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News briefs: White Sox activate Humber, will start Monday

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox have activated right-hander Philip Humber from the disabled list and plan to start him in the first game of Monday's doubleheader at Minnesota.

Humber is 8-8 with a 3.63 ERA, but he hasn't pitched since Aug. 18, when he was hit above the right eye by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland's Kosuke Fukudome.

Humber allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings in a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. Full Story

Rangers grant infielder Quintanilla free agency

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Infielder Omar Quintanilla has been granted free agency by the Texas Rangers after declining an outright assignment to the minor leagues.

The Rangers announced the decision, two days after they had outrighted Quintanilla to Triple-A Round Rock.

Quintanilla was sent out after Texas activated All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and utility infielder Andres Blanco from the disabled list.

Quintanilla appeared in 11 games with the Rangers after being purchased from Round Rock on July 8. He was 1 for 22 with two RBI.

Nationals activate Rodriguez, call up Milone

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have activated catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list and called up left-hander Tom Milone from the minors to start against the New York Mets.

Milone's contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse and first baseman Adam LaRoche was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Washington manager Davey Johnson also confirmed that right-hander Livan Hernandez, who started the Nationals' first home game in 2005, will make his final start of the season Sunday.

Rodriguez had been on the DL since July 7 with a strained right oblique.

Cubs extend VP of player personnel

CHICAGO -- Cubs vice president of player personnel Oneri Fleita has been given a four-year contract extension.

The move was made this week and the club confirmed.

The 44-year-old Fleita has been with Chicago in his current capacity as the head of the organization's player development system since 2008. He's been with the Cubs in various jobs since 1995.

The decision was a bit unusual because the Cubs don't have a permanent general manager after Jim Hendry was dismissed on Aug. 19 and replaced on an interim basis by Randy Bush.

Strasburg getting ready for Nationals start

WASHINGTON -- One year ago, Stephen Strasburg had Tommy John surgery. It's an anniversary he'd like to forget, and he's getting closer to putting it behind him.

Strasburg is scheduled to start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he's eager to get going. The right-hander threw a bullpen session.

He says it's been a long year, but time went quicker once he began throwing off a mound and facing batters. He says he will make four starts and wants to go into the offseason healthy.

Manager Davey Johnson will have him on a strict pitch limit. Johnson says he'll throw fewer pitches than the 70 he threw in his sixth and final rehab start on Thursday for Double-A Harrisburg.

Villalona may get second chance with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Villalona appears headed for a second chance with the San Francisco Giants after being cleared of murder charges in his native Dominican Republic.

Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, says Villalona could be reinstated into the organization's farm system in the coming weeks. The Giants are in the process of working to resolve a lawsuit brought against them by Villalona seeking back wages and punitive damages.

Villalona had been charged in the September 2009 death of a 25-year-old man at a bar in his Caribbean homeland.

He received a then-club record $2.1 million bonus when the Giants signed him in 2006.

White Sox GM Williams in spat with hitting coach

White Sox GM Kenny Williams and hitting coach Greg Walker had strong words for each other recently, culminating in Williams telling Walker to clean his locker out, the Chicago Sun-Times writes.

Walker was reacting to Williams' comments about second baseman Gordon Beckham's swing, after the GM said Aug. 19 that he preferred Beckham's swing from the University of Georgia as opposed to the one he has now. When owner Jerry Reinsdorf heard about the spat, he was able to calm everyone down and allow Walker to keep his job.

“I’d rather not comment on it,’’ Walker (pictured) said of the incident to the Sun-Times, which CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says happened during the home series against Texas Aug. 19-21. “What goes on in our clubhouse stays in our clubhouse. It’s been a very frustrating year for a lot of people.’

The White Sox seem to be devolving into a mess, as manager Ozzie Guillen has been a lightning rod all season. Guillen and Williams have a fractured relationship that caused the skipper to say he would not manage next season, the final year of his deal, without a contract extension -- but he may not even make it to next season, as the prevailing opinion is that one of Guillen or Williams, if not both, will be let go after the year. That creates a lot of uncertainty for Guillen's coaches.

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