Roundup: Nats put four on DL

The Washington Nationals have set their Opening Day roster by placing four players on the disabled list, including right-hander Chien-Ming Wang.

Joining him on the 60-day DL Sunday were left-hander Ross Detwiler and catcher Jesus Flores, while catcher Chris Coste was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The Nationals' 25-man roster includes 12 pitchers and 13 position players. They open the season Monday at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.

-- Associated Press


The Tampa Bay Rays trimmed their roster to the 25-man limit by placing relief pitcher J.P. Howell on the 15-day disabled list and reassigning pitcher Joaquin Benoit and infielder Hank Blalock to the minor leagues.

Howell was placed on the DL Sunday because of a left shoulder strain. The move is retroactive to March 26.

Benoit was beaten out for the final spot in the bullpen by Mike Eckstrom. He and Blalock, a two-time All-Star who played the past eight years with the Texas Rangers, will open the season with Triple-A Durham.

Blalock signed a minor league deal last month. The contract included a clause allowing him to try to sign with other teams if he was not going to be part of the roster coming out of spring training.

-- Associated Press


Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been placed on the disabled list as expected, among several moves the team made to finalize its 25-man roster.

Kinsler is recovering from a high right ankle sprain sustained during drills March 12. He hasn't played since and is expected to play a couple minor league games before being activated.

The Rangers also placed right-handers Tommy Hunter (left oblique strain) and Warner Madrigal (right forearm soreness) on the disabled list Sunday. The DL moves are retroactive to March 26.

All three players will be eligible to be activated Saturday.

-- Associated Press