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BOS­TON» Yan­kees start­ing pitcher Michael Pineda is mulling over what could be sea­son-end­ing surgery af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a par­tial lig­a­ment tear in his pitch­ing el­bow.

Gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man also said Fri­day that first base­man Greg Bird could re­quire surgery for a right-an­kle is­sue that hasn’t re­sponded to a cor­ti­sone shot.

Pineda was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list for the ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in­jury, and Cash­man said it was the rec­om­men­da­tion of the team for him to un­dergo Tommy John surgery.

But Pineda’s in­tent is to get a sec­ond opin­ion be­fore de­cid­ing whether to un­dergo surgery.

Pineda first com­plained of an el­bow is­sue fol­low­ing an ap­pear­ance prior to the all-star break. His last start was July 5 against Toronto. He lasted just four in­nings in that game out­ing, giv­ing up five runs and nine hits.

Red Sox and San­doval part ways.

BOS­TON» The Red Sox des­ig­nated third base­man Pablo San­doval for as­sign­ment.

The team cut its losses with the one-time San Fran­cisco Gi­ants slug­ger af­ter ac­ti­vat­ing him from the dis­abled list. He had been on an in­jury re­hab as­sign­ment for an in­ner ear in­fec­tion with Triple-A Paw­tucket. The Red Sox have 10 days to trade or re­lease him.

San­doval had won three World Se­ries ti­tles with the Gi­ants be­fore the Red Sox signed him for five years and $95 mil­lion be­fore the 2015 sea­son. He has ap­peared in just 161 games since then, hit­ting .237 with 14 homers.

Na­tion­als put Ross on dis­abled list.

CINCINNATI» The Washington Na­tion­als put right-han­der Joe Ross on the 10-day dis­abled list with a sprained el­bow and re­vamped their bullpen for a se­ries against the Reds.

Ross went 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his last four starts be­fore the in­jury. He’s 5-3 over­all with a 5.01 ERA in 13 starts.

The Na­tion­als also called up re­liev­ers Austin Adams and Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syra­cuse. Left­hander Sammy So­lis was op­tioned to Syra­cuse.


Mike Trout re­turned to the An­gels’ lineup Fri­day, bat­ting third and play­ing cen­ter field as usual when Los An­ge­les came back from the all-star break to face Tampa Bay. … Three mi­nor-lea­guers have been sus­pended for vi­o­la­tions of base­ball’s drug pol­icy. The com­mis­sioner’s of­fice an­nounced that Austin Wright, a left-han­der in the Colorado Rock­ies’ or­ga­ni­za­tion, was sus­pended with­out pay for the rest of the sea­son. Wright tested pos­i­tive for the per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drug Clomiphene, the of­fice said. Wright is on the ros­ter of the Boise Hawks of the Sin­gle-A North­west League but has not pitched for the Hawks this sea­son. Also sus­pended were mi­nor­league free agents Eu­dor Gar­cia and Xavier Turner. Each re­ceived a 100game sus­pen­sion with­out pay for a third pos­i­tive test for a drug of abuse. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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