Diamondbacks activate Miguel Montero from DL

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montero headshot.JPGThe Diamondbacks have activated catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list, according to a team press release.

Montero was 6-for-12 (.500) with three RBI before going on the disabled list with a partial meniscus tear in his right knee on April 11. He underwent surgery to repair the tear on April 14.

The 26-year-old catcher batted .294/.355/.478 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 425 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season, including a .316/.366/.534 batting line after the All-Star break. He entered the 2010 season as the clear starter behind the plate over Chris Snyder.

According to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com, Montero is not in the starting lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday, but he is likely to play on Sunday. He figures to be eased back into action as the designated hitter with interleague series against the Red Sox and Tigers next week. 

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.