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MLB notebook — Aug. 18

Associated Press

Having both come back from scary head injuries, J.A. Happ and Alex Cobb got together at the stadium where they both got hurt.

They had texted each other since getting hurt, but on Sunday met reporters before Toronto played at Tampa Bay.

“I think the key thing is we were both able to come back,” said Happ, who allowed two runs over 5⅓ innings in his return to Tropicana Field on Saturday night, a 6-2 victory for the Blue Jays.

It was Happ’s third start since returning from the disabled list. He suffered a skull fracture and sprained right knee when he fell to the ground after getting hit with a liner by Desmond Jennings on May 7.

Cobb made his first big-league start Thursday night in two months, giving up one run over five innings in the Rays’ 7-1 victory over Seattle.

The right-hander sustained a concussion after being struck on the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15.

“Not too many people know what you’re going through on a personal level,” Cobb said.

“I think both of us, when we got back out there, it was kind of a normal feeling.”

Castro back in Cubs’ lineup

Starlin Castro returned to the Cubs’ lineup a day after being pulled for making a bonehead mistake the day before.

Manager Dale Sveum says Castro had atoned for his gaffe. On Saturday, the shortstop dawdled after catching a popup in shallow left field, allowing a run to score and Sveum immediately removed Castro from the game.

The 23-year-old infielder, one of the Cubs’ most touted young players, has looked lost for much of this season. He entered Sunday hitting .244 with seven homers and 32 RBI, and was 0-for-16 in his last five games. He has only one error in his last 47 games.

Mets put Mejia on disabled list

The New York Mets placed right-hander Jenrry Mejia on the 15-day disabled list after he had to leave Saturday’s start because he experienced pain in his surgically repaired elbow.

Mejia (1-2), who has 27 strikeouts and four walks in five starts over 27⅓ innings this year, has been pitching with a bone spur in his elbow, and it had previously been determined that he would undergo offseason surgery. He had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2011.

The Mets recalled reliever Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas.


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