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Sunday, June 21, 2009

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers is set to start his minor-league stint on Tuesday with Triple-A Albuquerque.

"Manny has agreed to go to Albuquerque on Tuesday," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Saturday.

Torre wouldn't specify how many days Ramirez would spend with the club there.

"The only thing I can report to you is that he's agreed to go down there," Torre said. "I think it's just a matter of competition. It's the idea of going out there and playing a game."

Mariners' Chavez out for season

Mariners outfielder Endy Chavez is done for the season after an exam revealed a serious right knee injury sustained in a collision with shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

Chavez tore the anterior cruciate ligament and has other structural damage in his right knee, Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said.

It'll likely be another few weeks before Chavez can undergo surgery and the full extent of the damage is revealed. Surgery will occur once swelling in the knee goes down.

Chavez, who started at all three outfield positions this season and was hitting .273, was hurt when he collided with Betancourt chasing down a pop up in the fifth inning Friday night.

Reds SS Gonzalez goes on DL

Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez went back on the disabled list with bone chips in his throwing elbow, the latest setback to a Cincinnati infield that has been in flux all season.

Gonzalez went on the 15-day disabled list a day after he felt pain on a swing during batting practice. The Reds called up infielder Danny Richar from Triple-A Louisville to take his place.

Cincinnati also optioned left-hander Matt Maloney to Louisville and recalled utility player Wilkin Castillo.

Dice-K to skip turn in rotation

Struggling Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will skip his next turn in the rotation.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Matsuzaka will have a medical exam to see if there is anything physically wrong with him.

Matsuzaka's next turn in the rotation would have been Thursday, but that's the day John Smoltz is scheduled to make his return from rehab.

Corpas placed on 15-day DL

Rockies setup man Manuel Corpas was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.

An MRI exam Friday revealed a floating bone chip in his right elbow. Corpas got a cortisone shot and was shut down for the weekend, but no surgery has been scheduled.

Royals demote Davies

The Kansas City Royals sent Kyle Davies, a scuffling right-hander, to Triple-A Omaha and activated reliever Robinson Tejeda off the 15-day disabled list.

Davies (3-7, 5.67 ERA) finished strong in 2008 and had a solid start to this season, but has one win in his last nine starts. He allowed eight runs and nine hits in 2.2 innings in a 10-5 loss to St. Louis on Friday night.

Willingham off bereavement list

The Nationals have reinstated outfielder Josh Willingham from the bereavement list and optioned outfielder Corey Patterson to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on their roster.

Willingham spent the maximum seven days on the bereavement list, missing six games following the death of his brother. He is batting .294 with nine home runs and 12 RBI.

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