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PHILLIES: Placed first baseman Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Thome has not played since leaving Saturday’s game with tightness on the left side of his lower back. The move was made retroactive to Sunday.

PADRES: Placed left-hander Cory Luebke on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left elbow.

To replace him as San Diego’s starter on Wednesday, the Padres purchased the contract of right-hander Jeff Suppan from Triple-A Tucson.

Kyle Blanks was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

RED SOX: Placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained back.

Boston promoted Triple-A prospect Will Middlebrooks to take Youkilis’ roster spot. Middlebrooks was hitting .333 with nine home runs in 24 games with Pawtucket.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Josh Beckett would miss his next start on Saturday because of soreness in his right side and Aaron Cook would be placed on the roster and pitch in his place.

ORIOLES: Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will have elbow-ligament reconstruction surgery, likely delaying the Japanese left-hander’s major league debut for a year.

Wada has been sidelined since the last week of spring training. The 31-year-old Wada signed an $8.15 million, two-year contract in December.


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