Ortiz’s Release to Cost Arizona $22 Million
The Arizona Diamondbacks decided Tuesday they would rather eat the remaining $22 million of Russ Ortiz’s contract than keep him on their roster.
The club designated the struggling right-hander for assignment, which means it has 10 days to trade, waive or release him.
The team is on the hook for the balance of the $33-million, four-year contract Ortiz signed in December 2004, a figure General Manager Josh Byrnes said was close to $22 million.
Ortiz, 32, was 0-5 with a 7.54 earned-run average in six starts for Arizona.
An arrest warrant for Dmitri Young was issued after the Detroit Tigers’ designated hitter failed to appear for a pretrial hearing on a domestic violence charge in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Young is accused of choking a 21-year-old Toledo, Ohio, woman April 14 at a Birmingham, Mich., hotel.
If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, the 32-year-old Young could face up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.
The Boston Red Sox put reliever Keith Foulke on the 15-day disabled list and activated Mike Timlin.
Foulke, who is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 29 appearances with the Red Sox, went on the disabled list retroactive to Monday.
The team is calling Foulke’s injury elbow tendinitis.
San Diego Padres minor league pitcher Jonathan Ellis was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.... New Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore selected Cincinnati Reds assistant general manager Dean Taylor as vice president of baseball operations. Muzzy Jackson, a longtime Kansas City executive, was hired as vice president of player personnel.