Carlos Gonzalez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because the All-Star left fielder has seen little improvement in his sprained right middle finger.
The move was made Wednesday and is retroactive to Monday. To fill the roster spot, Jeff Francis was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He will work out of the bullpen.
Gonzalez has been bothered by the finger since hurting it during an at-bat July 7. He has started only one of Colorado’s five games this month.
Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies tried to avoid the move as long as they could, but Gonzalez has aggravated the injury several times swinging the bat.
Gonzalez leads the NL with a .591 slugging percentage and is second with 26 homers.
Former star Parker has disease
Seven-time major league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
Parker told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2012. Parker’s condition was first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder that gradually takes a toll on the nervous system. The 62-year-old Parker said he is able to get by without medication at this point and relies on a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, including at least an hour a day on his bicycle.
Parker hit 339 home runs during a 19-year career with five teams, most notably the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tigers cut closer Valverde
The Detroit Tigers have cut ties with closer Jose Valverde, maybe this time for good.
The club released the colorful Valverde from his contract with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, ending a stay that included several highs and lows.
The peak of Valverde’s time in Detroit came in 2011 when he was 49 for 49 in save chances. He saved 35 games last season, but faltered in the playoffs and became a free agent.
Boston reliever Thornton hurt
Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
The 36-year-old Thornton was injured on Sunday and his stint on the DL is retroactive to Monday. The left-hander, who was acquired last month in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, is 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 appearances with Boston.
Braves: Tweet ‘inappropriate’
Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren says a tweet from the team directed at Bryce Harper was “an inappropriate attempt at humor.”
The Braves’ official Twitter account posted “Clown move bro” after the Washington Nationals slugger was angered over being drilled in the leg by Julio Teheran on Tuesday night. It was a reference to Harper’s famous retort to a reporter, “That’s a clown question, bro.”
Harper had homered in his previous at-bat. After he was hit, both benched and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.