Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Unusual injury puts Rangers' Diekman out

CHICAGO — A cut from a broken souvenir beer mug has landed Rangers reliever Jake Diekman on the 15-day disabled list.

Diekman hurt his left index finger while reaching into his luggage for a beer mug he bought at the bar Cheers in Boston. The mug had broken in his bag, and a piece of glass pierced his finger.

The left-hander was replaced Friday by RHP Keone Kela, who was activated off the 60-day DL. To make room on the 40-man roster, Texas moved Derek Holland from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.

Diekman last pitched July 5.

Also, RHP Yu Darvish (shoulder) returns from the DL and is scheduled to start today against the Cubs in his first game since June 8.

Ump dinged up: Home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild left the Marlins-Cardinals game after taking a foul ball off his right forearm in the bottom of the first inning. Jim Joyce moved from first base to the plate as the crew worked a man short.

Freeman cancer surgery: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was in the lineup after having a cancerous mole removed from his upper back on Tuesday. Freeman returned from the All-Star break saying he's cancer-free after the surgery.

Astros: Cuban 1B Yulieski Gurriel signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract, mlb.com reported. Gurriel, 32, defected in February.

Cardinals: Kevin Siegrist was activated from the 15-day DL as the team added a left-handed reliever. RHP Sam Tuivailala was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

Marlins: LHP Braxton Garrett, picked seventh overall in this year's draft, signed for a bonus of $4,145,900, or $389,600 over slot value.

Nationals: All-Star 2B Daniel Murphy was scratched with leg soreness.

Padres: OF Melvin Upton, known as B.J. in his days as a Ray, went on the bereavement list. His brother, Tigers OF Justin, also went on the bereavement list; Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Upton was dealing with a loss in his family.

Pirates: Struggling LHP Jonathon Niese will try to get on track in the bullpen after being removed from the rotation. Niese is 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA in 18 starts this season.

Red Sox: LHP Jason Groome, 17, the 12th overall pick in this year's draft, agreed to a $3.65 million signing bonus. … LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and is expected to start today against the Yankees.

White Sox: RHP Carson Fulmer, the No. 8 overall pick in 2015, was called up. Also, 1B Justin Morneau came off the 15-day DL and OF Jason Coats was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

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Published: 02/17/18