MLB Headlines

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jonny Venters will not be coming off the disabled list when he is eligible Friday. But after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday, the Braves reliever seemed confident that he could return early next week with the ability to turn around what has been a trying season.

The Reds will have to try to stay in first place in the NL Central without their top hitter. First baseman
Joey Votto has had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks. Votto originally hurt the knee June 29 while sliding into a base. Votto is batting .342 and leads the National League in doubles, walks, on-base percentage and extra-base hits.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have put right-hander Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. The team recalled right-hander Stephen Fife from Triple A-Albuquerque to
start tonight against Philadelphia, which is starting Roy Halladay, who is just off the disabled list.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz says MRI results revealed no tear or rupturing in his Achilles' tendon. Ortiz was wearing a protective boot and was held out of the lineup for Boston's against the Chicago White Sox. The Red Sox say they plan to wait another few days before deciding whether to put him on the disabled list.

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Jose Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist. The All-Star slugger left last night's loss to the New York Yankees after injuring his wrist on swing.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says
Francisco Rodriguez will replace struggling reliever John Axford as the team's closer. Rodriguez had been the eighth-inning setup guy.

Colorado Rockies infielder Chris Nelson is remaining hospitalized for observation after undergoing treatment for an irregular heartbeat. He's on the 15-day DL.

The Padres say right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Wieland has been on the disabled list since May 10 with the injury and is expected to have the operation within a few weeks.

New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee says he could pitch again this season after surgery to repair an artery in his throwing arm. Gee says he could be cleared to throw within six weeks. He doesn't believe it will take long to regain his strength after
that. After Gee complained of numb fingers, tests revealed a bloodclot in his shoulder.

Pete Rose is on deck for his own reality television show. Entertainment Weekly reports that TLC is working on a show following Rose and his wife, model Kiana Kim. Rose is baseball's all-time hit king but has been banned from baseball for betting on

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