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Baseball Roundup: Cardinals place Friese on disabled list

CARDINALS:

The Cardinals placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

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Infielder Ryan Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday to replace Freese, who hopes to return in time for the home opener April 8 against Cincinnati. Left-hander Sam Freeman was optioned to Triple-A.

BRAVES:

Reliever Jonny Venters was removed in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers because of a sprained left elbow.

Venters replaced Jordan Walden at the start of the inning in his first appearance since March 13 , when he forced in a run against Miami by walking four straight batters.

He allowed a leadoff homer to Don Kelly that tied the score 2-2. Jhonny Peralta struck out, Bryan Pena walked and Ramon Santiago hit a go-ahead triple to right. Venters threw a run-scoring wild pitch and was replaced by Andrew Russell.

DODGERS:

The Dodgers sent outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Dee Gordon to the minors.

The Dodgers moved Puig to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Cuban leads major leaguers with a .526 batting average this spring.

Puig signed a seven-year contract for $42 million on June 29. The Dodgers already have Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford in their outfield.

YANKEES:

On his first day with the Yankees, Vernon Wells recalled a game in the International League more than a decade ago and he saw Darryl Strawberry in uniform for the opposition.

"I remember the first time I played the Triple-A Yankees, when I was 20 years old," the outfielder, now 34, said Tuesday. "It was the first time that I actually got goosebumps playing against another team. And from that day I've quietly been a Yankee fan."

Wells' trade to the Yankees was finalized Tuesday, when New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels: outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed.

RANGERS:

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Derek Lowe has earned a job with the Texas Rangers and will start the season in the bullpen.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tuesday the 39-year-old right-hander will be a long reliever and spot starter.

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