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MLB: Tigers designate closer Valverde

on June 23, 2013 2:30 AM

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers designated reliever Jose Valverde for assignment, less than two months after bringing the veteran right-hander back to the major leagues for another chance to be the team’s closer.

Valverde went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA, converting nine saves in 12 chances. The Tigers will likely use Joaquin Benoit in most save situations for the time being.

Detroit has 10 days to make a move with Valverde.

The Tigers recalled right-hander Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo to replace Valverde in the bullpen. They also put outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo on the disabled list with a strained left intercostal and recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia from Toledo.

Yankees acquire Lillibridge

CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Yankees acquired minor league infielder Brent Lillibridge from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for a player to be named or cash.

Lillibridge is one of several backup infielders acquired by the Yankees this season to help fill in for their injured All-Stars. The trade Friday is the second deal between New York and Chicago this year.

The Yankees acquired Alberto Gonzalez from the Cubs in May, and he spent a week with the team before being demoted.

Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre earlier Friday when Reid Brignac was designated for assignment.

Lillibridge will report to Scranton.

Lillibridge, who broke into the major leagues in 2008 with Atlanta, is going to his sixth team. The Cubs designated him for assignment after nine games in April and has been with Triple-A Iowa since.

Angels put Vargas on 15-day DL

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Jason Vargas is on the Los Angeles Angels’ 15-day disabled list after a blood clot was found in his left armpit.

The Angels also selected the contract of right-hander Billy Buckner from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.

The blood clot was discovered following Vargas’ start against Seattle on Monday, making his move to the disabled list retroactive to Tuesday.

He will seek a second opinion before considering surgery, the team says.

Vargas is 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA in his first season with the Angels, who acquired him from the Mariners in the offseason.

Dykstra released from California prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been released from a California prison after serving time for bankruptcy fraud.

Dykstra, 50, who had a 12-year career with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, was freed, according to federal Bureau of Prisons records, but no other details were available.

Dykstra was sentenced in December to 6ᄑ months in prison for hiding baseball gloves and other heirlooms from his playing days that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing.

He already had served seven months in custody awaiting sentencing.

The prison term ran concurrently with a three-year sentence for pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.

Dykstra, who bought a mansion once owned by hockey star Wayne Gretzky, filed for bankruptcy four years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

After the filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed at least $200,000 worth of items without the permission of a bankruptcy trustee, prosecutors said.

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