Cards' outfielder Drew starts rehab assignment
Peoria, Ill. J.D. Drew, the St. Louis Cardinals' outfielder sidelined since breaking his right hand June 17, was 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday night in his first rehabilitation game for Peoria.
Drew led off and played right field in the Chiefs' 8-7, 11-inning loss to Michigan in the Class A Midwest League.
Drew could return to the lineup as early as Sunday against the Cubs in Chicago.
Colon's suspension reduced to six games
Cleveland Bartolo Colon's seven-game suspension was reduced by one game Thursday, and the Cleveland pitcher will begin serving his penalty this weekend.
Colon was suspended and fined an undisclosed sum on July 20 by Frank Robinson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations, for buzzing Houston's Scott Servais with a pitch July 17.
The right-hander has continued to pitch while appealing the suspension and won his last start on Sunday against Detroit.
But after starting Friday night against the Tigers, Colon will start serving his suspension on Saturday when the Indians play a day-night doubleheader in Detroit, allowing him to knock two games off.
Former batting coach files suit against Cards
St. Louis Former St. Louis Cardinals hitting instructor Mike Easler, who left the club earlier this month after the team removed him from the post, filed suit Thursday claiming he was unjustly ousted.
The suit, filed in state court, charges the Cardinals with wrongful termination, defamation of character and invasion of privacy, and seeks damages in excess of $25,000 and additional punitive damages.
Ankiel allows one hit, strikes out 12 in minors
Burlington, N.C. Rick Ankiel walked the first three batters, then settled down to pitch one-hit ball for seven innings and strike out 12 batters Thursday night as Johnson City beat Burlington, 4-2, in the rookie Appalachian League.
Ankiel, demoted by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season to find his control, also threw a wild pitch in the first inning.
But the 22-year-old lefty did not walk another batter, and held Burlington hitless until Scott Threinen doubled in the sixth.
Indians recall Drese
Cleveland The Cleveland Indians, needing another arm for a weekend doubleheader, recalled right-hander Ryan Drese from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Drese has split this season with the Bisons and Double-A Akron.