Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, making his first major-league start since elbow surgery, left Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a strained right biceps. Lackey uncorked an errant pitch in the fifth inning, missing low and inside to Jose Reyes on a 2-2 count. The right-hander clutched his arm, jumping around the mound in pain.
The severity of the injury was not known. Lackey was pitching for the first time since Sept. 25, 2011. He sat out last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Dodgers unload Harang
The Los Angeles Dodgers traded pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez and cash. General Manager Ned Colletti said the deal gives the Dodgers another backup at catcher behind starter A.J. Ellis. Colorado immediately designated Harang for assignment. Hernandez has a career average of .264 with 166 homers, 751 RBI and 1,335 hits during his 14-year career.
Bartolo Colon reinstated
The Oakland Athletics reinstated pitcher Bartolo Colon from the suspended list for Saturday night’s game against the Houston Astros.
It was his first appearance since receiving a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test Aug. 22. The ban stretched into the first five games this season.
Fans jeer Hamilton’s wife
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says his wife, Katie, had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his ex- team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family.
The All-Star slugger said the comments were “inappropriate with kids around.”
Orioles pitcher suspended
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Daniel McCutchen was suspended for 50 games under baseball’s minor-league drug program following a positive test for Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone.
He made one appearance this season for Triple-A Norfolk of the International League.
Card sells for $2.1 million
A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for more than $2.1 million at auction in West Berlin, N.J. The T206 card, originally released by the American Tobacco Co., went for $2,105,770 in an online sale, Goldin Auctions said.
Around the leagues
The New York Yankees activated pitcher Phil Hughes from the disabled list to start against the Detroit Tigers and sent right-handed reliever Cody Eppley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the lineup against Boston for a second day because of a sore right ankle, while right-hander Dave Bush was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was designated for assignment. ... The Baltimore Orioles activated right-hander Chris Tillman from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk. Tillman was placed on the DL on March 28 with an abdominal strain. ... Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was out of the lineup against the Chicago Cubs with a sprained left thumb. ... The Houston Astros recalled left-hander Dallas Keuchel from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed left-hander Travis Blackley on the 15-day disabled list. Blackley, who was acquired from Oakland on Thursday, strained his left shoulder in a bullpen session.