AL CEN­TRAL

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - AL CENTRAL - News and notes by John Per­rotto Con­tribut­ing: Wire re­ports

Chicago White Sox

Yoan Mon­cada was placed on the dis­abled list and ad­vised to rest for seven days af­ter suf­fer­ing a bone bruise in his right shin Aug. 24.

The rookie sec­ond base­man, con­sid­ered one of base­ball’s top prospects, missed two games ear­lier in the month be­cause of shin splints. He ag­gra­vated the in­jury when he stepped on third base awk­wardly in a win against the Min­nesota Twins.

“No one likes to be on the DL,” Mon­cada said. “You know what? I can’t do any­thing about it. This is the best (move) for me. I have to rest.”

Yolmer Sanchez took over as the sec­ond base­man. He was the reg­u­lar at the po­si­tion un­til Mon­cada was called up July 19 from Class AAA Char­lotte.

Mon­cada has hit .188 with three home runs in 30 games.

In­fielder- out­fielder Nicky Del­monico (sprained right wrist) was placed on the DL on Aug. 26 af­ter wak­ing up with sore­ness, and there was no im­me­di­ate timetable for his re­turn. Del­monico reached base in 21 of his first 22 ca­reer ma­jor league games af­ter be­ing called up from Char­lotte on Aug. 1 and was hit­ting .307 with six homers.

Third base­man Matt David­son (right wrist bruise) was ac­ti­vated from the DL on Aug. 26 and had three hits, in­clud­ing a three­run homer, in his first two games. He had been out since Aug. 1.

Cleveland In­di­ans

An­drew Miller is hope­ful rest will help his right knee ten­dini­tis.

The All-Star left-handed re­liever was placed on the dis­abled list for the sec­ond time in three weeks Aug. 22 and was shut down from throw­ing for a week. Miller, who also sat out from Aug. 2-18, ex­pects to have a more def­i­nite timetable for a re­turn when he re­sumes throw­ing.

Miller re­ceived mul­ti­ple opin­ions, in­clud­ing one from Cleveland Cava­liers head physi­cian Richard Parker be­cause his in­jury is more com­mon in­bas­ket­ball play­ers. Miller also re­ceived a lu­bri­cant in­jec­tion.

“I think we’ve got a good grasp on it,” Miller said. “It takes a lit­tle bit of time, but we know what we are go­ing af­ter now.”

Sec­ond base­man Ja­son Kip­nis (right ham­string) is out in­def­i­nitely af­ter be­ing placed on the DL on Aug. 23. Jose Ramirez shifted to sec­ond base from third base to fill in for Kip­nis, who also sat out from July 9 to Aug. 5 with the same in­jury, and Gio­vanny Ur­shela was play­ing third.

Right- han­der Josh Tom­lin (left ham­string) was ex­pected to be ac­ti­vated from the DL on Aug. 30 and make a road start vs. the New York Yan­kees. Out since July 31, Tom­lin would take the ro­ta­tion spot of right-han­der

Danny Salazar (el­bow), who went on the DL on Aug. 21.

De­troit Tigers

Miguel Cabr­era was one of three Tigers sus­pended a day af­ter a vic­tory against the New York Yan­kees on Aug. 24 that in­cluded three benches-clear­ing in­ci­dents and eight ejec­tions. He got the big­gest penalty and wasn’t happy.

The first base­man was sus­pended for seven games, and he im­me­di­ately ap­pealed. Cabr­era pushed Yan­kees catcher Austin Romine at home plate af­ter a close pitch from re­liever Tommy Kahnle to spark the big­gest fight of the day.

Cabr­era was up­set that Yan­kees catcher Gary Sanchez’s sus­pen­sion was only four games and that right fielder Aaron Judge did not re­ceive any penalty.

“There was a lot of peo­ple go­ing af­ter me over there, and I got a sus­pen­sion,” Cabr­era said. “I’m not sur­prised. They’re MLB, they do what­ever they want, and they have to con­trol this sit­u­a­tion. But be fair. See the video, see the peo­ple who throw punches, see the peo­ple who were af­ter me when I was on the floor. That’s it.”

