MLB notebook: Francona set for return to Boston

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

• Indians manager Terry Francona is bracing for a lump in his throat and maybe a tear or two. He's going back to Boston for a four-game series beginning Thursday. For the first time as an opposing manager, Francona will walk into famed Fenway Park to face the Red Sox, the team he led to two World Series titles during eight seasons. Francona, who was let go after the Red Sox collapsed in 2011, said he hasn't given much thought to his homecoming, but he's certain it will conjure up some memories.

• Right-hander Kyle Lohse will miss his next scheduled turn in the Brewers' rotation because of irritation in his pitching elbow. Mike Fiers will start Saturday against visiting Pittsburgh.

• The Diamondbacks ended Adam Eaton's rehabilitation stint in the minors after the young outfielder felt soreness in his injured left elbow. Eaton felt discomfort in the elbow during an appearance with Triple-A Reno on Monday and was returning to Phoenix to be examined. Eaton has been on the disabled list all season after spraining his elbow in spring training. He had been slated to play center field and be the team's leadoff hitter.

• Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is scheduled for an MRI Thursday on his sore ribcage. Utley scratched from the lineup for Philadelphia's win over the Marlins on Tuesday after feeling discomfort in his ribcage during batting practice. He was not in the lineup for Wednesday night's series finale.

• Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda left Wednesday's game against the Orioles because of an injury. Kuroda gave up a third-inning single to Chris Davis before grimacing near the mound in pain. Earlier, the right-hander was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Manny Machado. But that injury did not appear to be related to the one that ended his night.

— AP

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