MLB Notes

METS: New center fielder Andres Torres is headed to the disabled list and back to the team’s spring training facility in Florida after reinjuring his left calf trying to track down a ball Thursday in New York’s season-opening win.

Torres limped off the field in the seventh inning after aggravating the calf he originally strained on March 20.

NATIONALS: General manager Mike Rizzo says Washington has no intention of trading pitcher John Lannan.

Rizzo says teams have shown interest.

The Nationals sent Lannan to the minors on Tuesday, deciding to give the No. 5 spot in their season-opening rotation to another lefty, Ross Detwiler.

DODGERS: Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw left the season opener against San Diego after three innings because of the flu.

PADRES: Placed right-hander Tim Stauffer on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained pitching elbow.

Stauffer had been expected to start Thursday’s season-opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but manager Bud Black said on Sunday that he was bothered by soreness in his arm.

To take Stauffer’s roster spot, the Padres recalled right-hander Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson.

RAYS: Placed closer Kyle Farnsworth on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right elbow.

An MRI this week revealed a strain of a muscle that’s causing soreness in the elbow.

To take Farnsworth’s place on the roster, the Rays recalled right-hander Josh Lueke from Triple-A Durham.

CUBS: Optioned outfielder Tony Campana to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs also selected the contract of infielder Blake DeWitt and said left-hander John Gaub was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay.

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