June 10, 2019 / 1:43 AM / 7 days ago

MLB notebook: Yanks RHP German (hip) lands on 10-day IL

The New York Yankees placed right-hander Domingo German on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left hip flexor strain.

Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

German is 9-2 this season, tied for the American League lead in wins entering Sunday with Houston’s Justin Verlander and Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.

German, 26, is winless in his last three starts. He took the loss Friday at Cleveland, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings. He has given up seven home runs in his last 14 2/3 innings.

The Yankees recalled left-hander Stephen Tarpley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace German on the 25-man roster. Tarpley, 26, has a 10.38 ERA in six games with New York this season, allowing five runs on six hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings.

—New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano returned to the 10-day injured list with his troublesome quadriceps injury.

Cano was activated Wednesday after two weeks on the IL with a left quad strain but played only four innings in a 7-0 win against San Francisco before experiencing tightness in the quad. Cano, 36, is batting .238 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 46 games during his first season with the Mets.

Cano will miss the Mets’ two-game series starting Monday against the New York Yankees, one of his former teams. The Mets promoted right-hander Tim Peterson, 28, from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

—The Washington Nationals slugged four consecutive homers in the eighth inning of a 5-2 road win over the San Diego Padres, the ninth time in major league history that a team hit four straight homers.

Howie Kendrick began the stretch, with Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon following. All four homers were against San Diego right-handed reliever Craig Stammen. It marked the second time the Nationals have accomplished the feat since moving to Washington for the 2005 season.

The other time the Nationals hit four straight homers was in the third inning of a 15-2 home win over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 27, 2017. Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman went deep consecutively for Washington in that contest.

—The Houston Astros called up power-hitting prospect Yordan Alvarez ahead of their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Alvarez, whose 23 homers are the most among minor leaguers this season, batted fifth as the designated hitter and hit a home run in his second major league at-bat.

The 21-year-old from Cuba has hit that mark in just 213 at-bats with the Triple-A Round Rock Express. Alvarez, who is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, has 56 home runs in 250 career minor league games and is rated the No. 23 prospect in baseball.

—The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon from Triple-A Memphis and optioned right-hander Ryan Helsley to the Redbirds.

The 27-year-old Ponce de Leon is expected to start Monday in the opener of a three-game road series against the Miami Marlins.

In his only previous appearance for St. Louis this season, Ponce de Leon allowed one run on two hits and struck out seven in the Cardinals’ 4-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 23. In 11 starts at Memphis, he is 4-4 with a 3.90 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings.

—The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Dylan Covey on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

The move is retroactive to June 6. In a corresponding move, the White Sox recalled right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey, 27, has gone 1-4 this season and has a 4.58 ERA in nine games (seven starts). Vieira, 25, has appeared in three games for the White Sox this season, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

—Former major league skipper Frank Lucchesi, who managed parts of seven big league seasons, died at age 92 in Colleyville, Texas.

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Lucchesi was best known for being attacked by infielder Lenny Randle in 1977 as manager of the Texas Rangers. Randle was upset over losing his starting job in spring training and went to talk to Lucchesi. The discussion quickly turned contentious, and Randle punched Lucchesi in the face at least three times.

Lucchesi was hospitalized with a broken jaw, and Randle was immediately suspended and later traded to the New York Mets. Overall, Lucchesi went 316-399 with the Philadelphia Phillies (1970-72), Rangers (1975-77) and Chicago Cubs (1987).

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