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News briefs: Mariners closer Aardsma out a month to rest

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CLEVELAND -- Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma will not have elbow surgery to repair a strained ligament.

The Mariners said Friday that the right-hander met with Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles to get a second opinion on a diagnosis by team physician Dr. Edward Khalfayan. Yocum and Khalfayan conferred and have prescribed one month of rest, followed by a throwing program.

Aardsma had surgery on his left hip in January by Dr. Marc Phillipon and opened the season on the disabled list.

While on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma, he experienced discomfort in the elbow.

The 29-year-old totaled 69 saves the past two years for the Mariners. Full Story

Reds activate Rolen

CINCINNATI -- The Reds activated third baseman Scott Rolen off the 15-day disabled list for the start of their weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Reds optioned infielder Scott Valaika to Triple-A Louisville to open a spot.

The 36-year-old Rolen got two cortisone injections last month for a stiff left shoulder and neck. He went on the disabled list April 24, batting .217 with two homers and 12 RBI.

Mariners claim righty Gray off waivers

CLEVELAND -- The Seattle Mariners have claimed right-hander reliever Jeff Gray off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.

Gray is expected to join the club on Saturday, when the Mariners will have to make another move to get him on their roster. The 29-year-old had a 2.70 ERA in six appearances for the White Sox this season. Four of his outings were scoreless, and he threw three shutout innings on May 10 against the Angels.

Gray has also pitched with Oakland and the Cubs. He's 1-1 with a 4.36 ERA in 42 games.

Orioles' Matusz ready for rehab

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is ready to start a minor league rehab assignment.

Matusz, who has been on the disabled list all season because of a strained ribcage muscle, had a 45-pitch bullpen session before the Orioles played Tampa Bay. He is scheduled to start for Class-A Frederick on Monday.

Matusz said he felt good and loose after his throwing session.

Yanks recall Noesi from minors

NEW YORK -- Short on relief pitching for their series opener against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees recalled right-hander Hector Noesi from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League.

To clear a roster spot, the Yankees optioned right-hander Buddy Carlyle to the Triple-A farm team.

The 24-year-old Noesi, who has never pitched in the major leagues, was 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four starts at Scranton. He served a 50-game suspension in 2007 after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance under the minor league drug program.

Ex-Jays pitching coach Queen dies

TORONTO -- Mel Queen, a former Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach and manager who rejoined the organization in 2008 at its player development senior adviser, has died. He was 69.

The cause of death was not divulged.

Queen was an outfielder who became a pitcher and played for both the Cincinnati Reds (1964-69) and California Angels (1970-72). He posted a 20-17 career record with 389 innings pitched, 306 strikeouts, and a career earned-run average of 3.14.

Funeral held for cartoonist Gallo

NEW YORK -- Longtime New York Daily News cartoonist and columnist Bill Gallo was remembered at his funeral Mass as the soul of the newspaper and a legend whose easy manner was admired by those he so famously lampooned -- sports greats like Joe DiMaggio and Larry Holmes and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Among the 400 New Yorkers -- sports figures, colleagues, city officials and fans -- who paid tribute to Gallo at St. Patrick's Cathedral was Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, a longtime friend and former Marine, like Gallo.

He recalled meeting the veteran journalist years ago at a Golden Gloves boxing match. Like the boxers he loved writing about, he said Gallo had a pugnacious spirit.

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