The slumping Cleveland Indians placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a strained side muscle. Kipnis, who signed a six-year, $52.5-million contract at the start of the season, is expected to miss three to five weeks for the Indians, who have lost six straight and are tied for last in the AL Central.
Detroit agreed to a one-year, $1-million deal with reliever Joel Hanrahan, a former All-Star closer who is recovering from Tommy John surgery last May. It is unclear when he'll be able to pitch for the Tigers. . . . Milwaukee put reliever Jim Henderson on the DL with a sore shoulder. . . . Minnesota center fielder Aaron Hicks went on the seven-day disabled list because of concussion-like symptoms, and right-hander Mike Pelfrey was headed for the 15-day DL after reporting soreness in his left groin. . . . Atlanta and third baseman Chris Johnson agreed on a three-year, $23.5-million contract extension through 2017. . . . Colorado infielder Josh Rutledge was placed on the DL because of a viral infection. . . . Kansas City left-hander Bruce Chen is on the disabled list because of a bulging disk in his back. . . . San Diego signed 27-year-old Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to a minor league contract with a $1-million signing bonus.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times