The Chicago Cubs on Thursday sent outfielder Kyle Schwarber to triple-A Iowa and put outfielder Jason Heyward on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Monday.

Heyward has an abrasion on his left hand.

Schwarber, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft, is batting .171 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs in 64 games.

He made his major league debut in 2015 and hit .246 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs in 69 games.

Schwarber sat out most of last season because of a leg injury.


Catcher Stephen Vogt was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics, who put rookie infielder Matt Chapman on the DL because of an infection in his left knee that kept him out of three games in a row. Vogt hit .217 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games. …

A person familiar with the negotiations said that former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter told the Miami Marlins he still doesn’t have the necessary money to buy the team but is close. The person described the status of the Marlins sale talks to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t discussing the negotiations publicly.

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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman plans to move to third base to keep Matt Adams’ bat in the lineup.

Freeman was leading the National League with 14 home runs when his left wrist was broken by a pitch from Toronto’s Aaron Loup on May 17. Freeman was expected to miss about 10 weeks. He said Wednesday he hopes to return on July 14.

Despite not playing at third base since he was at El Modena High, Freeman said: “I’m 100% go on it. My mind-set is coming back as a third baseman.”

Since coming to Atlanta in a trade with St. Louis on May 20, Adams has hit .296 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs.


Addison Russell’s wife filed for divorce nearly two weeks after the Chicago Cubs shortstop was accused of hitting her. Melisa Reidy-Russell, according to attorney Thomas T. Field, has decided not to talk with Major League Baseball about its ongoing review because it’s not in the best interest of her family. … Cleveland and Minnesota will play two games in San Juan in April, the first regular-season games in Puerto Rico since 2010. Last year, concerns about the Zika virus prompted MLB to move a series between Pittsburgh and Miami out of Puerto Rico. Those game were played in Miami.

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Pitcher Hunter Strickland of the San Francisco Giants began serving a six-game suspension for brawling with Bryce Harper after his appeal was denied by Major League Baseball.

The penalty stemmed from a May 29 benches-clearing incident between the Giants and Washington Nationals. Strickland plunked Harper on the right hip with a 98-mph fastball, igniting an eighth-inning fight that ended with Strickland being dragged to the Giants dugout by several teammates.

Harper was suspended for four games, which was reduced to three games after his appeal. He has already served the penalty.


Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a broken bone in his right wrist, an injury that will keep him sidelined four to six weeks. …

The Cincinnati Reds put Bronson Arroyo on the 10-day DL because of a strained right shoulder, one day after the 40-year-old right-hander said there is a possibility his career might be over. Cincinnati also put shortstop Zack Cozart on the 10-day DL because of a strained right quadriceps. …

The Kansas City Royals and former Huntington Beach High first baseman Nick Pratto agreed to a contract that includes a $3.45-million signing bonus. Pratto was the 14th pick in the draft last week. …

Infielder Gleyber Torres, the New York Yankees’ top prospect, has a torn ligament in his non-throwing elbow and will have Tommy John surgery that is expected to sideline him until spring training.

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Closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the disabled list Sunday by the New York Yankees and worked a perfect eighth inning in the club’s 4-3 loss at Oakland.

The left-hander had been out since May 13 because of inflammation in the rotator cuff.

“Once I got out there, everything felt good and felt normal,” said Chapman, who had concerns about being rusty.

Arenado completes cycle in dramatic fashion

With one dramatic swing, Nolan Arenado gave the Colorado Rockies a thrilling victory and finished off his rare feat at the plate.

Arenado completed the cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Rockies stunned the San Francisco Giants by rallying for a 7-5 win Sunday.

Arenado hit the first pitch he saw from All-Star closer Mark Melancon (1-2) into the left-field seats to cap a four-game sweep. The slugger was mobbed at home plate by teammates, with a frenzied sellout crowd chanting “MVP! MVP!”


Since Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon moved Anthony Rizzo to the leadoff spot Tuesday, the first baseman is hitting .409 with three home runs and two doubles in five games. …

The consecutive home runs hit by Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison against the Detroit Tigers was Tampa Bay’s ninth set of back-to-back homers, tying a franchise record set in 2007 and tied in 2008. …

The Seattle Mariners have used 29 pitchers, the most in the majors. …

With a 10-inning 5-4 victory at Philadelphia, the Arizona Diamondbacks improved to 44-26, the best 70-game start in team history. …

Blue-stitched balls were used in the major leagues to commemorate Father’s Day.

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The Minnesota Twins on Saturday signed Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in last week’s amateur draft, giving the shortstop from San Juan Capistrano JSerra High a $6,725,000 bonus that’s the largest for a high school player since the new compensation system began five years ago.

