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DODGERS: Purchased the contract of the veteran left-hander Eric Milton from Triple-A Albuquerque. Milton will start Saturday against Florida in place of Jeff Weaver .

METS: Opened a 10-game trip Thursday without shortstop Jose Reyes , reliever J.J. Putz and first baseman Carlos Delgado .

Putz had a cortisone shot to alleviate inflammation in his right elbow, and the Mets are increasingly concerned about Delgado's ailing hip. Reyes was out of the starting lineup against San Francisco because of a stiff right calf.

ROCKIES: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was out of the lineup Thursday against Houston, one day after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch. Tulowitzki was hit in the left elbow by Houston pitcher Alberto Arias in the seventh inning of the Astros' 15-11 win Wednesday night. He left the game feeling numbness in his left hand.

ASTROS: Placed right-handed reliever Geoff Geary on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis and recalled right-hander Jeff Fulchino from Triple-A Round Rock.

CUBS: Milton Bradley's suspension was reduced from two games to one by Major League Baseball on Thursday for an April 16 incident.


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