July 24, 2018 / 2:40 AM / 5 months ago

MLB notebook: Dodgers' Turner back on DL; Machado to play 3B

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain, the team announced Monday.

Jul 22, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) hits a double to drive in a run in the second inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Turner left the Dodgers’ 11-2 win in Milwaukee in the third inning on Sunday, which was his first start since July 12. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers recalled outfielder Alex Verdugo from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Manager Dave Roberts told reporters Monday that new acquisition Manny Machado will be the everyday third baseman until Turner returns. Machado won Gold Glove awards in 2013 and 2015 at the hot corner before moving to shortstop full-time this season.

The 33-year-old Turner has been battling a number of injuries this season — including a fractured left wrist during spring training — and has played in just 50 games. He is batting .259 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.

—The Los Angeles Angels activated slugger Albert Pujols from the 10-day disabled list prior to the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Pujols, batting .251 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs this season, was placed on the DL due to pain in his left knee prior to the All-Star break. Monday’s contest will be the first for the 38-year-old since he belted two homers against the Seattle Mariners on July 12 to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on the all-time list with 630.

The Angels also recalled right-hander Jaime Barria to start against the White Sox. Barria is 3-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 13 starts for Los Angeles. Additionally the Angels optioned Deck McGuire to Triple-A Salt Lake and designated fellow right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment.

—The Tampa Bay Rays placed All-Star left-hander Blake Snell on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, because of shoulder fatigue prior to the team’s game against the New York Yankees.

Snell underwent an MRI exam and the team said that no structural damage was found. Regardless, he was scratched from Tuesday’s start against the Yankees.

The Rays anticipate the 25-year-old Snell will miss just one start. Snell has emerged as a standout this season with a 12-5 record, 2.27 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 119 innings. Right-hander Chih-Wei Hu was recalled from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.

—The Atlanta Braves expect to have All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies back in the lineup on Thursday, manager Brian Snitker told reporters.

Albies has not played since leaving Friday’s game after two innings with right hamstring tightness. Atlanta’s game on Saturday was rained out, and the team has an off-day Wednesday, meaning Albies would miss only three games if he returns Thursday.

In his second MLB season, the 21-year-old made his first All-Star appearance this month. He is hitting .283 with 20 home runs, 56 RBIs and 10 steals, and led the National League in runs scored (75) and extra-base hits (53) prior to his injury.

—Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brent Suter suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow during Sunday’s game and will require Tommy John surgery, the team announced.

Suter is expected to miss 12 to 15 months. The Brewers placed Suter on the 10-day disabled list on Monday and recalled right-hander Jorge Lopez from Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.

The injury occurred in Suter’s second start since returning from a stint on the disabled list earlier month. He went on the DL with forearm tightness. The 28-year-old is 8-7 with a 4.44 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts) this season and has lost his last three decisions.

—The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon from Triple-A Memphis and scheduled him as the team’s starting pitcher at Cincinnati, 14 months after he was struck by a line drive in the right temple, endangering his career.

Poncedeleon, 26, had a 9-3 record and 2.15 ERA at Memphis, where he struck out 103 batters in 92 innings. He pitched a one-hitter in his last outing on July 15 and has won four straight starts. This is his second stint in St. Louis this season. Called up last month, he didn’t see action in his three games on the roster.

Second baseman Kolten Wong was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

—New York Mets farmhand Tim Tebow will likely miss the rest of the season after it was found he broke the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a swing during a minor league game on Thursday, according to reports.

An Eastern League All-Star for Double-A Binghamton, Tebow was put on the disabled list on Saturday. He is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday and probably won’t play again in 2018, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tebow, who will turn 31 on Aug. 14, is in his second full season in the Mets’ minor league system after three seasons in the NFL. At Binghamton, he hit .273 this season with six home runs. With the Mets mired in last place in the National League East entering action Monday, there was speculation he could wind up in New York in September.

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