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New briefs: Rockies place backup C Morales on DL

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DENVER -- Jose Morales went on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb on Friday, two days after the Colorado Rockies' backup catcher was hurt when a foul ball struck his hand while he worked behind the plate.

Colorado purchased the contract of catcher Matt Pagnozzi from its Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs to replace Morales on the roster. Pagnozzi was in uniform Friday night and available for Colorado's game against Detroit.

Morales, a switch-hitter, was batting .267 with three doubles and seven RBI in 22 games while backing up regular catcher Chris Iannetta. Morales was hurt on a fifth-inning foul tip Wednesday against the Padres but remained in the game until the finish and even threw out a runner attempting to steal.

"He played the final four innings with a broken thumb," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I think it says an awful lot about the kid."

Morales was expected to undergo surgery on the damaged thumb on Monday. Doctors were expected to insert two screws into the thumb, Tracy said. Full Story

Red Sox place SS Lowrie on DL

BOSTON -- The Red Sox placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left shoulder injury and recalled utility man Drew Sutton from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lowrie, already dealing with an injury to the non-throwing shoulder that resulted from a May 29 collision with teammate Carl Crawford, left Thursday night's game at Tampa Bay after a first-inning swing and was sent for an MRI. He had been slumping while dealing with the problem.

"Jed got an MRI this morning and actually the MRI was really pretty good," manager Terry Francona said. "Structurally, it didn't look like there was any significant damage, which is really good."

Francona didn't have a formal diagnosis of the injury, calling it "a strain."

Marlins demote Coghlan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Florida Marlins have optioned outfielder Chris Coghlan to Triple-A New Orleans.

Coghlan, the 2009 NL rookie of the year, was hitting .230 with five homers and 22 RBI in 65 games this season.

Florida also purchased the contract of outfielder Dewayne Wise from New Orleans as part of a series of moves announced before Friday night's game at Tampa Bay.

Left-hander Dustin Richardson was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Wise.

Reds' minor-leaguer suspended after testing positive

NEW YORK -- Reds minor-leaguer Jose Raga has been suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for steroids.

Raga is a catcher for Cincinnati's Venezuelan summer league team. The commissioner's office announced his positive test for stanozolol and the ban, which is effective immediately.

Twins Kubel, Span won't travel to S.F.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins say outfielders Jason Kubel and Denard Span will not make the trip with the team to San Francisco next week because of injuries.

Kubel is on the disabled list with a sprained left foot. Trainer Rick McWane says he is still experiencing discomfort in the foot when he runs in the outfield, particularly while making lateral movements.

Span is on the disabled list with a concussion. McWane says the center fielder is gradually improving, but he is not yet ready to resume baseball activities.

Braves put righty Hanson on DL

ATLANTA -- The Braves placed right-hander Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Braves recalled right-hander Randall Delgado from Double-A Mississippi to start in Hanson's place Friday night against the Texas Rangers. The 21-year-old Delgado will be making his first appearance in the major leagues.

Hanson said an MRI on Friday revealed the inflammation but no structural damage.

O's Guthrie stays off DL

WASHINGTON -- Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has a strained muscle in his back.

Despite the injury, there's still a chance that Guthrie could make his next scheduled start Tuesday.

Guthrie left Thursday's game in Toronto after feeling stiffness in his back. The results of an MRI Friday were "as good as one could have hoped," president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said.

Yanks' Gordon uses all-synthetic glove

NEW YORK -- Brian Gordon took the ball from the pocket of his black glove, wound up and threw his first pitch for the Yankees.

A career minor leaguer, it all seemed pretty natural for the newcomer. Except for his mitt, that is.

On Thursday, Gordon is believed to have become the first big leaguer to play with a glove made entirely of synthetic materials. Not a side panel or string of leather anywhere.

Rangers sign team's top two picks

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have signed their top two draft picks, left-handed pitcher Kevin Matthews and outfielder Zach Cone.

Matthews, who was selected 33rd overall, was assigned to the rookie-level Arizona Rangers in the Arizona League. The 18-year-old went 4-2 with a 1.68 ERA in 10 games for Richmond Hill as a senior this spring.

Cone, who was taken 36th from the University of Georgia, was assigned to Spokane in the Northwest League, a short-season Class A.

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