Disabled list roundup: Inge, Saito sidelined
The A's recalled Josh Donaldson from Triple-A Sacramento and put him in the starting lineup at third base on Tuesday night at Kansas City.
Inge was hitting .216 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs before getting hurt Saturday in Chicago. This is his third time on the disabled list this season. The previous two times were with groin strains.
Donaldson was hitting .335 in 51 games at Triple-A Sacramento. He batted .153 with one homer, five doubles and seven RBIs in 28 games in two previous stints this season with Oakland.
ST. LOUIS (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-handed reliever Takashi Saito on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained left hamstring.
The 42-year-old Saito has no record with a 6.14 ERA in 10 games with Arizona. Saito was an All-Star in 2007 during a 39-save season with the Dodgers. He totaled 81 saves in his first three major league seasons and has a 2.27 ERA for his career, but has just three saves the last four seasons.
"He's had a hard time staying healthy all year," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He was really sore the other day when the doctors examined him. We're not going to play short at this point."
Saito began the year on the DL with calf and shoulder injuries, and was activated on July 21. Gibson said Saito was injured in his last appearance on Sunday while allowing two runs on three hits, getting just one out in a 7-4 victory over the Nationals.
The Diamondbacks also purchased the contract of left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Reno. The 29-year-old Zagurski, who was in uniform for Tuesday night's game at St. Louis, was 0-0 with a 6.18 ERA in 32 games with Arizona before he was designated for assignment on Saturday and outrighted to Reno on Monday.
"He got a little three-day vacation. He needed it, his arm needed it," Gibson joked.
Zagurski was claimed by the Diamondbacks off waivers from the Phillies last Sept. 22. He had allowed seven earned runs in 3 1-3 innings his previous six games.
"Guess we're going to have to start taping ankles away from the ballpark, too," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Patton is part of an outstanding bullpen that has kept Baltimore in contention for a playoff berth. He's 1-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 50 games and has limited opposing batters to a .218 batting average.
"It is extremely frustrating," said Patton, who has a walking boot and crutches. "I haven't felt as good as I've felt recently on the mound my whole career."
Patton rolled the ankle Sunday night. It's the third time this season he's hurt the same ankle, but this time the injury was serious.
"I woke up and it was throbbing, and I just realized it was probably worse than I had thought," he said.
J.C. Romero, who was obtained from Cleveland in a trade on Monday, will fill Patton's role as the only lefty in the bullpen.
Romero began the season with St. Louis, going 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA in 11 games before being released May 14. He was then signed to a minor league contract by the Orioles and went 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 17 appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.
After obtaining his release, Romero was signed by the Indians to a minor league deal July 21 and pitched in eight games for Triple-A Columbus.
Showalter said the injury to Patton made the acquisition of the 36-year-old Romero "more pressing."
Thus, Romero finally made it to Baltimore after failing to do so earlier this season as a member of the organization.
"It's baseball. I was telling a couple of guys, nothing is written down in this game," Romero said. "All you do is play the game the right way and respect the game. You'll be moving from place to place at times and it just happened that the first time around I didn't get a chance to be here with the guys. But I'm here now and I'm trying to make the best of it."
In an effort to get more left-handed depth in the bullpen, the Orioles are going to ask former first-round pick Brian Matusz to pitch in relief with Triple-A Norfolk. Matusz began the season as part of Baltimore's starting rotation but was sent to the minors on July 1. He has pitched in 68 games with the Orioles over four seasons, none of them in relief.
"We'll do it a couple times before we consider it an option," Showalter said of using Matusz out of the bullpen. "I'd be surprised if he can't do it."
In another move, Baltimore recalled right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. He replaces right-hander Miguel Socolovich, who was optioned to Norfolk on Sunday.
To make room for Romero on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated Socolovich for assignment before Tuesday's game.
Johnson will work initially in long relief and could be considered as a fill-in as a starter later in the week, Showalter said.
Carp left Sunday's game at Los Angeles with discomfort after stretching for a throw in the fifth inning. He was hitting .308 with three doubles and a homer in his last 15 games and has a .206 this year with five home runs and 20 RBIs.
This is Carp's third stint on the disabled list this season following a pair caused by right shoulder injuries.
Smoak was optioned to Tacoma on July 23 in the midst of a 1-for-25 slide that dropped his big league average to .189. He is tied for the Mariners' lead in home runs (13) and is fourth in RBIs (38). Seattle acquired him two years ago in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas.
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