“This is every boy’s dream,” Lewis said at a news conference at Target Field held between games of a doubleheader. He will start his pro career with Fort Myers of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.


Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was released from the hospital after suffering from a rapid heartbeat, dizziness and cold sweats. Martinez first experienced the symptoms late in Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay and was hospitalized for two days, undergoing tests. . . .

Texas placed right-handed starter Andrew Cashner on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. . . .

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis’ oblique strain is expected to keep him out until after the All-Star break.

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A look at what’s trending around Major League Baseball:

Three up

Aaron Judge: It’s not unusual for New York Yankees fans to assert themselves in Anaheim; ask anyone who was an Angels fan before 2002. But it is odd to hear Angel Stadium rocking with “M-V-P” chants for anyone other than Mike Trout. They were chanting last week for Judge, who has personified the phrase “speak softly and carry a big stick.” Judge leads the major leagues in home runs — including one that traveled an estimated 495 feet — and jersey sales. He’s batting .339. The Yankees already have dubbed a section of their stadium as “The Judge’s Chambers,” complete with gavels and robes for their fans. They’ll surely be out in force for the rookie at the home run derby.

Mike Moustakas: The Angels are celebrating “Christmas in June” at Angel Stadium this weekend, and they ought to make a wish to find the opposing third baseman under their tree come December. Moustakas, a free agent this fall, would be a perfect fit — strong on defense, as General Manager Billy Eppler emphasizes, a left-handed power bat to join Kole Calhoun in balancing the right-handed Trout and Albert Pujols, a modest strikeout rate, and a hometown guy from Chatsworth High. He’ll be 29 in September, and he’s batting .282. When his Kansas City Royals arrived in Anaheim this week, he had 18 home runs, tied for third in the majors and four shy of his career high.

Graham slam: That’s a flavor of ice cream — basically, s’mores in a cone. It’s a beloved staple of Philadelphia Phillies games. So, when Turkey Hill Dairy tweeted that its Graham Slam flavor would be “discontinued due to a lack of sales,” there was an uproar at Citizens Bank Park. No more Chase Utley, no more Jimmy Rollins or Ryan Howard, no more Cole Hamels or Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee — and now, no more Graham Slam? What next, no more cheesesteaks? Fortunately, Turkey Hill clarified that, although supermarket sales of the flavor were being halted, Graham Slam would remain available at the ballpark. The Phillies have the worst record in the majors, on pace for a third consecutive 90-loss season. There is only so much indignity that a loyal fan base can be asked to endure.

Three down

AL West call to arms: The Houston Astros are threatening to run away with the division, but now four of their top five starters are on the DL: Dallas McKeuchel and Lance McCullers, who rank first and fourth in the league in earned-run average, Collin McHugh and Charlie Morton. The Seattle Mariners last month had their top four on the DL; James Paxton is back, but Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly still are there. Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs are on the DL in Anaheim, as is Cole Hamels in Texas. The lesson is there for the Oakland Athletics to learn: Hurry, trade ace Sonny Gray (three DL trips in last 13 months) before he gets hurt again.

Blame game: The Golden State Warriors were parading down the streets of Oakland on Thursday, about the same time the Athletics took to Twitter to announce they had fired pitching coach Curt Young. The A’s entered play Thursday ranked 25th among the 30 teams in earned-run average. So the pitching hasn’t been good. Where did the A’s rank in runs scored? Um … 25th. The A’s are on pace to lose 90 games for a third consecutive season. On Thursday, they also called up power-hitting prospect Matt Chapman, 24, a third baseman from Cal State Fullerton. Franklin Barreto, 21, the shortstop who was the prize return in the Josh Donaldson trade, could be the next prospect up. Consolation? They have a better record than the cross-Bay San Francisco Giants, who were supposed to be good.

Revisionist history: The Washington Nationals last week saluted first baseman Ryan Zimmerman for tying Vladimir Guerrero for the most home runs in franchise history, with 234. Congratulations to Zimmerman, but sacre bleu! Yes, the Montreal Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals. But, if the Nats really are about honoring that franchise history, they would retire Gary Carter’s No. 8, not slap it on the back of rookie outfielder Brian Goodwin. Zimmerman needs three home runs to tie Frank Howard’s mark for most home runs by a player in a Washington uniform. That comes across as a more organic milestone, even if Howard’s teams were called the Senators.


Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

Tuesday through Thursday at Coors Field

The two teams trying to dethrone the Dodgers atop the NL West meet six times in the next two weeks — three games this week in Colorado, three more next week in Arizona. Could all three make the playoffs? At this rate, sure, because through Friday only five NL teams have winning records — the East-leading Nationals, Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, and the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Rockies. The next-closest team is eight games back in the wild-card race. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt leads the league in runs scored; teammate Jake Lamb leads in RBIs. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado rank 1-2 in extra-base hits. And, if you buy the Baseball Reference version of wins above replacement (WAR), Arizona’s Robbie Ray (7-3, 2.62 ERA) has been more valuable this season than Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.23). Rockies rookie Antonio Senzatela’s ERA has risen from 2.81 in April and 4.11 in May to 6.61 in June, but he’s tied with Kershaw for the league lead in victories.

