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MLB notebook — July 20

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The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Rafael Betancourt on the disabled list after the closer had his appendix removed Friday night.

The team recalled righty Mitchell Boggs from Double-A Tulsa on Saturday to take Betancourt’s place in the bullpen.

Betancourt, who pitched for the Indians in his first seven seasons in the majors, was feeling ill Friday afternoon and was sent to a medical center. He was then moved to a hospital where he underwent an emergency appendectomy. He is expected to miss up to three weeks.

Betancourt is 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA and 15 saves in 16 chances in 28 games this season.

Boggs was acquired on July 9 from the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom he was 0-3 with an 11.50 ERA in 15 games.

Cards give Holliday extra rest

The St. Louis Cardinals are making the best of the All-Star break with outfielder Matt Holliday, who they believe just needs a little more time to recover from a strained hamstring. Holliday was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, retroactive to July 12. The No. 3 hitter had already missed four games after getting hurt running to first on July 11 at Chicago.

“It was that missing 10-20 percent where he still felt a little something,” manager Mike Matheny said.

The team purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson, a Pacific Coast League All-Star at Triple-A Memphis.

Around the leagues

The New York Yankees put outfielder Zoilo Almonte on the 15-day DL because of a sprained left ankle designated shortstop Alberto Gonzalez for assignment. The Yankees brought up outfielders Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … The Boston Red Sox activated shortstop Stephen Drew from the disabled list and optioned third baseman Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket before a game against the New York Yankees. Drew, hitting .233 with five homers and 31 RBI, missed 16 games because of a strained right hamstring. … Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that Ross Detwiler didn’t complete a full bullpen session and will miss at least two more starts while dealing with a lower back strain.


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