Sports Briefs 5-4-14

JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer Published:

CINCINNATI -- The Reds activated utility player Skip Schumaker off the disabled list on Saturday, ending six tough weeks for one of Cincinnati's offseason acquisitions.

Schumaker dislocated his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield on March 21 in Arizona. He was having a good spring training up to that point, batting .441 with a homer and seven RBIs.

Cincinnati signed Schumaker to a $5 million, two-year deal in November to bolster its bench. He was among eight Reds who opened the season on the disabled list.

"It's tougher being on a new team, that's for sure," Schumaker said. "You want to make a good impression with the guys and the management and everything else, and for that to happen -- in spring training, of all times, and that late in spring training -- was pretty frustrating.

"You want to do everything you can to prove your worth, so to speak, and not being able to play one game and it's May already is tough. Hopefully, I can get in there and help the team sooner than later."

Outfielder Roger Bernadina was designated for assignment to the minors to open a roster spot. Bernadina played in 23 games with five starts, batting .143 with one RBI. He came to big league camp as a non-roster player and made the team because of all the injuries.

Bernadina was surprised that he got designated for assignment. If he rejects the demotion, the Reds will have to either trade him or release him. He wasn't sure on Saturday what he would choose.

"I'm glad I got the chance to do some things," Bernadina said. "I wasn't able to play a lot, so I couldn't get into a groove. We'll see what happens."

• Baseball

Indians make moves: The Cleveland Indians have placed catcher Yan Gomes on the paternity leave list and designated infielder Elliot Johnson for assignment.

Gomes is batting .261 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games. His wife, Jenna, gave birth to a daughter, Brooklyn Mae, on Saturday morning, the couple's first child. The maximum stay on the paternity list is three days.

Gomes, who signed a $23 million, six-year contract in spring training, has committed seven errors after making three last season.

Johnson committed two errors at second base Friday in replacing Jason Kipnis, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled oblique muscle. Johnson, signed as a minor league free agent in January, was batting .105 in seven games.

Cleveland selected the contract of catcher George Kottaras from Triple-A Columbus and recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone.

Braun placed on DL: The Brewers put outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique in his right side on Saturday before the second game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Braun had missed the last six games because of the injury. Since he hasn't played, the move was made retroactive to April 27 and he will be eligible to return on May 12.

Milwaukee activated outfielder Logan Schafer off the disabled list. He'd been sidelined by a strained right hamstring.

Braun went on the disabled list for the first time in his career last season, sidelined from June 14 to July 7 with an injured right thumb. He accepted a 65-game suspension on July 22 for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.

Yankees call up Aceves: The Yankees called up right-hander Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre early Saturday and designated reliever Chris Leroux for assignment.

Aceves struck out 14 in 132⁄3 innings as a minor leaguer this season, where he had been mostly working as a starter.

Manager Joe Girardi says Aceves, who pitched for New York from 2008-10 before spending the last three seasons with Boston, will be used as a bullpen option for now.

Leroux allowed five runs in the 14th inning of Friday night's 10-5 loss to the Rays.

• Basketball

NBA to appoint superviser for Clippers: The NBA says it will appoint a chief executive officer to supervise the Los Angeles Clippers' operations.

On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for racist comments made on an audio recording, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team.

Kidd fined: Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd was fined $25,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the referees.

The penalty, announced hours before the Nets beat Toronto in Game 6 of their first-round series, came for comments made during a conference call with reporters a day earlier. Kidd questioned why Joe Johnson shot only one free throw in the Nets' 115-113 loss in Game 5. He felt Shaun Livingston was fouled on a rebound in the final seconds, but referee Tom Washington didn't call it, and said perhaps the Nets even needed to flop more.

• Elsewhere

Shaw questionable: Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw is questionable for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday because of a lower body injury.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday he doesn't expect Shaw to be out for an extended period.

Shaw was injured in Friday's series-opening win; it was not clear when he was hurt.

Lewis, Lee in lead: Stacy Lewis shot a 2-under 69 even while missing several makeable putts Saturday to grab a share of the lead with Meena Lee after three rounds at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Lewis, the third-ranked player in the world, looked down in frustration after missing a birdie chance at the 18th hole. The Texan matched Lee at 9-under 204.

In nearly ideal scoring conditions with little if any wind, Lee shot 70.

But Caroline Masson, who shared the second-round lead with Lee, followed consecutive 67s with a 75.

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