MLB notebook: Former All-Star outfielder Dykstra released from prison
Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was released from a California prison after serving time for bankruptcy fraud.
Dykstra, 50, who had a 12-year career with the Mets and Phillies, was sentenced in December to 61⁄2 months in prison for hiding baseball gloves and other heirlooms from his playing days that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing.
He already had served seven months in custody awaiting sentencing. The prison term ran concurrently with a three-year sentence for pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.
• The Tigers designated reliever Jose Valverde for assignment, less than two months after bringing the veteran right-hander back to the major leagues for another chance to be the team's closer. Valverde went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA, converting nine saves in 12 chances. The Tigers will likely use Joaquin Benoit in most save situations for the time being.
• Red Sox manager John Farrell said Andrew Bailey will be given a break from closing after the right-hander's third blown save in the past five outings. Veteran right-hander Koji Uehara is expected to become Boston's new closer, at least in the short term.
• The White Sox recalled former Blackhawk High School standout Brian Omogrosso from Triple-A Charlotte. The right-hander appeared in 11 games for the White Sox earlier this year, and had a 5.14 ERA over 14 innings.
• Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter was cleared to resume rehabbing from a lower back injury after the team got outside medical opinions about his comeback from nerve issues.
• The Phillies activated second baseman Chase Utley (oblique strain) from the disabled list.
• The Yankees shuffled infielders, promoting Alberto Gonzalez from the minors and cutting Reid Brignac.
• Slugger Carlos Lee retired, ending a 14-year career, MLB.com reported. The 37-year-old played last season for the Astros and the Marlins, hitting .264 with nine homers and 77 RBI. He hit 358 homers for his career.
• The Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the disabled list because of a partial tear in his rotator cuff.
— Wire reports
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