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ARIZONA CUTS LOOSE STRUGGLING LHP WILLIS

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PHOENIX - The Dontrelle Willis experiment is over for the Diamondbacks.

The team designated the left-hander for assignment Sunday and recalled LH reliever Jordan Norberto from Triple-A Reno. In his brief time with Arizona, Willis had the same control problems that plagued him in Detroit.

The Diamondbacks acquired Willis from the Tigers on June1 for RHP Billy Buckner, with Detroit picking up most of the pitcher's $12 million salary. In six games with Arizona, five as a starter, Willis, 28, was 1-1 with a 6.85 ERA. He struck out 13 and walked 27 in 221/3 innings.

Recently moved to the bullpen, his only appearance as a reliever was Saturday night, when he gave up three runs on three hits in one inning of Arizona's 14-1 loss to the Dodgers.

"He was a good soldier here, worked real hard; it just didn't work out," interim general manager Jerry DiPoto said.

Norberto, 23, made Arizona's opening day roster but gave up three runs in three innings over six games and was sent down to Reno on April 21.

With the Aces, he had four saves and a 3.07 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 19 walks in 291/3 innings.

CHOO TO DL: Indians RF Shin-Soo Choo, hoping to be selected to the All-Star team, instead went to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb. He hopes to avoid surgery that would sideline him a couple of months. "I have to go see another doctor Tuesday, and there's a chance I could need surgery," Choo said.

ASTROS: INF Geoff Blum went on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury. OF Jason Bourgeois was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

A'S: CF Coco Crisp left in the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring.

BREWERS: RHP Yovani Gallardo strained a left side muscle and was removed in the third inning only hours after being picked to his first All-Star team.

CARDINALS: C Yadier Molina attended the birth of his daughter and got voted in as a starter on the NL All-Star team, then played.

RED SOX: RHP Clay Buchholz, out with an injured left hamstring, threw on flat ground and will have his most active day of workouts today in St. Petersburg. He's not expected back until after the All-Star break.

YANKEES: C Jorge Posada left in the seventh inning after a pitch hit him in his left hand, spraining his ring finger.

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