MLB roundup: Twins' Mauer goes on DL
The Minnesota Twins placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced Wednesday.
Mauer, 31, suffered the injury in the fourth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Mauer, who has hit safely in 12 straight games, is hitting .271 with 17 doubles, two homers and 28 RBIs in 76 games this season.
To take the place of Mauer on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester.
- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was out of Wednesday's lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays after having fluid drained from his sore left knee.
The Yankees don't believe Teixeira will miss Thursday's game in Minnesota, according to manager Joe Girardi.
Teixeira leads the Yankees with 15 home runs but has missed 21 games this season. He sat out two weeks in April with a hamstring injury after spending most of last year on the disabled list.
- San Diego Padres outfielder Seth Smith, who could have opted for free agency at the end of the season, signed a two-year contract extension from the Padres.
Smith will make $6 million in 2015 and $6.75 in 2016 with a club option of $7 million for 2017 against a $250,000 buyout.
Shortstop Everth Cabrera went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Infielder Brooks Conrad was promoted from Triple-A El Paso and left-hander Troy Patton was transferred to the 60-day DL to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
- Houston Astros right-hander Anthony Bass was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. Bass was placed on the DL on May 11 with a right intercostal strain and made three scoreless rehab appearances for Class A Quad Cities, recording six strikeouts in four innings.
The Astros optioned left-hander Kevin Chapman to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
- Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton will complete a bullpen session of 45-50 pitches on Friday in Chicago. Paxton, transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL on June 9, completed a 35-pitch session on Monday in Houston as he works his way back from a left lat strain.
- The Colorado Rockies traded Double-A first baseman Harold Riggins on Wednesday to the Cincinnati Reds for Triple-A pitcher Jair Jurrjens.
Jurrjens was 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA in six games for Triple-A Louisville. Riggins was hitting .263 with seven homers for Double-A Tulsa of the Texas League.
Jurrjens pitched in two games last year for Baltimore and also has pitched for the Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves.
- The Astros agreed to terms with three international free agents: right-hander Franklin Perez, shortstop Miguelangel Sierra and catcher Brandon Benavente.
The Venezuelans, all 16 years old, will report to the Astros' complex in the Dominican Republic but will not appear in games until the 2015 calendar year.
- The Kansas City Royals optioned right-hander Michael Mariot back to Triple-A Omaha and recalled right-hander Casey Coleman.