MLB notebook: Surgery to sideline Nationals' Harper until July
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly is going to be sidelined at least until July because of surgery on his left thumb.
ESPN.com said the two-time All-Star will have the operation Tuesday.
Washington spokesman John Dever declined comment.
The Nationals placed Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, saying he had a sprained left thumb.
Harper was hurt Friday night on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple against San Diego. He didn't leave the game until after the next inning.
Harper is hitting .289 with one home run and nine RBIs.
Reds seek clarification
The Reds are asking for more information from Major League Baseball about the replay dispute that led to Bryan Price's first ejection as manager.
Price was ejected during the first inning of Cincinnati's 1-0 loss in 10 innings at Atlanta on Sunday. Price asked for a replay after B.J. Upton was called safe at first base on Johnny Cueto's pickoff throw. First baseman Joey Votto caught the ball and swiped at Upton's hand before it touched the base.
The replay was deemed inconclusive and the call stood. Price came out to discuss it further and was ejected immediately.
The Reds sought clarification from MLB on Monday about why the replay was deemed inconclusive.
Price thought that the replay definitively showed that Upton was out.
“That was not explained,” Price said Monday before the start of a series against the Chicago Cubs.
“They had the one angle that everybody saw at the ballpark which was the only angle we saw, the one I thought supported our argument, which apparently it did not.”
Kershaw rehab continues
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw will make one more rehab start before returning to the big league club, and he didn't hide his feelings as he voiced his displeasure at the move Sunday, ESPN.com reported.
Kershaw, who has lobbied to come off the disabled list this week, instead will start Wednesday for Class AA Chattanooga.
He was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his back after his Opening Day start in Australia last month.
“Not really,” Kershaw said when asked if he was satisfied with the Dodgers' decision. “I did the best I could, but I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something. It's what they want me to do.”
Nats' Fister feels strong
Nationals starter Doug Fister, who has been on the disabled list all season, made his first rehab start on Sunday with Class A Potomac and said he “felt strong” after an outing where he allowed six hits in four innings, ESPN.com reported.
Fister struck out three and allowed three unearned runs. He threw 59 pitches, 42 for strikes.
Around the league
The Cardinals demoted struggling rookie Kolten Wong to the minors. Wong, the starting second baseman to open the season, and reserve outfielder Shane Robinson were optioned to Triple-A Memphis. ... The Astros have traded right-hander Lucas Harrell to the Diamondbacks for cash or a player to be named later. Harrell was designated for assignment on April 16 after opening the season 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA.
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