MLB Notes: Rangers Activate Yu Darvish From DL for Return From Tommy John

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas right-hander Yu Darvish has been activated from the disabled list to make his first major league start in nearly 22 months.

The Rangers reinstated Darvish before Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room on the active roster for Darvish, who last pitched in a major league game on Aug. 9, 2014, and had Tommy John surgery in March 2015.

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Darvish made five rehab starts this month split between Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco. The Japanese pitcher struck out 21 in 20 innings while allowing only two earned runs.

In his first three seasons with the Rangers, Darvish was 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA in 83 starts from 2012-14.

Blue Jays: Tulowitzki placed on 15-day DL with quad injury
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad injury.

An MRI before Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox revealed a low-grade strain, and Tulowitzki will receive treatment on the leg before resuming baseball activities.

Tulowitzki was injured stealing second in New York against the Yankees on Tuesday. He came out of that game and sat out the remainder of the series. He returned for Friday night's game against the Red Sox but was ineffective, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and showing limitations in his movement in the field.

Tulowitzki is batting .204 this season, with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney are expected to split time at shortstop until Tulowitzki returns.

Giants: RHP Cain placed on 15-day DL
DENVER -- The San Francisco Giants have placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Cain felt tightness in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies on Friday and exited the game soon after. He had an MRI on Saturday.

He is 1-5 with a 5.20 ERA this season.

The 31-year-old Cain suffered a similar injury in 2014 that led to a stint on the disabled list.

To take Cain's place on the roster, the Giants recalled right-hander Chris Stratton from Triple-A Sacramento. Stratton was in uniform Saturday.

Just before the game, the Giants scratched outfielder Denard Span from the starting lineup because of a sore right hip. Outfielder Hunter Pence (strained hamstring) and infielder Brandon Belt (sprained left ankle) were back in the lineup.

Braves: SS Aybar placed on 15-day disabled list
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have placed shortstop Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right foot.

Aybar left Friday night's game in the fifth, one inning after he was hit by a pitch from Miami's Adam Conley. The Braves said Friday night that X-rays were negative.

Aybar, acquired as part of the offseason deal that sent shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels, is hitting .182.

Daniel Castro is starting at shortstop in Saturday's game against the Marlins.

In a corresponding move, the Braves recalled right-hander Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Saturday's game.

Royals: RHP Chris Young activated off DL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have activated right-hander Chris Young from the disabled list before Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Young, who had been out since May 9 with a right forearm strain, was placed in the bullpen after beginning the season in the rotation. He was 1-5 with a 6.68 ERA in seven starts, allowing 13 home runs and walking 11 in 32 1/3 innings.

The 37-year-old Young earned the victory in the first game of the 2015 World Series, working three scoreless innings in relief as the Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings.

Kansas City optioned left-hander Brian Flynn, who was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in five relief appearances, to Triple-A Omaha.

Indians: Brantley unsure when he'll return
CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has no timetable for his return from the shoulder injury that has sidelined him for the second time this season.

Brantley spoke to reporters Saturday for the first time since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 14. He began the season on the DL following surgery for a torn right labrum in November. Brantley hit .231 with seven RBIs in 11 games before being shut down again.

Brantley, who received an anti-inflammatory shot in the shoulder two weeks ago, doesn't think he returned from the surgery too soon. He has been hitting off a tee but isn't sure when he will begin taking swings in the batting cage.

Brantley finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player voting in 2014 when he hit .327 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs. He batted .310 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs last season.

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