Wounded Bucs lose Martin
ST. LOUIS – The Pittsburgh Pirates placed catcher Russell Martin on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and were successful in a second attempt at putting closer Jason Grilli on the DL with a left oblique strain.
Martin was injured in the sixth inning of Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Cardinals. He complained about hip pain and was sent back to Pittsburgh for an MRI exam Saturday to see if the two ailments are connected.
On Friday, the Pirates tried to place Grilli on the DL, backdate the move to April 21 and recall right-hander Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis. The request was denied because of a procedural error.
Catcher Tony Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and was in the lineup batting eighth.
Brewers starter hurt by teammate
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura left Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs after the top of the first inning with an apparent head injury.
A television replay showed Segura apparently getting hit accidentally on the right side of his head with a bat being swung by teammate Ryan Braun, who was facing the field and warming up on the dugout steps while Segura was starting to come up the steps behind him. Segura had to be helped to the clubhouse.
Segura was in the second spot in the order and played defense before Jeff Bianchi pinch hit for him in the bottom of the first. Bianchi stayed in the game at short.
Segura was hitting .239 with a homer and five RBIs.
Orioles slugger injured
BALTIMORE – Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was held out of Saturday’s game against Kansas City with a strained left oblique, but the slugger expects to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Davis left Friday night’s game against Kansas City after four innings. He received an MRI and treatment Saturday and said he felt much better.
Asked if expected to stay off the 15-day DL, Davis replied, “Oh, yeah. As sore as I was yesterday, I don’t think it was a DL thing.”
Nick Markakis was in the starting lineup at first base Saturday. The Orioles recalled infielder Jemile Weeks from Triple-A Norfolk to provide an extra bat after optioning reliever T.J. McFarland to Norfolk late Friday night.
Davis led the majors last season with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs.
Pine tar rule will wait
NEW YORK – Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport will wait until after the season to study whether the rule preventing pitchers from using pine tar should be changed.
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday, a day after umpires found pine tar on his neck during a game against Boston. Pineda said he was trying to get a better grip on balls on a cool night, and pitchers say they suspect pine tar use may be routine – although usually discreet.
Baseball rules prohibit pitchers from using foreign substances.
“When the year is over, we ought to look at all this,” Selig told the Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday.