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Indians’ Abreu suspended 3 games NOTES

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Cleveland pitcher Winston Abreu has been suspended for three games for plunking a Seattle hitter over the weekend.

Indians manager Eric Wedge was penalized one game. Wedge was to sit out Monday night when Cleveland played at the Los Angeles Angels. Bench coach Jeff Datz was set to manage the team in Wedge’s place.

Abreu will not appeal and began serving his suspension Monday night. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Abreu was penalized for hitting Jack Hannahan in the shoulder during the ninth inning of the Indians’ 10-3 win at Seattle on Saturday night. Umpires had warned the teams about hitting opposing batters.

Major League Baseball also fined Seattle pitcher Chris Jakubauskas for throwing at Cleveland’s Ben Francisco earlier in the game.


MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins, locked in a tight division race, will be without Kevin Slowey the rest of the season.

Slowey (10-3) will have season-ending surgery to fix a bone chip in his right wrist. The operation requires two to four months of rehab and recovery, Slowey said before Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Slowey said the bone chip was aggravated when he was hit by a line drive last September. He pitched with the injury until July 3, when he left a start after three innings. He went on the disabled list the next day.

“I think there’s some peace of mind knowing that we’re going to get something done, but at the same time you never really want to get surgery because you never really know how you’re going to come out of it,” Slowey said.


CINCINNATI — Shoulder problems landed outfielder Chris Dickerson and fifth starter Micah Owings on the 15-day disabled list Monday, two more blows to a Cincinnati Reds team fading from contention.

The Reds put Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list with what they described as a bruised right shoulder. Dickerson landed hard when he tried to make a diving catch during a 5-2 loss in Chicago on Sunday, the Reds’ sixth in a row.

Dickerson, who is left-handed, said tests found a small tear in the right shoulder.

“It’s my non-throwing arm, so I won’t have to have surgery,” said Dickerson, who had surgery on his left ankle last year. “I’ve been down that road already.”

Dickerson is batting .259 with two homers. He has started 51 games in the outfield.

Owings started Sunday’s game and left after three innings with a stiff shoulder. The right-hander is 6-11 and is one of the Reds’ top pinch hitters, batting .229 with three homers.

Owings had a sore right shoulder at the end of last season, when the Reds got him from Arizona to complete the trade for Adam Dunn. Manager Dusty Baker said the problems Sunday weren’t related.

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