Ramirez back after getting beaned in helmet


Boston Red Sox: Outfielder Manny Ramirez was back in the Red Sox's lineup and batting third for Tuesday night's game against
the A's.

"He showed up ready to play," manager Terry Francona said, "which is what we were hoping for."

Ramirez left Monday night's game after getting beaned in the first inning by a Dan Haren breaking ball. The Red Sox slugger was examined at Fenway Park and didn't go to a hospital before returning home.

On Sunday, Ramirez was hit in the left thigh by a pitch from Seattle's Joel Pineiro in the opener of a doubleheader. He stayed in the game until Jay Payton pinch-hit for him in the fourth and then took his spot in left field; he entered the second game as a pinch-hitter.

Ramirez, who was the World Series MVP, entered the game batting .250 with seven homers and 27 RBI.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Injured closer Eric Gagne could be activated from the DL for the first time this season this weekend. He has been out all season with a sprained right elbow.

St. Louis Cardinals: Scott Rolen left Tuesday's game in the fifth inning with a sprained left shoulder after a violent collision with Dodgers first baseman Hee Seop Choi.

The Cardinals said Rolen was undergoing precautionary X-rays.

Rolen grounded back to pitcher Scott Erickson, whose throw to first pulled Choi into foul territory. Rolen crashed into Choi and left holding his upper left arm, and trainer Barry Weinberg pointed to Rolen's shoulder while consulting with manager Tony La Russa in the dugout.

Abraham Nunez replaced Rolen, who hit his fifth home run in the fourth, at third base in the sixth. Choi remained in the game.

Rolen separated his left shoulder in the 2002 playoffs against the Diamondbacks after a collision with Alex Cintron and missed the rest of the postseason.

Isringhausen expected back: All-Star closer Jason Isringhausen (right abdominal strain) is expected back Thursday, the first day he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. Isringhausen threw 38 pitches in his third bullpen session and, as in the first two, had no problems.

"I don't think you have to wait on anything," pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "I don't think there are any limitations. We'll treat him the same as we always do."

New York Yankees: Reliever Felix Rodriguez tore cartilage in his left knee, and New York is recommending that he have surgery.

Rodriguez injured his knee while getting out of a shower either Monday night or Tuesday, general manager Brian Cashman said after New York's 7-4 win over Seattle. Cashman was not sure where Rodriguez got hurt.

If Rodriguez has surgery, he would probably be sidelined four to six weeks, Cashman said.

Rodriguez, a 32-year-old right-hander in his first season with the Yankees, is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 2/3 innings spanning 11 appearances.

Oakland Athletics: The club put right-hander Kiko Calero
on the disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching elbow and called up pitcher Tim Harikkala from Triple-A Sacramento.

Calero was 2-0 with an 8.68 ERA and one save in 10 games this season. Harikkala, a right-hander, was 1-2 with three saves and a 1.33 ERA at Triple-A.

Adam Morrissey was designated for assignment to make room for Harikkala on the 40-man roster.

Chicago Cubs: The team recalled right-handed pitcher Sergio Mitre and optioned pitcher Jon Leicester to Triple-A Iowa.

The 23-year-old Mitre, 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 32 innings for Iowa, will be used out of the bullpen, Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. Mitre is 2-5 in 15 games, including 11 starts, the last two seasons with the Cubs.

Leicester, 26, started Monday's 7-4 loss to the Mets, the first major-league start of his career. He pitched three innings and gave up four runs and two homers. The Cubs used five relievers in the game.

"After last night, our bullpen's kind of thin," Baker said. "Especially on the right side. Mitre's going to go in the bullpen and hopefully we don't need him. But if we need him, he'll probably be more middle, long situation."

Texas Rangers: Reliever Ryan Bukvich will have ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow Friday and will be lost for the remainder of the season.

Bukvich's exit follows season-ending elbow injuries to top right-handed setup men Frank Francisco and Carlos Almanzar.

