MLB Notes

YANKEES: Jason Giambi took 38 swings during his first on-field batting practice session since hurting his left foot two months ago.


The designated hitter also started running the bases and kept up a throwing program. He hopes to rejoin the Yankees by August.

- First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is fielding grounders while wearing protective gear for his broken right wrist, but hasn't been cleared to resume hitting. He was injured in a collision with Boston's Mike Lowell at first base on June 2.

TIGERS: Purchased the contract of infielder Mike Hessman from Triple-A Toledo and optioned outfielder Timo Perez to Toledo. Hessman led the International League with 27 homers.

RANGERS: Sent inconsistent starter Robinson Tejeda back to the minor leagues, a move the team hopes will result in longer-term success when he returns.

METS: Pedro Martinez resumed pitching to hitters after a 19-day hiatus, throwing 50 pitches in a simulated game against New York minor leaguers.

Martinez had been off on a planned break since throwing 50 pitches in a simulated game on July 3. The 35-year-old right-hander threw 60 pitches in a bullpen session last Thursday.

He had surgery Oct. 5 to repair a torn rotator cuff, and threw to batters on June 26 for the first time after the operation. The three-time Cy Young Award winner, 9-8 with a 4.48 ERA last year, hopes to return to the Mets next month.

CUBS: Pitcher Wade Miller will start for the Double-A Tennessee on Wednesday as part of his recovery from shoulder surgery. Miller, 30, went 0-1 with a 10.94 ERA in three starts this season with the Cubs.

PHILLIES: Closer Brett Myers struck out three and allowed one hit over 1Q scoreless innings in his second minor league rehab appearance with Class A Clearwater.

Myers has been out since straining his right shoulder on May 23.


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