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Briefs: White Sox put Thornton, Putz on DL

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have placed relievers Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz on the 15-day disabled list, leaving their bullpen a bit short on experience.

They recalled right-hander Lucas Harrell from Triple-A Charlotte and reinstated lefty Erick Threets from the disabled list following a rehab assignment with the minor league club before Wednesday's game against Baltimore.

Thornton, an All-Star, was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 18 because of inflammation in his left elbow. He is 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA and leads AL relievers with 66 strikeouts.

Putz, who left Tuesday's game against the Orioles because of right knee tendinitis, is 6-5 with a 2.68 ERA.

Nats' Morgan suspended for hitting fan with ball

WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan has been given a seven-game suspension for deliberately throwing a baseball into the stands and hitting a fan during a game last weekend.

Morgan has appealed the penalty that Major League Baseball imposed. He will be able to play until the appeal process is complete.

Morgan also was fined an undisclosed amount. The incident occurred in the middle of the ninth inning last Saturday in Washington's win at Philadelphia.

Reds might shut down Leake

Mike Leake was one of the good stories of the early season for the Cincinnati Reds, but after being moved to the bullpen in hopes of limiting his innings, the team is now considering shutting him down for the season.

"We're addressing it now," Reds manager Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay following Tuesday's 16-5 loss to the Giants. "It seemed like he was getting hurt on his slider. He's rolling it up there. It's not sharp."

Leake made his second relief appearance of the season in the game, allowing six hits and six runs while retiring just a single Giants batter. Leake gave up two home runs, a two-run shot to Juan Uribe and a three-run homer to fellow rookie Buster Posey.

Leake's ERA jumped from 3.85 to 4.23 with the appearance.

ChiSox GM shakes off controversy with Guillen's son

CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Ken Williams shook off another Twitter controversy involving manager Ozzie Guillen's son Wednesday.

The problem involved Guillen's middle son, Oney, a former White Sox employee, who took exception to Williams' decision to go to a comedy club in a northwest suburb of Chicago while the White Sox played a doubleheader at Kansas City on Saturday night.

Although Williams takes exception to Guillen's son, Williams said he still has a good working relationship with the manager.

Oney Guillen had resigned from his job in the scouting department on March 19 after the organization took exception to some of his tweets.

Twins claim Rockies' Flores off waivers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins have claimed Randy Flores off waivers from the Colorado Rockies to add a much-needed lefty to the bullpen.

The AL Central leaders made the move. They also moved left-hander Ron Mahay from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for Flores on the 40-man roster. Mahay injured his right shoulder last weekend when he stumbled off the mound to field a grounder.

Mahay's injury left the Twins with just one healthy lefty in the bullpen in middle man Glen Perkins.

Flores is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 27 1/3 innings for the Rockies this season. Opponents are hitting just .224 off of him, but he has allowed 22 hits and 13 walks in 47 appearances.

Yanks reportedly not interested in Kuroda

A "rival executive" said after the Dodgers reportedly put starter Hiroki Kuroda on the waiver wire Tuesday that "I guarantee [the] Yankees are all over it."

Not so much, at least according to general manager Brian Cashman.

"I haven't thought about him. I don't even know if he's on waivers yet," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday. "Besides, I'd be hard-pressed to find a pitcher on the waiver wire who can pitch better for us than Dustin Moseley has."

In fact, Cashman said he's not shopping for any help at all.

Astros claim Giants' Downs on waivers

The Astros have become a beneficiary of the Giants' waiver claim on Cody Ross.

The Giants, who are collecting outfielders like bobblehead dolls, claimed Ross to block the first-place Padres, who need a center fielder. Their bluff got called by the Marlins, who decided to let the Giants pick up the rest of Ross' salary

In order to make room on their 40-man roster for Ross, the Giants had to designate infielder Matt Downs for assignement, which meant he had to go through waivers. The Astros snatched him up Wednesday. Downs, 26, hasn't done much in limited big-league action, but he's batting .280 with some power at Triple-A. He's mostly a second baseman, but has played everywhere except catcher and center field, making him a solid utility possibility.

Pirates call up Burres to fill in for Ohlendorf

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled left-hander Brian Burres from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, who went on the 15-day disabled with a damaged muscle in the back of his right shoulder.

Another roster move is possible before Sunday, when Ohlendorf was to have started again.

Ohlendorf (1-11) felt tightness in the shoulder while starting Monday against St. Louis and was removed after throwing eight pitches. An MRI exam revealed no damage that will require surgery, but he may not return this season.

Burres was 2-3 with a 5.62 ERA in 10 games, including seven starts, with Pittsburgh earlier this season. He was 5-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 15 games with Indianapolis.

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