News briefs: Phillies' Victorino appeals suspension wire reports

Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino has received a three-game suspension for his role in a Phillies-Giants brawl Friday night, Major League Baseball announced. Teammate Placido Polanco and the Giants' Eli Whiteside and Ramon Ramirez were fined, but not suspended. Victorino has appealed the suspension, meaning he'll continue to play until the appeal is heard by Major League Baseball.

Victorino was hit by a Ramirez pitch in the sixth inning and began walking toward the mound. The pitch came soon after a Jimmy Rollins stolen base, with the Phillies sporting a six-run lead. As Victorino approached Ramirez, Polanco started to run in from second base, when he was tackled by Whiteside -- the Giants' catcher, setting off the fracas.

According to MLB, "Victorino's aggressive actions prolonged the bench-clearing incident."

The Giants have denied the HBP was intentional while the Phillies have maintained it was. Full Story

Reds' Rolen feeling better after surgery

CINCINNATI -- Scott Rolen can move his left shoulder better after his surgery, but it's unclear when he might be able to play for the Reds again.

The 36-year-old third baseman had his shoulder cleaned out last Wednesday. He was in the clubhouse before a game against Colorado. He's doing exercises to regain motion in his shoulder, which has bothered him most of the year.

Rolen says it feels a lot better when he does normal activities, and he can move it more freely than before the surgery.

The Reds are considering a new option to fill in at third while Rolen is out. Former first-round pick Yonder Alonso took ground balls at third base. A career first baseman, he struggled in left field last week. Full Story

Millwood to Rockies after Red Sox release

The Colorado Rockies have signed veteran starting pitcher Kevin Millwood, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Renck also notes that he's heard Millwood starting Wednesday for the Rockies against the Reds is a possibility.

This comes just a day after Millwood was contemplating retirement, though he didn't really change his mind. He simply said he was likely to retire unless someone came calling immediately. The Rockies did, so he's giving it one more shot.

Millwood, 36, signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on May 19 after opting out of his contract with the Yankees on May 1. Overall, he was 7-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 minor-league starts this season -- 13 of which came with Red Sox Triple-A affiliate Pawtuckett -- striking out 76 and walking 31 in 89 2/3 innings.

Millwood is 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in parts of 14 seasons with the Braves, Rangers, Phillies, Indians and Orioles.

ChiSox's Dunn vows better conditioning

BALTIMORE -- In the midst of the worst season of his career, Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn says he will report to spring training camp in better shape next season.

Signed as a free agent to a four-year contract in December, Dunn was batting .163 with 11 homers and 142 strikeouts entering the game against the Orioles.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen suggested Sunday that Dunn should have worked harder during the offseason, and Dunn apparently agrees.

Dunn said he will "do what I can to not let this happen again, obviously."

Angels prospect Cron dislocates kneecap

Angels prospect C.J. Cron suffered a dislocated kneecap Sunday and will undergo an MRI. The severity is not yet known, but he'll certainly see a delay in his development.

"He could be out for the season and miss [fall] instructional league, he could be back in two weeks -- he might need surgery, he might not need surgery," said Abe Flores, the Angels' director of player development (LA Times sports blog). "There is a wide spectrum of possibilities."

Cron, 21, was the Angels' first-round pick this past June -- 17th overall, out of the University of Utah. He signed rather promptly and has played 34 games in rookie ball so far this season. He's hitting .308 with 13 homers, 41 RBI and a 1.000 OPS in his limited time.

Once the results of the MRI are revealed, we'll update this post.

Choo begins rehab assignment

Injured Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo will begin his rehab assignment with Class A Lake County ( Choo is recovering from a displaced fracture in his left thumb and was expected to miss six to eight weeks. We're right in the middle of that timetable, so his impending return should be what was expected. The Indians haven't laid out an exact timetable as to how long the rehab stint will be, but a week is a pretty good guess, assuming there are no setbacks.

Choo, 28, was having a down year at the time of his injury. He is hitting .244 with five homers, 28 RBI, 11 steals and a .687 OPS. He was hitting .370 with a .981 OPS in his previous eight games before the injury, however.

The Indians also lost Grady Sizemore to an injury, so they had to look for outfield help prior to the trade deadline -- and landed Kosuke Fukudome. One would expect Choo to take over for Fukudome in right field pretty much immediately upon his return.

The Indians trail the Tigers by four games in the AL Central, so getting a player like Choo back from injury can't come soon enough.

Reds' Alonso in positional limbo

The moment Yonder Alonso was drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 2008 draft, the questions about where he'd play began. Alonso played first base at Miami and looked like he'd be limited to first base.

That's fine and good, except for when you have the reigning MVP at first base already and that player's just 27.

Last spring the Reds started trying Alonso in left field and he played 30 games there in 2010 between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville, but still played the bulk of his time at first base, logging 96 games there. This season with his bat ready for the big leagues, he was given more time in the left field, where he played 62 games in left compared to 21 at first base.

Since the left-handed hitting prospect was called up to the big leagues when Jonny Gomes was traded, he's started three games in left and none at first. The first part is going to change, the second may not.

Rangers release LHP Rhodes

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers placed left-hander Arthur Rhodes on release waivers.

He becomes a free agent on Wednesday, when he would be eligible to sign with another club.

Texas designated the 41-year-old Rhodes for assignment on Aug. 2 to create a roster spot for right-hander Mike Adams, who had been acquired in a trade with San Diego.

Rhodes went 3-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 32 relief appearances for Texas this season.

Padres place Headley, Frieri on 15-day DL

NEW YORK -- Third baseman Chase Headley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left pinkie, leaving the punchless San Diego Padres without their most productive hitter.

San Diego also put reliever Ernesto Frieri on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back.

To fill their spots, the Padres selected the contract of infielder James Darnell and recalled left-hander Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A Tucson. LeBlanc is scheduled to start Tuesday night.

The moves were made before the opener of a four-game series against the New York Mets.

Orioles place Izturis on DL; recall Berken

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have placed infielder Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Jason Berken from Triple-A Norfolk.

Izturis strained his left groin Sunday against Toronto. It was his second game since returning from a stay on the 60-day DL with an elbow injury.

He is batting .200 in 18 games this season.

Berken is 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 31 appearances for the Orioles. This will be his third stint with Baltimore this year.

Indians place RHP Carrasco on DL

CLEVELAND -- First, suspended. Now, injured. It's been a rough few days for Carlos Carrasco.

The Cleveland Indians placed the starter on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, temporarily voiding his six-game suspension for throwing at Kansas City's Billy Butler.

Carrasco was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball on Aug. 1 for throwing at Butler's head in a July 30 game. The inside fastball didn't hit Butler, but Carrasco was ejected and later slapped with the six-game ban, which he intended to serve following his last start. However, after pitching seven innings on Aug. 3 in Boston, Carrasco felt discomfort in his elbow, according to an Indians release.

The right-hander still faces discipline when he's activated. Carrasco, who is 8-0 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 starts, was on the DL earlier this season with a strained elbow.

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