ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays placed rookie All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a right wrist fracture, the second major blow to the team's surprising first-place run in as many days.
Two-time All-Star and four-time AL stolen base champion Carl Crawford went on the DL with a right hand injury on Sunday, meaning the Rays face the challenge of staying on top of the division for at least two weeks without two of their best offensive and defensive players.
"Obviously it's a tough situation, but this team has shown great perseverance all year and I expect it will continue," vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said during a conference call.
"We'll continue to monitor the waiver wire, but this underscores the emphasis that we've placed on depth."
The move was retroactive to Friday, the day after Longoria was hit by a pitch from Seattle closer J.J. Putz.
CONTRERAS HAS SURGERY: White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras had surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles' tendon on Monday and is expected to miss at least nine months. Contreras left his start Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. Activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, the 36-year-old right-hander crumpled to the ground while trying to cover first base in the second inning. He writhed in pain, clutching his ankle, and needed help to walk off the field. It's the fourth time in Contreras' career he's been placed on the disabled list. The right-hander is 65-50 with a 4.57 ERA in 163 games, including 152 starts.
MARLINS RECALL KENSING: The Florida Marlins placed reliever Doug Waechter on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of right shoulder inflammation, and recalled Logan Kensing from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his place. The move was retroactive to Thursday. Waechter was 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA in 39 games with Florida this season. The right-hander was called up from the minors on April 18, and has been a solid performer all season, striking out 44 batters in 56 1-3 innings.
Kensing was 1-0 with a 6.39 ERA and three saves in 13 games for Albuquerque after he was optioned to the minors July 9. The right-hander was 3-1 with a 4.19 ERA in 34 games for Florida prior to that.
SORE SHOULDER IDLES SANCHEZ: Freddy Sanchez was held out of Pittsburgh's starting lineup with a sore right shoulder Monday, leaving the Pirates without their starting double-play combination against the Mets. Sanchez pinch-hit for pitcher Zach Duke in the seventh inning and doubled in a run as the Pirates rallied for a 7-5 victory over New York. Manager John Russell said the second baseman should be back in the lineup Tuesday against Cincinnati. Shortstop Jack Wilson also was held out with right shoulder stiffness. He was scratched from Friday night's game in Philadelphia, delivered a pinch-hit infield single in the 12th inning of the Pirates' 2-0 win and sat out Saturday and Sunday.
CARPENTER RETURNING: St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter will return to St. Louis on Tuesday to have his strained right triceps evaluated. Carpenter was hopeful Monday of remaining on track for his next start, a day after he was removed from a game in Chicago. The team said in its medical report that Dr. George Paletta would evaluate the injury. Paletta performed reconstructive surgery on Carpenter's elbow last July. Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young winner, has made three starts this year and had been hopeful of throwing a scheduled side session on Tuesday.
JAYS RELEASE STEWART:The Blue Jays released outfielder Shannon Stewart on Monday, bringing his second stint with the team to a disappointing finish. Signed as a free agent during spring training, Stewart hit .240 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 52 games this season. The 34-year-old Stewart sprained his right ankle when he stumbled over first base while running out a grounder June 7 against Baltimore. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day and has not played since.
3 MINOR LEAGUERS SUSPENDED: Three Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers were suspended 50 games each Monday after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. All three players were part of the Reds' Dominican summer league teams. Pitchers Jonathan Correa and Elvin Silvestre were penalized for using Boldenone and outfielder Cesar Colmenares tested positive for Nandrolone. A total of 20 minor leaguers have 50-game bans since July 25.
PADRES COACH USPENDED: San Diego bench coach Craig Colbert was suspended one game Monday for a dispute with umpires last week. Colbert will serve the penalty Tuesday night when the Padres play Milwaukee. He was also fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson. Padres manager Bud Black was ejected in the eighth inning in New York after plate umpire Todd Tichenor refused to allow a double switch. Colbert took over as acting manager and was ejected moments later after arguing from the dugout.