MLB notebook: Verlander facing possible stint on disabled list
• The earliest right-hander Justin Verlander will pitch is next weekend in Minnesota. It appears that if he can't pitch there, the Tigers will have little choice but to put him on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander will not pick up a ball until at least Tuesday in Tampa Bay. “From there, it could go in a number of directions,” Ausmus said. “He could put the ball back down, or he feels OK to throw a bullpen (session) in the next day or two following that Tuesday.”
• The Blue Jays activated slugger Edwin Encarnacio n from the 15-day disabled list and sent outfielder A nthony Gose to the minors. Encarnacion missed more than a month because of a strained right quadriceps muscle. Encarnacion is a two-time All-Star and is hitting .277 with 26 home runs and 70 RBIs this season.
• Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw 25 pitches Saturday in his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow.
• The Indians activated center fielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list Friday, giving them their quick leadoff hitter and a player capable of making things happen on the base paths and in the outfield. Bourn had been on the DL since July 6.
• The Rockies scratched left-hander Franklin Morales from his scheduled start Friday with his wife in labor. Instead, the team sent reliever Matt Belisle to the mound against Cincinnati.
• Yankee Stadium will add metal detectors at some gates next week as part of Major League Baseball's security plan.
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