El Duque expected back for Yanks this weekend
New York New York Yankees right-hander Orlando Hernandez threw off a bullpen mound Tuesday to test his bothersome right elbow and could be ready to pitch by the end of the week.
"I felt good. I don't know how long I threw. I threw everything. Everything felt good. I have no worries," El Duque said through a translator. "I'll start Friday or Saturday, I hope. I think I will be able to go out and do my job without any worries."
The Yankees are at home against Oakland this weekend.
Hernandez, 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in three starts this season, left a 7-2 loss to Toronto on April 18 after three innings because of discomfort in the elbow and missed one start Tuesday night against Seattle.
A's call Bradford, option Vizcaino
Chicago The Oakland Athletics recalled right-hander Chad Bradford on Tuesday and optioned reliever Luis Vizcaino to Triple-A Sacramento.
Bradford had two saves and an 0.00 ERA in five relief appearances for the Sacramento River Cats. He walked one while striking out eight in 91/3 innings.
"Bradford was pitching so well," Oakland manager Art Howe said. "He'll be the middle guy, maybe even a setup, depending on the situation."
Colorado activates shortstop Perez
Denver Gold Glove shortstop Neifi Perez returned to the Colorado Rockies lineup Tuesday night after missing 13 games with a sprained ligament in his left thumb.
Perez was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on April 8. Traditionally a slow starter, he was 11-for-20 when he injured his thumb while diving for a ground ball.
Jays' Sirotka undergoes season-ending surgery
Toronto Toronto pitcher Mike Sirotka, acquired in a disputed trade with the Chicago White Sox, underwent season-ending surgery on his injured left shoulder Tuesday.
Dr. James Andrews discovered and repaired three tears in the labrum. As well, there was a rotator cuff tear.
Sirotka will be re-evaluated in a couple of months.
Cards' Stephenson has elbow surgery
St. Louis St. Louis pitcher Garrett Stephenson, troubled by elbow pain since the playoffs last fall, had his right arm in a sling during a brief visit to Busch Stadium on Tuesday, a day after undergoing season-ending reconstructive surgery.
Manager Tony La Russa also said troubled left-hander Rick Ankiel, who went only three innings in his last start, would be available for bullpen duty the next two games. Ankiel, 21, walked five and gave up five runs, three earned, in a 10-1 loss to Houston last Friday.
Devil Rays claim Rose off waivers from Mets
St. Petersburg, Fla. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays claimed right-hander Brian Rose off special waivers from the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Rose, 25, was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in three relief appearances for the Mets. He last pitched on Friday when he allowed one run, two walks and four hits in two innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
Rangers ship Johnson
Arlington, Texas The Texas Rangers sent right-handed pitcher Jonathan Johnson to Oklahoma of the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday.
Red Sox activate Stynes,
send Merloni to minors
Boston The Boston Red Sox activated infielder Chris Stynes from the disabled list and optioned infielder Lou Merloni to Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League on Tuesday.
The Red Sox obtained Stynes in an offseason trade with Cincinnati. He went 2-for-9 in two games before going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Padres shelve Walker, call reliever Lee
San Diego San Diego left-handed reliever Kevin Walker was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with tendinitis in his left forearm. Walker had no record and a 3.52 ERA in nine appearances. As a rookie last year, he was 7-1 with a 4.19 ERA and tied closer Trevor Hoffman with 70 appearances. The move is retroactive to Friday.
The Padres recalled right-hander David Lee from Triple-A Portland.
Yankees free to start television network
New York The New York Yankees settled their lawsuit with Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, leaving the World Series champions free to start their own television network next year.
Under the deal agreed to between YankeeNets and MSG, the team could have a minimum of 65 games to televise on its own network in 2002.