Giovanni Ramirez, 31, who authorities believe was the instigator in the March 31 beating of Bryan Stow, as a possible suspect in a January attempted murder outside Las Vegas, according to AP.

ANGELS: RHP Dan Haren cut short a bullpen throwing session after feeling lower back discomfort and may be scratched from a scheduled start Saturday.

CUBS: Former Rays RHP Matt Garza, on the disabled list with a right elbow contusion, won't be activated Friday when eligible and instead will throw bullpen sessions today and Saturday. … OF Marlon Byrd said he expects to return in four to six weeks from facial injuries suffered when he was beaned by Red Sox LHP Alfredo Aceves on May 21. … 3B Aramis Ramirez left the game in the seventh after getting hit in the face by a ground ball that took a bad hop.

ORIOLES: Utility man Jake Fox was designated for assignment.

PADRES: CF Cameron Maybin went on the 15-day disabled list with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. OF Aaron Cunningham was called up from Triple-A Tucson.

TIGERS: RF Magglio Ordonez, on the disabled list since May 11 with weakness in his surgically repaired right ankle, is scheduled to join Triple-A Toledo Friday for a rehabilitation assignment.

TWINS: C Joe Mauer, out since April 14 with leg weakness and an injured right shoulder, is scheduled to catch three innings today at an extended spring training game in Fort Myers.

Cards lose top pitcher, outfielder to injuries 06/01/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 12:45am]

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