MLB notebook: Giants' Cain to have season-ending elbow surgery
Giants right-hander Matt Cain will undergo surgery next Monday to have bone chips and spurs removed from his throwing elbow, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.
Bochy said Giants orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki will perform the procedure in San Francisco. Though a three-month timetable has been mentioned for Cain's recovery, that won't be known more definitively until surgery is performed and the extent of the irritation is determined.
Cain has admitted the fragments floating in his elbow have bothered him — never more so than this year, when the three-time All-Star went on the disabled list for the first time with his throwing arm ailing. Earlier, he was sidelined with a cut finger and a hamstring strain.
Cain built a reputation for durability by reaching the 200-inning level each season from 2007-12. This year, he was 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA in 15 outings after beginning the season as the No. 2 pitcher in San Francisco's rotation.
Cubs to promote prized prospect Baez
Javier Baez, 21, the heralded Cubs prospect, will be promoted from Triple-A Iowa and join the team Tuesday when it opens a three-game series in Denver against the Rockies.
The Cubs were adamant they weren't considering Baez for a promotion to the majors until they believed he was dominating in Triple-A. They became convinced Baez was ready after he hit two home runs Sunday in a loss at Omaha.
Baez is batting .260 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 104 games for Iowa, a recovery since batting .178 on May 21.
The Cubs have moved him from his natural shortstop position to second base for selected games last month, and indications are he's ready for the transition on the major league level with Starlin Castro at shortstop.
No pain for Tanaka
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he experienced no discomfort Monday after 25 60-foot tosses on the Yankees outfield grass — the first time he's tested his injured right elbow.
Tanaka, who appeared on the road to Tommy John surgery after a slight tear to his ulnar collateral ligament, suffered in early June, instead opted for a non-surgical platelet-rich plasma injection July 14.
Mets release Abreu
The Mets released outfieler Bobby Abreu, 40, after Monday's 4-3 loss to the Giants, recalling outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Signing with the team as a minor league free agent earlier this season, Abreu initially was successful, but he finished his tenure in an 0-for-13 slump. Abreu batted .065 as a pinch hitter.
A veteran of 18 seasons and six teams, Abreu is a career .291 hitter with a .395 on-base percentage. He wants to continue playing if possible and did not rule out joining Triple-A Las Vegas.
Dodgers shake up pitching
The Dodgers made their first move to address their pitching troubles, promoting right-handed starter Carlos Frias from Triple-A Albuquerque and placing right-handed reliever Chris Perez on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his right ankle.
Frias was 10-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 21 games with Double-A Chattanooga and Albuquerque this year. It's the 24-year-old's eighth season in professional ball and his first call-up.
Frias could step into a rotation that is looking for reinforcements with the struggles of Dan Haren (five-game losing streak) and Josh Beckett (pitching with a hip impingement).
McLouth placed on DL
The Nationals placed outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.
The 32-year-old former Pirate has right shoulder inflammation. He's batting .179 in 79 games, including 33 starts, with one homer and seven RBIs.
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