Marte out while Liriano set to return

ST. LOUIS – The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Starling Marte on the bereavement list and slotted Francisco Liriano’s return to the rotation for Sunday, the last game before the All-Star break.

The Pirates selected first baseman Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis before Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals and designated minor league pitcher Duke Welker for assignment. Hague has 13 homers in the minors this year.

Josh Harrison started in left field in place of Marte and batted second against the Cardinals. Marte was batting .256 with five homers, 32 RBIs and 21 steals. Harrison entered as a career .348 hitter at Busch Stadium.

Liriano, 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA, has been sidelined since June 11 with a left oblique strain. He made one minor league rehab start, working six scoreless innings on Monday.

The Pirates placed Gerrit Cole on the DL prior to the game and recalled Brandon Cumpton to start against St. Louis.

Welker was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and two saves at Indianapolis before undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. He was a second-round draft pick of the Pirates in 2007.

Yanks’ star on DL

CLEVELAND – The New York Yankees’ battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all.

Rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. He had an MRI in New York on Tuesday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi admitted he’s concerned about Tanaka’s prognosis.

“You’re always worried when you have a guy go back for an elbow MRI,” he said. “It would be a big loss. Anytime you lose a starting pitcher, they’re hard to replace. And what he’s done for us, the innings and the wins and the quality of starts, it’s hard to replace.”

The Yankees, who have also lost pitchers CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova to injuries, are 45-44 and trail first-place Baltimore by four games in the AL East entering Wednesday.

Girardi said no decision has been made on who will take Tanaka’s spot.

Judge makes ruling

LOS ANGELES – A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit on Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn’t provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.

Bryan Stow’s father said his son probably wouldn’t understand the details of the settlement that will give him $15 million from the Dodgers “but Bryan will know that he got some help today.”

“He’s not going to be 100 percent, maybe for a long time, maybe never. What he gets is going to help him through now, and that’s what he needs,” Dave Stow said.

The jury delivered its verdict in a Los Angeles courtroom after weeks of testimony about the assault after the opening day game in 2011 between the rival teams.

Stow, 45, was left with disabling brain damage and became a symbol of violence at sporting events. He was in the courtroom for part of the trial, his wheelchair positioned front and center so jurors could see the ghastly scars on his head where his skull was temporarily removed during medical efforts to save his life.

Experts testified that the former Northern California paramedic Stow will never work again and has suffered repeated strokes and seizures. They said he will require round-the-clock care.

Lawyers for Stow claimed the team and former owner Frank McCourt failed to provide adequate security. In split decisions, jurors found that the Dodgers were negligent but absolved McCourt. In civil cases, only nine of 12 jurors must agree on the verdict.

The Dodgers “did have a (security) plan but somewhere along the line that plan broke.”