MLB notebook: Cardinals activate Adams, send down Taveras
• The Cardinals activated first baseman Matt Adams, a Slippery Rock product, from the 15-day disabled list from a left calf strain and optioned rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras to Triple-A Memphis. Taveras, the Cardinals' top prospect, homered in his major league debut May 31. He appeared in 11 games and hit .189 with two RBIs.
• Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright says his elbow injury is not serious. He could miss a start to allow the tendinitis to calm down.
• Reds right-hander Mat Latos will make his debut Saturday, as expected. Latos spent the entire season to date on the disabled list. He had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus in the spring and then dealt with an elbow strain.
• Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was out of the lineup Friday after being hit on the right hand by a pitch a night before. X-rays taken on Thursday night were negative and he is listed as day to day.
• The Cubs activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the 15-day disabled list and placed infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day DL with rib cage inflammation.
• The Athletics placed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the paternity list and recalled infielder Andy Parrino.
• The Yankees signed three-time All-Star closer Heath Bell to a minor league contract.
• Orioles minor league pitcher Eduardo Gamboa was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance. He tested positive for “exogenous” testosterone.
— Wire reports