ARLINGTON, Texas – Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto was placed on the disabled list for the third time this season because of issues with his right lat muscle.
The Reds put their opening- day starter on the DL again Saturday, a day after he left the series opener at Texas because of tightness in his upper back. Cueto threw only 29 pitches and came out one batter into the second inning Friday night.
“It’s very disheartening,” Manager Dusty Baker said Saturday. “So close to being himself. It’s hard. I just hope we can come up with a solution.”
Cueto returned to Cincinnati to be examined by the Reds’ medical director, Dr. Timothy Kremchek.
WHITE SOX: Chicago recalled pitcher Simon Castro from Triple-A Charlotte.
Castro was acquired Dec. 31, 2011, as part of a trade that sent outfielder Carlos Quentin to San Diego. He has never pitched in the major leagues.
ORIOLES: Baltimore recalled right-hander Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A Norfolk and designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment.
Jurrjens was summoned to be the long man in the bullpen after Kevin Gausman pitched 41/3 innings Friday night.
ROCKIES: Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 26 games with an RBI single in the first inning against San Francisco.
He hit an 0-2 pitch from Matt Cain up the middle to drive in Corey Dickerson from third and give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
DIAMONDBACKS: Closer J.J. Putz was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Sidelined since May 7 by a strained right elbow, Putz pitched four games during an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Reno. He allowed one run and four hits in two innings, with four strikeouts and three walks. Putz is 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA and five saves in nine chances with the Diamondbacks this season.
INDIANS: Cleveland selected the contract for right-hander Joe Martinez and optioned right-hander Matt Langwell to Triple-A Columbus.
Langwell was 1-0 in five games with a 5.06 ERA this season.
NATIONALS: Washington promoted right-hander Taylor Jordan from Double-A Harrisburg to start at New York against the Mets.
RAYS: Third baseman Evan Longoria was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season because of a sore right foot.