Texas may be minus left-handers Harrison, Perez for several months
Seattle Times news services
HOUSTON — The Texas Rangers put left-handers Matt Harrison and Martin Perez on the disabled list Wednesday, and could be without both starters for an extended period.
General manager Jon Daniels said that Harrison was diagnosed with significant nerve irritation in his vertebrae. He will have an injection Friday in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms before considering other options, including surgery.
Harrison, who made only two starts last season before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back, came out in the second inning of his start Tuesday night at Houston. Daniels said the pitcher had a tingling sensation down his left leg, similar to what he experienced before having surgery last year.
Perez has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He could have an injection and rehab that could keep him out three months, or possibly have Tommy John surgery and miss a year.
Right-hander Nick Tepesch was recalled from Class AAA Round Rock for his scheduled start Wednesday night against Houston.
Meanwhile, Yu Darvish’s recent no-hit bid now officially ended in the seventh inning, not the ninth.
Major League Baseball overturned a disputed scoring decision from Friday night’s game between the Texas Rangers and Red Sox. Acting on an appeal by Boston slugger David Ortiz, MLB changed an error in the seventh to a single on a high fly that dropped untouched between fielders.
Sabathia has degenerative knee
CC Sabathia has a degenerative condition in the cartilage in his right knee, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, casting more doubt on when Sabathia will be able to return to the team and how much the condition could hamper him.
Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedic surgeon, examined Sabathia and planned to give him a cortisone shot with stem cells in it on Thursday, a procedure aimed at reducing inflammation and facilitating the healing process.
It is unclear how long it will take for the shot to work, and there are no guarantees that it will.
“Hopefully, it resolves it,” Cashman said of the shot. “If not, then we’ll talk about it later.”
• Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is dropping his appeal of a three-game suspension he received for his part in fight with the Pittsburgh Pirates during a game on Easter Sunday.
Gomez began serving his suspension Wednesday night and will be eligible to return against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
• New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back muscle, setting up a rare matchup in the Subway Series finale between two starters making their major-league debuts.
Jacob deGrom will take Gee’s spot in the rotation Thursday night against New York Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley, who will be promoted from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill in for Sabathia.
• The Atlanta Braves released renderings of their new suburban stadium Wednesday, a ballpark that will seat 41,500 and be surrounded by plenty of revenue-generating amenities.
The Braves said on their stadium website that the new facility in Cobb County will be the hub of a “play, work, stay” destination including shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as a boutique hotel, office space and approximately 500 residences.
The county is set to contribute $368 million toward the cost of the $672 million project, with the team providing the remainder of the funding. The new stadium is scheduled to open in 2017, replacing Turner Field.