MLB Notes

PHILLIES: In a surprising decision that manager Charlie Manuel hopes will bolster his relief corps, Philadelphia moved Brett Myers from the rotation to a setup role in the bullpen and put Jon Lieber in the rotation.


Myers, 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in three starts this season, will mostly be used in the seventh or eighth innings.

He led the Phillies in wins (12), ERA (3.91), starts (31) innings (198) and strikeouts (189) in 2006.

Lieber expressed disappointment when, late in spring training, the Phillies said he'd begin the season as a reliever instead of a starter. He's allowed three runs in 2Q innings out of the bullpen.

MARLINS: Jorge Julio and his unsightly ERA went on the 15-day disabled list.

The Florida Marlins shut down their struggling former closer, citing a strained right calf not previously disclosed.

Julio has an ERA of 19.06. He has allowed 15 hits and 11 walks in 5w innings.

ANGELS: Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and second baseman Howie Kendrick flew back to Los Angeles to be examined by a hand specialist.

Guerrero left Monday's game in Boston after getting hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Josh Beckett. X-rays were negative, but Guerrero continued to experience discomfort. Kendrick was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch from Oakland's Chad Gaudin in the seventh inning Tuesday night. Kendrick is scheduled to undergo X-rays.

MARINERS: All-Star second baseman Jose Lopez and Seattle agreed to a four-year contract with a club option for 2011. The deal comes two weeks after Seattle signed 25-year-old shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to a $13.75 million, four-year contract.

ORIOLES: Activated outfielder Corey Patterson from bereavement leave and optioned outfielder Adam Stern to Triple-A Norfolk. Patterson left the team Sunday following the death of his grandfather.

RANGERS: Left fielder Jerry Hairston was ejected in the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox after arguing with first base umpire James Hoye. Hairston hit a grounder to third baseman Joe Crede and tried to beat the throw with a headfirst slide but was called out on a close play. After he returned to the dugout, Hairston was ejected by Hoye.

and then returned to the field and had to be restrained by first base coach Gary Pettis while manager Ron Washington argued.

INDIANS: Infielder Joe Inglett was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.



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