Red Sox activate Jacoby Ellsbury from disabled list

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jacoby ellsbury headshot red sox.jpgAfter an absence of nearly six weeks, the Red Sox have activated Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list for Saturday’s game against the Phillies. He was 4-for-10 with a stolen base during a three-game minor league rehab stint between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.

According to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, he is expected to play center field until Mike Cameron returns from an abdominal injury.

Ellsbury has been sidelined since suffering a hairline fracture to four of his ribs in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11. He was batting .333 (10-for-30) with four doubles, one RBI, two stolen bases and six runs scored before going on the disabled list.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

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The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.

Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.

Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.

Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.

The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.