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BOB ABREU PLACED ON ASSIGNMENT BY THE DODGERS
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:09 AM EDT

The Los Angeles Dodger designated veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu for assignment last Wednesday.

Abreu, 38-year-old, was signed May 4 after he was released by the L.A Angels. The Angels released Abreu to create space for AL MVP applicant Mike Trout.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have 10 days to trade or release Abreu. They needed to make a registry spot to add outfielder Shane Victorino, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Abreu hit .178 in 37 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Victorino replaced Abreu as the Phillies’ regular right fielder in 2006 following the trade that sent Abreu to the New York Yankees.

Abreu 1st played in the major leagues in 1996 as a 22-year-old outfielder with the Houston Astros. In 17 seasons, he also played for the Phillies, Yankees, Angels and Dodgers and has a job .292 batting average and .396 on-base percentage.

– Hideki Matsui, known as the best slugger to come to MLB from Japan, was released by the Rays.

Last week, Matsui was designated for assignment after infielder Ryan Roberts was purchased from the Diamondbacks.

Matsui, 38 years old, signed April 30 and was added to the major league roster May 29. He hit 2 home runs in his first 3 games with the club but none since in a sum total of 34 games, including 23 starts.

Matsui spent 9 seasons in the majors with the Yankees, L.A Angels and the Athletics following a 10-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League. He hit 175 home runs and drove in 760 runs in 1,236 games.

With the A’s in 2011, Matsui batted .251 with 12 home runs.

–Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been suspended three games by MLBfor bumping an umpire.

Mesoraco, who made contact with home plate referee Chad Fairchild during the 3rd inning of the game against the Padres, will be fined a secret amount. Baseball lines

He was active for last Wed. night’s game as he was appealing the suspension. He is predicted to get a hearing in 2 weeks.

“I was frustrated,” Mesoraco asserted. “I let my feelings out. But at the day’s end, I was doing it for my team.”

–The Cubs recalled right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera and Chris Volstad from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher Casey Coleman.

Cabrera has never appeared in the big leagues. He’s got a mixed 4-1 with 5 saves and a 3.11 ERA in 36 appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this season.

Cabrera originally signed with the Chicago Cubs as an undrafted free agent on July 7, 2005.

Volstad returns to the Cubs for the 3rd time this season. He was optioned to Iowa on May 18 after beginning the season in the starting rotation. Volstad is 0-7 with a 7.94 ERA in 9 starts with the Cubs. He was acquired from the Miami Marlins on Jan 5 for right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano.

Coleman is 0-2 with a 7.40 ERA in 17 appearances, including one start, with the Cubs this season. He came back to Iowa, where he has a 2-4 record with a 5.01 ERA in 11 appearances.


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