MLB notebook: Dodgers' Kershaw might be out for a while
Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw won't be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible to be activated April 14, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday.
“This thing is going to take some time,” Mattingly said before the Dodgers played the Padres.
The Dodgers said that after consultation with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and a review of an MRI scan, Kershaw will be placed on a rehab that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next two to three weeks.
Kershaw was placed on the DL on Sunday with a swollen muscle in his left upper back.
Mattingly also said outfielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is close to coming off the disabled list, but he'll have to prove that he's not afraid to slide into a base or stop quickly while rounding a base.
Rangers' Darvish nears return
Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw an 86-pitch bullpen session and could return to the rotation in the next week. Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux said the right-hander looked very good during four innings of simulated work at the Rangers' ballpark Tuesday.
Injured Reyes plots quick return
On the disabled list after just one at-bat, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes hopes to return from a left hamstring injury in a couple of weeks. Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, hours after getting hurt running the bases during a 9-2 loss to the Rays. An MRI showed Reyes has mild inflammation of the hamstring.
Mets closer Parnell headed for surgery
Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn elbow ligament after just 25 pitches this season and might need surgery. The injury means 36-year-old Jose Valverde is likely to take over as closer for now in an already thin bullpen.
Angels' Baylor suffers broken leg
Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his right leg while catching Vladimir Guerrero's ceremonial first pitch Monday. Baylor had surgery on his right femur. Baylor had to be helped off the field after squatting to catch Guerrero's off-target throw.
Number of foreign players dips
The percentage of MLB players born outside the United States declined slightly for the second straight season. The commissioner's office said 223 players among the 853 on Opening Day rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 states. At 26.1 percent, the share is down from 28.2 percent last year and 28.4 percent in 2012.
The Cubs agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Joel Pineiro, who won 104 games from 2000-11 with Seattle, St. Louis and the Angels. ... The Rangers purchased the contract of former Pirates right-handed reliever Daniel McCutchen from Triple-A Round Rock. ... Veteran infielder Eduardo Nunez was designated for assignment by the Yankees.
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