Francisco had elbow surgery on April 29, and Almanzar is set for ligament replacement surgery on the same day as Bukvich.

"It's another kick," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday night's game against the Tigers. "We'll have to have somebody else step forward."

Bukvich, claimed off waivers from the Padres in February, had an 11.25 ERA in four appearances for Texas before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 17 with right elbow soreness.

The Rangers also have right-handed reliever R.A. Dickey and left-hander Erasmo Ramirez on the 15-day DL.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: The team activated reliever Jesus Colome from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jonny Gomes to Triple-A Durham before Tuesday night's game against the White Sox.

Colome had been on the DL since April 14 with right shoulder tendinitis.

Gomes appeared in eight games, hitting .304 with two homers and five RBI.

Cincinnati Reds: Utility player Ryan Freel pleaded guilty in Campbell County District Court to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

A judge suspended Freel's driver's license for 90 days and assessed fines and court costs totaling $600.

Freel, 29, was arrested in the northern Kentucky community of Bellevue, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, the night the season started. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and having an open container in a motor vehicle.

He has been free on bond and entered his plea at Tuesday's pretrial hearing. In exchange for his plea, the other charges were dropped. He will be required to undergo alcohol evaluation and treatment.

Freel declined comment following his plea.

Claussen injured: Left-hander Brandon Claussen was hit on his upper arm by a line drive and left his start against San Diego in the fourth inning.

Ramon Hernandez hit a comeback liner that deflected off the back of Claussen's left arm for an infield single. Claussen twisted his left ankle as he fell awkwardly on his back, remaining there for a few seconds before taking a deep breath and standing up.

After a trainer and coaches talked to Claussen for a few seconds, he came out of the game, walking with a slight limp. X-rays on the ankle found no fracture.

Claussen, the Reds' No. 5 starter, was making his fifth appearance. He came to the Reds from the Yankees as part of a midseason trade for third baseman Aaron Boone in 2003.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Ace Oliver Perez will miss his scheduled start Wednesday because of stiffness in his left shoulder. Right-hander Josh Fogg will pitch on three days' rest in place of Perez in the finale of a three-game series with the Giants.

Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon hopes Perez, 1-4 with an 8.03 ERA in seven starts, will miss only one outing and then pitch again next Tuesday or Wednesday at home against the Cubs. The Pirates have three off days in the span of a week, which should give the left-hander plenty of time to recover and regain some confidence.

His throwing shoulder began bothering him after his start Friday.

He will throw on the side under the direction of pitching coach Spin Williams once the team returns to Pittsburgh. Perez dealt with similar stiffness in the back of his shoulder during spring training.

McClendon has sensed for some time there might be something bothering Perez, who has lacked the control he has shown in the past.

"He's a stubborn kid, a proud kid," McClendon said. "I think all in all, when it was said and done, he felt good about the decision. He wants to pitch at 100 percent. ... I'm 100 percent sure in the long haul for the length of his career, this is the right thing to do."

Also Tuesday, outfielder-first baseman Craig Wilson underwent surgery on his injured left finger and is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks. Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, two days after he tore the tissue from the knuckle of his left middle finger while hitting a double in the Pirates' loss to Arizona on Friday. He missed the team's 3-1 victory Saturday night and returned home Sunday to be evaluated by a hand specialist.

Philadelphia Phillies: Third baseman David Bell was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Brewers in the seventh inning and had to be restrained as he charged toward home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had been ejected two innings earlier by Marquez for arguing a called strike on Bell.

Bell was called out on strikes in the seventh and angrily threw his bat toward the Phillies' dugout along the third base line. As he walked to his position, Marquez said something to him and when Bell turned and responded, he was ejected.

Bell then charged toward Marquez and was restrained by bench coach Gary Varsho and third base coach Bill Dancy as he continued hollering at the umpire. Bell threw his batting helmet and then kicked it.

Marquez tossed Manuel shortly after he charged from the dugout to argue the call against Bell. After Manuel was ejected, Bell struck out, leaving the bases full.