Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Struggling ace hits DL

CLEVELAND — The Indians couldn't wait any longer for RHP Justin Masterson to fix his pitching problems.

The Indians placed Masterson on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee Tuesday. Masterson, the team's opening day starter, is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA.

Manager Terry Francona talked with Masterson on Monday after he allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings against the Yankees.

"Masty's first inclination was wanting to pitch through it, which we respect," Francona said. "The way it was going, though, we thought we'd DL him and get him some treatment."

Masterson made the All-Star team last season, when he had a 3.45 ERA and a career-best 195 strikeouts. The Indians considered him to be their staff ace going into the season, but Masterson has struggled from the start and has pitched more than four innings once in his past five starts.

VOTTO TO DL: The Reds placed 1B Joey Votto back on the 15-day disabled list with a nagging thigh injury that is expected to limit him for the rest of the season. C Brayan Pena was activated off the paternity list.

HOME RUN DERBY: Captains Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki announced three members of their respective teams for Monday night's event. Joining Bautista on the AL team are Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Brian Dozier of the host Twins. Tulowitzki will have Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier.

DODGERS: RHP Josh Beckett went on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement.

PIRATES: RHP Gerrit Cole went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat muscle. … LHP Francisco Liriano, on the disabled list since June 11 with a strained oblique, was cleared to return to the rotation this weekend.

RANGERS: RHP Yu Darvish resumed throwing a few minutes after being struck in the head by a ball during a throwing session.

ROYALS: LHP Joe Saunders, released last week by the Rangers, agreed to a minor-league contract.

TWINS: RHP Ricky Nolasco went on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.

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