MLB notebook: Report: Nationals OF Harper set to return Monday
Bryce Harper will rejoin the Nationals on Monday barring any setbacks, according to a Washington Post report citing a person familiar with the matter.
The outfielder has missed 57 games after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The two-time All-Star hit three home runs Saturday as the designated hitter for Class AA Harrisburg in Akron.
• Struggling Giants reliever Sergio Romo has lost his closer's job after blowing another save Saturday, the team announced. Manager Bruce Bochy said the Giants will now use a committee with Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt as the top candidates. Romo has 22 saves, but has blown three of his past five chances.
• The last time Chris Archer performed at Yankee Stadium, he pitched the finest game of his life. In his return Monday night, the Rays right-hander has a chance to put his name alongside that of Hall of Famer Walter Johnson. Archer is only the second pitcher in the last 30 years to win his first four starts against the Yankees, joining Ervin Santana in 2005-06. The last pitcher to go 5-0 in his first five games against New York is Johnson, who did it with the Washington Senators in 1907-08. The 25-year-old Archer owns a career record of 14-15, but against the Yankees he's looked like an All-Star. He's 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA.
• The Athletics placed Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list after the outfielder aggravated a previous knee injury. Reddick left Saturday's 7-6 victory against Miami in the fourth inning with a strained right knee. He had an MRI on Sunday morning, but the A's had not seen the results when they decided to put him on the DL. Reddick had just been activated after he spent three weeks on the disabled list with a hyperextended right knee.
• The Brewers promoted Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Nashville to fortify their bench after injuries to outfielder Carlos Gomez and shortstop Jean Segura. Gomez left Saturday's 7-4 win over Colorado in the seventh inning with a neck strain after colliding with Ryan Braun in the outfield. Segura had left an inning earlier with leg cramps.
• The Diamondbacks placed infielder Chris Owings on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain and selected the contract of infielder Nick Ahmed from Triple-A Reno. Owings is batting .277 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 72 games, including 61 at shortstop.
• A minor league team in Ohio has a hot dog on its menu in honor of Johnny Football. The Akron RubberDucks say the “Johnny Footlong” is a tribute to new Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. The hot dog is topped with Texas chili, shredded pepper jack cheese and Sriracha hot sauce. It sells for $8.
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