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MLB notebook: Carrasco's suspension cut to seven games

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 10:09 p.m.

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco had his suspension for throwing at a hitter reduced from eight to seven games.

He began serving it Sunday. Carrasco initially was suspended for eight games in April for “intentionally throwing” at the Yankees' Kevin Youkilis but was able to keep pitching because an appeal was pending.

Carrasco was sent to the minors after his April 9 start against the Yankees. He was called back up and started Saturday's game against Detroit.

McCarthy on seizure medication

Arizona's Brandon McCarthy is taking medication and said he's confident he'll be fine after he collapsed at a restaurant with a seizure related to the head injury he sustained while pitching last September.

The Diamondbacks' right-hander underwent extensive examinations at the Mayo Clinic after the incident Monday.

McCarthy, speaking before Arizona played San Francisco on Sunday, said he knew that after a traumatic brain injury a person can become more “seizure-prone.”

McCarthy, on the 15-day disabled list, said he will be taking anti-seizure medicine for the foreseeable future. He doesn't believe the seizure will impact his return to pitching.

Pitcher has recurrence of lymphoma

The Rangers put left-hander Michael Kirkman on the 15-day disabled list after a recurrence of lymphoma around his right triceps. The team said a complete recovery is expected.

In making the move, the Rangers said Kirkman will begin treatment shortly and will be able to participate in baseball activities.

Kirkman initially was diagnosed in January 2012 and had radiation treatments last year.

Braun removed with thumb injury

Ryan Braun was lifted from the Brewers' game Sunday for a pinch-hitter in the third inning because of persistent trouble with his sore right thumb.

Braun struck out in the first inning against the Phillies. Logan Schaefer batted for him in the third and took his spot in left field.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before the game he hoped to avoid putting Braun on the disabled list. But Roenicke acknowledged that Braun has had setbacks with the thumb as he has played through the soreness.

Mets demote struggling Davis

After Sunday's 8-4 defeat to the Marlins, the Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis to Triple-A Las Vegas.

They also optioned outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Rob Carson.

The team will call up infielder Josh Satin, outfielder Collin Cowgill and left-handed reliever Josh Edgin before Tuesday night's series opener against St. Louis.

Davis, who hit 32 home runs and had 90 RBI last season, was hitting .161 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 66 strikeouts before getting demoted.

Around the league

The Dodgers scratched left-hander Ted Lilly from his scheduled start Sunday against the Braves and placed the 37-year-old left-hander on the 15-day disabled list because of a neck sprain. ... Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson said he will visit specialist Dr. James Andrews and, if necessary, will undergo a second Tommy John surgery. ... Logan Morrison was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Marlins and ended a layoff of nearly 11 months.

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