Roundup: Brewers sign Livan Hernandez
The Atlanta Braves designated Hernandez for assignment on June 15 and released him on Monday. He pitched 18 games for the Braves, all out of the bullpen, with a 1-1 record and a 4.94 ERA.
Hernandez is in his 17th major league season and has a career record of 175-177 with a 4.40 ERA.
Milwaukee designated left-hander Juan Perez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
The Brewers also reinstated shortstop Cesar Izturis from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Edwin Maysonet for assignment.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians president Mark Shapiro says now is the time to go for the AL Central title, and the front office is looking for ways to strengthen the first-place club.
Just don't expect to see Manny Ramirez back in Cleveland.
Speaking to fans from the Indians' social media program, Shapiro says general manager Chris Antonetti will be heavily involved in trade talks before the July 31 deadline. But he says a Ramirez return is unlikely.
Shapiro fielded questions Friday and outlined team priorities. Topping the list is winning a World Series, which hasn't happened in Cleveland in nearly 64 years.
Shapiro says Cleveland could return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 with some help.
Ramirez, who hit 236 homers in eight seasons with the Tribe, was released by Oakland on June 15.
They have also purchased the contract of right-hander Brian Bruney from Triple-A Charlotte. The White Sox announced the moves before Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Humber, who was scheduled to start Saturday, pitched a perfect game at Seattle on April 21 but hasn't been the same since then. He is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA this season.
Fukudome had been on the disabled list since June 7 with a strained right oblique. He had seven hits in 41 at-bats, after signing with the White Sox in February.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Royals pitcher Felipe Paulino has a torn ligament in his right elbow, tempering the positive news that catcher Salvador Perez is finally coming off the disabled list.
The Royals announced in a statement Friday that team doctors diagnosed Paulino with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which usually requires season-ending reconstructive surgery. Paulino will get a second opinion from Angels medical director Dr. Lewis Yocum.
Paulino had been Kansas City's best starter, going 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts. He had been on the DL since June 9 because of a strained groin, and the elbow injury was discovered after he pitched three innings in a rehab start Wednesday night.
Royals starter Danny Duffy, reliever Blake Wood and closer Joakim Soria have already needed Tommy John surgery this season.
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