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MLB notebook: Yankees call up former Wild Things pitcher

| Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

The banged-up Yankees put pitcher Ivan Nova and catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and called up left-handed reliever Vidal Nuno, the Opening Day starter for the independent Washington Wild Things in 2011.

Nova has inflammation in his right triceps, and Cervelli had surgery on his broken right hand.

The Yankees also recalled catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 25-year-old Nuno went 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA with the Wild Things in 2011 before the Yankees purchased his contract. A 48th-round draft pick by the Indians by 2009, Nuno is the 24th player from the Frontier League to reach the majors.

Shortstop Derek Jeter, out until after the All-Star break because of an injured ankle, was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Kevin Youkilis (back) returned to New York's lineup after missing six games.

Blue Jays' Johnson should be OK

The Blue Jays expect right-hander Josh Johnson to return to the rotation late next week.

Johnson was scratched from a start Friday night because of tightness in his right triceps. He had an MRI and manager John Gibbons said team doctors don't think the problem is serious.

Gibbons said Johnson will throw on the side early next week and start a few days later “unless something changes.”

Mariners coach diagnosed with cancer

Seattle Mariners third-base coach Jeff Datz said he was been diagnosed with cancer and might be away from the team for part of the season.

Datz told Mariners players during a team meeting on Saturday afternoon and later released a written statement.

Datz said he's still in the process of making decisions on treatment and he might have to miss some games.

Datz said he released the statement because he doesn't want his absence to be a distraction. He declined further comment until decisions on timing and treatment have been made.

The type of cancer was not disclosed.

The 53-year-old Datz is in his third season with the Mariners. He previously worked on coaching staffs with Baltimore and Cleveland. As a player, Datz reached the majors only once, playing in seven games with Detroit in 1989.

Extra bases

The Dodgers placed right-hander Stephen Fife on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder bursitis. Righty Matt Magill was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. ... The Mets optioned struggling reliever Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton, opening a roster spot for pitcher Shaun Marcum to come off the disabled list. … Reds left fielder Chris Heisey left Cincinnati's game against the Nationals in the third inning with a strained right hamstring.

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