The Atlanta Braves placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a bruised left leg and recalled catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Jones is hitting .307 with five homers and 24 RBI in his final season. He will retire after the season. The loss of Jones could be a key blow to the Braves’ hopes of remaining close in the National League East. The Braves are 19-5 when Jones starts and 7-16 in games he doesn’t, including five consecutive losses before Saturday’s game.
Boscan, who was hitting .192 with two homers at Gwinnett, started Saturday against the Washington Nationals.
Jones, 40, missed seven consecutive starts before landing on the disabled list. He had a ground ball hit his leg on May 18 in Tampa Bay. Jones had the hematoma drained Saturday morning.
Montero signs $60 million deal
The possibility of losing Miguel Montero to free agency and the lack of an alternative that would bring in anyone of comparable ability led the Arizona Diamondbacks to agree to pay the catcher $60 million from 2013-17s. Montero signed the contract and said at a news conference that he never wanted to leave the organization that he has been a part of since agreeing to a $13,000 deal 11 years ago.
Liriano back in rotation
Francisco Liriano is getting another shot in the Minnesota Twins’ muddled starting rotation.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that the left-hander is moving out of the bullpen and will start Wednesday against Oakland. Liriano was demoted to the bullpen May 9 after going 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts.
The Twins need the lefty in the rotation to take the place of Anthony Swarzak, who gave up six runs in 3? innings Friday night against Detroit.
Cards send down Salas
The St. Louis Cardinals optioned struggling reliever Fernando Salas, their closer much of last season, to Triple-A Memphis, and recalled pitcher Chuckie Fick, 26.
League loses closer’s role
Brandon League has lost his job as the Seattle Mariners closer after blowing three of his last five save opportunities. Manager Eric Wedge said that he will give League opportunities outside of the closer job.