MLB notebook: Puig to get X-rays in Pittsburgh
Yasiel Puig was not in the Dodgers starting lineup against the Cardinals on Sunday, one day after getting hit on his left hand by a pitch. Manager Don Mattingly said team medical staff had advised “no baseball stuff today” and that a second round of X-rays would be taken Monday in Pittsburgh before a three-game series against the Pirates. “It's OK,” Mattingly said. “It's still sore and I think a little bit swollen and obviously we're going to be cautious at this point.” Puig was struck on the hand by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the third inning on Saturday. Matt Kemp pinch hit for Puig in the eighth inning of the 4-2 loss to the Cardinals. Andre Ethier was slated to start in right field and bat fifth on Sunday night. Puig was hitting .308 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 92 games.
• The Yankees issued a statement strongly disputing a story in the New York Post that claimed the team was raising prices for the Sept. 7 game in which Derek Jeter will be honored. “The New York Yankees have not, did not, and will not raise any ticket prices for the game to be played in Yankee Stadium on September 7, or for that matter, any other game to be played at Yankee Stadium this season,” the statement said. “The statement that ‘the team hiked the cheapest tickets on its Web site a stunning 1,250 percent — from $16 to $250' is absolutely and categorically untrue. The story confuses the primary ticket market with the secondary ticket market. That is, tickets that are being sold by fans who already purchased the tickets.”
• Astros outfielder George Springer did not play in the series finale against the White Sox because of soreness in his right quad and right knee. Springer hurt his knee earlier this month when he crashed into the wall to make a catch against the Rangers. Astros manager Bo Porter said that the day off was mostly precautionary and didn't appear to be concerned. The 24-year-old Springer leads the team with 20 home runs, one short of the team record for a rookie.
• Reds utility man Skip Schumaker was reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list. To make room on the roster, the Reds optioned infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville. Schumaker was injured when he ran into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch July 10 against the Cubs. The 34-year-old was batting .240 with a home run and 14 RBIs.
• White Sox manager Robin Ventura was non-committal about the closer role, which Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam shared in recent weeks. Matt Lindstrom (left ankle surgery) could return next month, while Taylor Thompson also was a potential candidate. Prior to Sunday's game, Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, where he converted all six of his save chances.
• Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, who began Sunday tied with Texas' Adrian Beltre for first in the AL batting race at .335, sat out because of tightness and soreness in his hamstring. The five-time All-Star, who turns 32 in October, played all 28 innings the previous two nights.
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