Twitter: @BillShaikin

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will be sidelined for several weeks with a stress injury to the scapula bone in the right shoulder, the latest setback to a career already slowed by Tommy John surgery and a thoracic outlet syndrome operation.

The Mets also put second baseman Neil Walker on the 10-day disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Harvey is expected to go on the DL Friday. The Mets said that Harvey and Walker are expected to miss “several weeks.”

Harvey had a platelet-rich plasma injection Thursday, a day after his fastball averaged 91.8 mph against the Chicago Cubs, down from 94-96.5 mph in his previous starts this season.


New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has a left hamstring strain that could sideline him for at least four weeks. … Pitching coach Curt Young was fired by the Oakland Athletics and bullpen coach Scott Emerson was promoted. … Boston Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg will have season-ending right shoulder surgery.

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First baseman Chris Davis was put on the DL by the Baltimore Orioles because of a strained right oblique.

Davis left Baltimore’s loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday in the third inning. He is batting .226 with 14 homers and 26 RBIs.

Sabathia suffers hamstring sprain

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was diagnosed with Grade 2 left hamstring strain Wednesday and could be out at least four weeks.

The Yankees have not put Sabathia on the disabled list. He was injured pushing off the mound Tuesday against the Angels.

Sabathia has a 0.99 ERA in his last six starts.

Shields is set to return

James Shields is ready to return to the White Sox rotation.

The right-hander is scheduled to start Sunday at Toronto after being sidelined the last two months because of a strained right back muscle. He is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts.

Braves’ Garcia sidelined

Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia is expected to be sidelined two months after having surgery Monday for ligament damage in his left ring finger.

Garcia, who was put on the DL on June 7, was injured while taking a swing. He is hitting .247 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig received a one-game suspension for making an obscene gesture toward fans during Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Puig chose to appeal the suspension, and was in the lineup on Wednesday. The punishment also included an undisclosed fine.

Puig flashed two middle fingers toward fans behind the plate after hitting a home run. He said afterward that four people were heckling him before and after the at-bat.

Puig expressed contrition for having “stooped to their level,” he said on Tuesday night.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke with Puig before Wednesday’s game.

“It was something that he wishes didn’t happen,” Roberts said. “It was a reaction of emotion on his part. Bad judgment. I just made it clear that I want to talk about all our players in the context of what they do on the field, not off the field.

“He understood how I felt. It won’t happen again.”

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The New York Mets have placed Asdrubal Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain, a day after the shortstop hit two home runs in a victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The Mets announced the move Tuesday before a game against the Cubs.

Cabrera initially injured the thumb last month while diving for a grounder and did a stint on the DL to let it heal. He hit .222 with three home runs and six RBIs in 16 games after returning on May 25.

The thumb felt better until last Saturday, when the switch-hitting Cabrera aggravated it with a right-handed swing against Atlanta. Cabrera hit both his home runs from the left side Monday, and has bunted multiple times from the right side since Saturday because “it’s a lot of pain when I swing the bat.”

Manager Terry Collins anticipates facing six or seven left-handed starting pitchers over the next 11 days, and so he’s decided to give Cabrera a rest during that time.

The team had yet to determine Tuesday if Cabrera would get a shot in the thumb. Cabrera expects to return in 10 days.

The DL stint comes after a big game for the infielder, who hit two homers and helped turn four double plays Monday in a 6-1 win.

Yoenis Cespedes was in the lineup for New York on Tuesday after being lifted from Monday’s game with a sore left heel. The slugging outfielder returned Saturday after spending six weeks on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Cespedes said after Monday’s game that he wasn’t concerned because the heel has bothered him for years. Cespedes told Collins he was ready to play when he arrived Tuesday.

Outfielder Michael Conforto was given another day off Tuesday. He was scratched Monday with a stiff back. He took swings during Monday’s game, but did not feel 100 percent.

New York recalled infielder T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill in for Cabrera, leaving red-hot shortstop prospect Amed Rosario with the 51s. The 21-year-old Rosario entered Tuesday batting .337 with six homers, 43 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. The Mets did not discuss calling up Rosario with Collins, the manager said.


The Minnesota Twins recalled right-hander Ryan Pressly from triple-A Rochester, the latest change in their chewed-up bullpen, which has a majors-worst 5.55 ERA. … Milwaukee infielder Travis Shaw and pitcher Matt Garza were reinstated before Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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