Braun back in lineup after missing 21 games

MILWAUKEE — Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is in the lineup Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, his first start in nearly a month after going on the disabled list with an injured right thumb.

Braun was activated Monday after going on the DL on June 10 and missing 21 games.

Braun is hitting .304 with nine home runs — seven of which came in April — and 36 RBIs.

Braun’s name surfaced in documents linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, but he has denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Braun has said his name was in those documents only because his attorneys used clinic operator Tony Bosch as a consultant when Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels in October 2011.


Second baseman Infante on DL : In Detroit, the Tigers placed second baseman Omar Infante on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Hernan Perez from Double-A Erie.

The move is retroactive to July 4, so Infante will be eligible for activation after the All-Star break.

Infante hasn’t played since last Wednesday, when he was hit hard by Toronto’s Colby Rasmus, who was sliding into second base.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he expects Infante to be OK after the break. Infante is hitting .309 with six homers and 27 RBIs this season.


Walker hits disabled list: In Pittsburgh, the Pirates placed second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right side and recalled infielder Josh Harrison from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Walker is hitting .244 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 72 games but hasn’t played since experiencing pain in his right side while swinging in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.


Marcum to have season-ending surgery: New York Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum will have season-ending surgery on his right hand.

Marcum experienced tingling and numbness in his hand during a 7-6 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday night, when he allowed 11 hits and five runs in five innings. He had experienced similar symptoms in his previous start and during spring training, and had an MRI last week. Marcum also met with a hand specialist in St. Louis this week.

Marcum is 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA in 14 games (12 starts). He signed a $4 million, one-year contract in the winter.

Carlos Torres will replace Marcum in the rotation, and right-hander Gonzalez Germen was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas. Germen was 3-3 with a 5.52 ERA for Las Vegas.


Outfielder Eaton activated: In Phoenix, the Arizona Diamondbacks activated Adam Eaton from the disabled list, and Kirk Gibson immediately put the center fielder in the leadoff spot for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The rookie had been projected as the team’s leadoff batter this spring, but he was sidelined by a strained left elbow.

His return was slowed when he reinjured the elbow and had to go through the rehabilitation process again.

Eaton hit .256 with five doubles, 13 RBIs and two home runs and eight stolen bases in 26 minor league rehab games.

To make room on the roster, the Diamondbacks optioned right-handed reliever Charles Brewer to Triple-A Reno.


PEREZ’S MARIJUANA CASE ON HELD UNTIL SEPTEMBER: In Rocky River, OhIo, the marijuana possession case against Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife could extend to the final month of the season.

The two were at Rocky River Municipal Court on Tuesday in suburban Cleveland, and the case is to resume Sept. 3. According to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, attorneys discussed evidence sharing.

Perez and his wife, Melanie, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor possession charges after marijuana was mailed to their home in their dog’s name.

Police said they were tipped off by postal inspectors to suspicious packages.


CEO Garfinkel resigns: In San Diego, Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel, who assumed the duties of CEO after predecessor Jeff Moorad stepped aside early last year, resigned.

Peter Seidler, lead investor in the Padres ownership group, and executive chairman Ron Fowler said in a release Tuesday that they had accepted Garfinkel’s resignation.

The team said Fowler is assuming Garfinkel’s responsibilities until a replacement is hired.

Garfinkel, then the Padres COO and president, assumed the CEO duties in March 2012 when Moorad relinquished them after a failed bid to buy the team.

Garfinkel remained on board when the team was sold to a group including Seidler, a nephew of former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley.