MLB Notes

CARDINALS: A day after St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols told KSDK television that he was considering having reconstructive elbow surgery, the Cardinals said it's not clear whether surgery is needed.


Pujols has been playing with a torn ligament since 2003, but St. Louis said in a statement Tuesday that management, Pujols and his representatives agree that the injury "does not appear to be season-threatening nor do they have a clear indication that it will or will not require future surgery."

- Troy Glaus strained his right shoulder and was taken out of Tuesday night's game against Chicago.

CUBS: Pitchers Rich Harden and Carlos Zambrano remained on track for starts later this week. Harden is set to rejoin the rotation Thursday after missing one start with discomfort in his arm. Zambrano is scheduled to go Saturday after missing one turn.

REDS: Added pitchers Josh Roenicke, Danny Richar , Jon Adkins, Daniel Ray Herrera, Adam Pettyjohn and infielders Paul Janish and Adam Rosales to their roster.

MARLINS: The team cleared a major hurdle in their bid to get a new stadium when Circuit Court Judge Jeri Beth Cohen ruled the proposed tax-supported facility would serve a public purpose, giving her no right to overturn the decision of the elected officials who approved it.

ATHLETICS: Released first baseman-designated hitter Mike Sweeney , 35, after he struggled to return from operations on each knee. Doctors have said he still needs surgery on both knees.

Sweeney, a 14-year veteran who spent all but this season with the Royals, was limited to 42 games this year.

WHITE SOX: Hope Carlos Quentin could return from his broken wrist in time for the postseason.

The All-Star left fielder had surgery on his right wrist Monday. A screw was inserted into the wrist and Quentin will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.

- Second baseman Alexei Ramirez was selected AL Rookie of the Month after batting .308 with six homers and 22 RBI.

INDIANS: Travis Hafner was activated after spending more than three months on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Hafner hit .217 with four homers and 22 RBI in 46 games before going on the DL in late May.

TIGERS: After spending most of the season at Class A Lakeland, Dontrelle Willis will start at Oakland on Monday. Freddy Garcia , who hasn't pitched in the majors since June 2007, is scheduled to start at Oakland on Sept. 17.


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