MIAMI - There might be some medical explanation to reliever Chris Reitsma's problems on the mound, Braves manager Bobby Cox said Tuesday.
The right-hander has been experiencing numbness in the ring and pinky fingers on his pitching hand "for a while," Cox said. Reitsma, recently removed from the closer's role after sustained struggles, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of the mysterious ailment.
Reitsma, 28, is 1-2 with a 9.11 ERA in 26 outings this year. He blew four saves in 12 chances before losing the job to journeyman Ken Ray, who's been effective in the role.
Phil Stockman, who had given up three runs in 37 innings at Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Richmond, will replace Reitsma in the Braves' bullpen.
ROYALS: New Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore wasted little time in putting together his front office.
Moore, hired on May 31 to turn around the woeful franchise, selected Cincinnati Reds assistant general manager Dean Taylor as vice president of baseball operations. Muzzy Jackson, a longtime Kansas City executive, was hired as vice president of player personnel.
To replace Taylor, the Reds promoted Bob Miller, their director of baseball administration.
RED SOX: Boston placed right-handed reliever Keith Foulke on the 15-day disabled list and activated righty Mike Timlin from the DL.
Also, the team recalled right-hander Jermaine Van Buren from Triple-A Pawtucket; righty David Pauley was sent to Pawtucket after Sunday's game.
TIGERS: An arrest warrant for Dmitri Young was issued Tuesday after Detroit's designated hitter failed to appear for a pretrial hearing on a domestic violence charge.
Young is accused of choking a 21-year-old Toledo, Ohio, woman April 14 at a Birmingham, Mich., hotel.
A judge ruled Tuesday that information provided by Young's attorney on the player's whereabouts did not meet a requirement that he leave the state only for work-related purposes. Judge Diane D'Agostini, of the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills, issued a bench warrant.
DIAMONDBACKS: Arizona decided they would rather eat the remaining $22 million of Russ Ortiz' contract than keep him on their roster.
The club designated him for assignment, which means it has 10 days to trade, waive or release him. The 32-year-old Ortiz was 0-5 with a 7.54 ERA in six starts this season, and he was 1-14 in his past 19 starts dating to last May.
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