SAN DIEGO Right-hander Brett Tomko rejoined the San Diego Padres on Friday, six days after he was placed on unconditional waivers by the Kansas City Royals.
Tomko said he spoke with several teams and chose the Padres because he lives in suburban Poway.
"It came down to here and people will think I'm crazy the Yankees," Tomko said before the Padres played the Seattle Mariners. "It definitely was enticing, but like I told them, it's nice to be home. I mean, to be able to pitch at home is always a great thing."
The Padres are in last place in the NL West. This is Tomko's third stint with the Padres. He pitched for San Diego in 2002 and rejoined them for the stretch drive last year.
BAUTISTA INJURED: Pirates reliever Denny Bautista was struck on the right forearm near his elbow by Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura's line drive in the fourth inning Friday night and left the game, his first with the club. X-rays showed no breaks, but manager John Russell said Bautista's arm was sore and swollen. He is expected to miss a couple of games.
MATSUI PUT ON DL: Hideki Matsui was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sore left knee, leaving the New York Yankees without one of their key sluggers. The team also optioned reliever Ross Ohlendorf to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled left-hander Kei Igawa from its top farm club.
MULDER ACTIVATED: Mark Mulder, limited by a shoulder injury to just three major league appearances since the 2006 season, was activated Friday by the St. Louis Cardinals and sent to their bullpen. The left-hander, coming back from two shoulder operations, made three starts last September and was 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA.
NATS' HILL TOLD TO REST: Right-hander Shawn Hill returned to the Washington Nationals on Friday with an open-ended prescription for rest, after an examination at the Mayo Clinic revealed no particular reason for his troubling right forearm soreness. "The plan is to shut him down," manager Manny Acta said before a game against Baltimore. "He's going to rest for a while, then go on a throwing program. But there's no timetable."
ALBERS COULD BE DONE: Orioles right-hander Matt Albers is likely done for the season after an MRI on his ailing shoulder revealed a torn labrum. Albers can choose to rehabilitate the shoulder, which would probably keep him sidelined for at least two months, or he can opt for surgery and be out of action for eight or nine months. "He's going to consider his options over the next couple of days and then go from there," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
CALLASPO ARRESTED: Utility infielder Alberto Callaspo of the Kansas City Royals was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence and spent more than seven hours in jail. The Royals said they were still looking into the incident and Callaspo would be available to play this weekend in a series against the St. Louis Cardinals. "It's certainly a regrettable situation, very unfortunate," general manager Dayton Moore said. According to police reports, University of Missouri-Kansas City authorities stopped the 25-year-old Callaspo about 3 a.m. after he allegedly ran a red light near the campus in midtown Kansas City. He was booked into jail about 4:30 a.m. and released shortly before noon on a signature bond.