Re­liever Alex Wil­son and man­ager Brad Aus­mus were sus­pended for one game each.

Cabr­era left an Aug. 28 game against the Colorado Rock­ies be­cause of lower-back tight­ness.

Third base­man Ni­cholas Castel­lano (sprained left wrist) was hurt in the brawl. He missed two games, then re­turned to the lineup Aug. 27, but as the DH.

DH Vic­tor Martinez (ir­reg- ular heart­beat) was placed on the DL on Aug. 27. He also sat out be­cause of the con­di­tion from June 16-28.

Kansas City Roy­als

As if get­ting swept with­out scor­ing a run in a three-game se­ries against the di­vi­sion-lead­ing In­di­ans wasn’t enough, the Roy­als also lost their ace pitcher.

Left-han­der Danny Duffy (left el­bow im­pinge­ment) was placed on the dis­abled list Aug. 26 and flew back to Kansas City for an MRI. No struc­tural dam­age was found, and the Roy­als hope Duffy might be able to re­turn to the ro­ta­tion Sept. 2 at the Min­nesota Twins.

Duffy felt pain in his el­bow af­ter al­low­ing two runs in six in­nings in a win against the Colorado Rock­ies on Aug. 22.

“Any­thing that was con­cern­ing, we would have shut him down right from the get-go,” man­ager

Ned Yost said. “It got to the point where we needed to take a pause. He just pitched one of the best games he’s pitched in a cou­ple of weeks.”

Rookie left-han­der Eric Skoglund stepped in for Duffy on Aug. 27 and was rocked for seven runs in 11⁄ in­nings by the In­di­ans. 3 That raised the 24-year-old’s ERA to 10.64 through four starts.

Catcher Sal­vador Perez (right in­ter­costal strain) strug­gled af­ter his ac­ti­va­tion from the DL on Aug. 22, go­ing 3-for-15 (.200) with seven strike­outs in his first four games. The five-time All-Star was side­lined for 15 games.

Min­nesota Twins

The Twins will have to pur­sue their first post­sea­son berth since 2011 with­out Miguel Sano for an in­def­i­nite amount of time.

The third base­man was hope­ful of in­creas­ing the in­ten­sity of his re­hab this week, but there was no timetable for his re­turn. He was placed on the dis­abled list be­cause of a stress re­ac­tion in his left shin, an in­jury he suf­fered when he fouled a ball off his leg a day ear­lier in a vic­tory against the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs.

Sano had a team-high 28 home runs when he was in­jured. Util­ity in­fielder Ed­uardo Es

co­bar played third in Sano’s place. The Twins are con­sid­er­ing us­ing Sano pri­mar­ily as the des­ig­nated hit­ter when he is ac­ti­vated to re­duce pres­sure on his leg.

Vet­eran Chris Gimenez and rookie Mitch Garver were fill­ing in at catcher when Ja­son Cas­tro went on the seven-day con­cus­sion DL. Cas­tro was hit on the mask by three foul balls in four in­nings dur­ing a loss to the White Sox on Aug. 23 in Chicago.

Right- han­der Dillon Gee went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his first two starts af­ter be­ing moved into the ro­ta­tion from the bullpen Aug. 21. He had a 2.13 ERA in four re­lief ap­pear­ances af­ter be­ing called up from Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) on Aug. 1.

“We did a nice job fight­ing back, ex­cuse the ex­pres­sion.”

Tigers man­ager Brad Aus­mus on ral­ly­ing for a 10-6 vic­tory against the Yan­kees on Aug. 24 in a game that in­cluded three benches-clear­ing in­ci­dents

RICK OS­EN­TOSKI, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Tigers first base­man Miguel Cabr­era, bot­tom right, was not pleased with the seven-game sus­pen­sion he re­ceived for his role in a brawl with the Yan­kees on Aug. 24.

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