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MLB notebook: Yankees place Tanaka on DL

The New York Yankees placed right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list Saturday because of right shoulder inflammation.

Tanaka, 28, has battled elbow injuries over the last two years. The move is retroactive to Thursday.

"We had him talk to our doctor," manager Joe Girardi told reporters prior to Saturday afternoon's game against the Boston Red Sox. "Our doctor prescribed that he's fatigued and he's probably got some inflammation. Nothing structural."

Tanaka (8-10, 4.92 ERA) last pitched on Wednesday in a poor outing against the Blue Jays, walking a career-high five batters and allowing three runs -- two earned -- and two hits in four-plus innings in the Yankees' 11-5 win in Toronto.

--Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned to the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation after just one game and four at-bats.

Prior to Saturday afternoon's game against the New York Yankees, the Red Sox announced the move, retroactive to Aug. 9. Pedroia is on the DL for a third time this season. Manager John Farrell said there is no reason to believe Pedroia is lost for the season.

"There's nothing we have right now that suggests he won't be back to us," Farrell said. "There's been no talk of any other kind of procedure, anything that's similar to what he went through after last season. I felt like he was getting there after the work. Obviously the irritation returned and he needs some more time at this point."

Farrell said Pedroia, 34, has been dealing with a recurrence of swelling and inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee and did not respond favorably to treatment. Pedroia leads the Red Sox in batting average (.303) and on-base percentage (.378), with 17 doubles, six home runs and 54 RBIs.

--Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is expected to start a rehab assignment Monday.

Strasburg, who has been on the disabled list since July 27 with a nerve impingement in his right elbow, told reporters Saturday that he will make a start Monday at Class A Potomac.

The 29-year-old Strasburg threw 57 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday and said the elbow "feels really good." Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said that Strasburg is slated for five innings or 75 pitches Monday.

Strasburg (10-3, 3.25 ERA) has been sidelined since pitched two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23. He went on the disabled list four days later.

--The Toronto Blue Jays placed catcher Russell Martin on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and selected the contract of catcher Mike Ohlman from Triple-A Buffalo.

Martin left the game Friday night after the first inning when he grounded out. He is batting .223/.354/.381 with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs in 81 games this season.

In five games with the Blue Jays this year, Ohlman is 2-for-9 (.222) with an RBI. He will share the catching duties with Raffy Lopez.

--Right-hander Scott Feldman of the Cincinnati Reds was reinstated from the disabled list, and he started Saturday's day against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The 34-year-old Feldman, who entered the game with a 7-7 record and a 4.34 ERA in 19 starts this season, went on the disabled list because of right knee inflammation on July 18.

To make room on the roster for Feldman, the Reds designated infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara for assignment.

--Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco left with a leg injury in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Polanco limped off the field after charging a bloop single by Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the fifth.

Sean Rodriguez entered the game to play left field and John Jaso moved from left field to right.

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