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Slumping Lee to have back examined

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rangers LHP Cliff Lee returned to Texas on Wednesday to get a shot and have his ailing back checked out.

Lee was scheduled to rejoin the AL West leaders on Friday.

Lee is 0-3 with an 8.28 ERA in his past five starts. He gave up six runs and 10 hits in 42/3 innings Tuesday night at Kansas City.

Lee told the team after Tuesday's game that he had some discomfort, Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. The club flew him to Dallas to see team physician Dr. Keith Meister, who "put him through a battery of tests today and also gave him a trigger point injection in his back," Levine said.

Levine said some component of the shot is cortisone, "but I wouldn't describe it as a cortisone shot. … We'll know definitely how it feels on Friday."

In other Rangers news, 2B Ian Kinsler, on the 15-day disabled list since July 29 with a strained left groin, was activated and is expected to start Friday. Also, OF Josh Hamilton was held out of the lineup a day after receiving a shot for his sore right knee.

BROADCASTER OUT: The Nationals said Rob Dibble will no longer work as their TV analyst, a split that comes after the former reliever criticized rookie RHP Stephen Strasburg for not pitching through pain. Strasburg has since been diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament.

ADENHART CASE: The attorney for a man accused of killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in a drunken driving crash cannot introduce evidence that the driver of Adenhart's car may also have been drinking, a judge in Santa Ana, Calif., ruled. The evidence is irrelevant in the triple-murder trial of Andrew Gallo, 23, Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey said.

CARAY HONORED: The Cubs rededicated a statue of late Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field. Caray's wife, Dutchie Caray, was among those on hand.

BRAVES: 1B Freddie Freeman, 20, one of the team's top prospects, was in the starting lineup for his major-league debut. … RHP Derek Lowe skipped his throwing session because of lingering pain near his right elbow and will miss his start Friday.

METS: RHP Jenrry Mejia is expected to make his first major-league start Saturday. Mejia, 20, began the season in the bullpen but was sent to the minors in mid June to resume starting.

ROCKIES: RH reliever Manuel Corpas needs ligament replacement surgery on his elbow.

TIGERS: C Max St. Pierre, 30, was brought up to the big leagues for the first time after 14 seasons and 978 games in the minors. "I'm still like dreaming, I feel like," St. Pierre said. … Former Rays LHP Bobby Seay said he'll have surgery on a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder within the next two weeks.

TWINS: LH reliever Brian Fuentes, acquired from the Angels on Friday to boost a banged-up bullpen, will sit out a few games after his back tightened up Tuesday. … DH Jim Thome was scratched because of tightness in his back. … To complete the Fuentes deal, 7-foot-1 RHP Loek Van Mil was sent to Los Angeles.

WHITE SOX: RHP Freddy Garcia left his start after four innings with lower back stiffness. He's expected to make his next scheduled start Tuesday.

YANKEES: Manager Joe Girardi said RHP Javier Vazquez will start Saturday, returning to the rotation after two solid appearances in long relief.

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