MLB notes: Verlander not expected to miss next start

2013-04-27T00:00:00Z MLB notes: Verlander not expected to miss next startThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DETROIT - Tigers ace Justin Verlander is expected to make his next start despite a blister on his pitching thumb that caused him to leave Thursday's game.

Tigers trainer Kevin Rand says Verlander's blister is something the right-hander has had to deal with in the past as well, but it doesn't look as if he'll miss any more time.

Verlander left Thursday's game against Kansas City after seven innings. The Tigers led 3-2 when he was taken out. They went on to lose 8-3 in 10 innings.

Cards rookie Adams goes on 15-day DL

ST. LOUIS - Rookie Matt Adams of the St. Louis Cardinals, who is batting .542 in eight games, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Adams hasn't played since he had two hits in a 7-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. He was scratched from Monday's game after complaining of soreness.

The 24-year-old Adams has three home runs, eight RBIs and a 1.042 slugging percentage in 24 at-bats as the backup first baseman.

St. Louis purchased the contract of infielder Jermaine Curtis from Triple-A Memphis in time for Friday night's game against Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old Curtis, a right-handed hitter, was a fifth-round pick in 2008.

Ump leaves game

NEW YORK - Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora exited the Phillies-Mets game in the first inning Friday because of flulike symptoms.

The game was stopped while the Mets were batting in the bottom of the first. It resumed with three umpires after first base ump Adrian Johnson changed into his plate gear.

O'Nora headed to the Mets' dugout on the first base side after Daniel Murphy hit a grounder for the second out.

Injuries building up for Yankees

NEW YORK - Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli broke his right hand on Ivan Nova's fifth pitch the game against Toronto on Friday night, and two innings later New York's starter walked off the mound with pain in his right elbow.

The Yankees said Cervelli needs surgery and will miss a minimum of six weeks. Nova left his outing against the Blue Jays after allowing a single to the second batter of the third inning. He will have an MRI.

Also, Kevin Youkilis was out of the Yankees lineup for a sixth straight game because of back tightness, and the infielder could be headed to the disabled list if he is unable to play today.

Three Pirates ejected

ST. LOUIS - Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez and manager Clint Hurdle were ejected in the first inning of Friday night's game with the Cardinals after Sanchez hit cleanup hitter Allen Craig in the helmet with a pitch.

Sanchez (0-2) allowed back-to-back home runs to Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran to start the game. Matt Holiday followed with a single and Sanchez's next pitch hit Craig in the helmet near his ear.

Home plate umpire Tim Timmons immediately ejected Sanchez, who had thrown just 17 pitches. When Hurdle came out to argue, he also was ejected.

Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell was ejected in the top of the fifth inning for arguing with Timmons. Bell became irate when Pirates lead-off man Starling Marte was hit for the second time by Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn.

Jays scratch Johnson

NEW YORK - Toronto pulled Josh Johnson from his start against the Yankees on Friday night because of right triceps tightness.

The Blue Jays hope the precautionary move will keep him from missing any further outings.

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