MLB notebook: Dodgers ace Kershaw pitches simulated game
• Clayton Kershaw was back on the Dodger Stadium mound Sunday — in a simulated game that was the next step in his recovery from a strained muscle in his upper back. “Everything felt good,” the two-time Cy Young Award winner said after a workout that was preceded by a brief bullpen session.
• Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, an injury that often requires Tommy John surgery. Nova left Saturday's game against Tampa Bay in the fifth inning. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list. If Nova needs elbow-ligament replacement surgery, he could be sidelined more than a year.
• Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday he is promoting setup man Kyle Farnsworth to the ninth-inning role in place of struggling right-hander Jose Valverde, who has given up four home runs in his last three outings.
• The Tigers released Opening Day shortstop Alex Gonzalez and purchased the contract of infielder Danny Worth from Triple-A Toledo. The 37-year-old Gonzalez started the opener against Kansas City and delivered the winning hit in the ninth inning, but he went just 5 for 30 with Detroit.
• The Brewers put outfielder Logan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list and reinstated first baseman Lyle Overbay from the paternity list. The 27-year-old Schafer was hitting .214 with four doubles and two RBIs in 10 games.
• The Twins claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from Oakland and designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment.