MLB notebook: Rays cut former All-Star reliever Bell

| Sunday, May 4, 2014, 7:03 p.m.

• Reliever Heath Bell was cut by the Rays in a costly move for a normally thrifty team. Needing a fresh long man in the bullpen, the Rays recalled right-hander Nathan Karns from Triple-A Durham and designated Bell for assignment before Sunday's series finale against the Yankees. Tampa Bay still owes him about $4.5 million this season.

• The Braves activated right-hander Gavin Floyd from the disabled list and optioned left-handed reliever Ian Thomas to Triple-A Gwinnett. Floyd signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves in December after his 2013 season with the White Sox was shorted by an elbow injury. He had surgery last May to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his elbow.

• The Indians recalled former Pirates outfielder Nyjer Morgan from Triple-A Columbus because of an injury to starting center fielder Michael Bourn. Morgan began the season with the Indians, batting .348 with three steals, four runs and four RBIs in nine games.

• The Royals activated left-hander Tim Collins from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Aaron Brooks to Triple-A Omaha. Collins had been out since April 7 because of a strained left elbow flexor.

• Twins first baseman Joe Mauer left Sunday's game against Baltimore because of muscle spasms in his lower back. Mauer is considered day-to-day.

• Mets leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday against Colorado after being hit below the right eye during batting practice.

— AP

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