Rangers put Gagne on DL
Prior to have exploratory surgery; Miller goes on DL
Reds' Griffey expected to be back in lineup
Seattle places ace Hernandez on 15-day DL
A's place RHP Bradley, CF Harden on disabled list
Indians put Marte on DL
Braves offer 90-day financing for tickets
â€¢ ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are selling ticket packages with 90-day, interest-free financing.
The plan announced Monday is limited to ticket packages worth at least $200.
"We've heard from lots of fans who say â€˜We want this ticket package and we don't have that amount of cash on hand as we speak,'" Braves senior vice president for sales and marketing Derek Schiller said.
Fans may use the financing program on ticket packages including full or half season, 20-game plans, flex plans or in combinations of four-game packs valued at $200 or more.
GE Money, formerly known as GE Consumer Finance, is coordinating the promotional financing program with the Braves and will collect payments.
â€¢ ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers put closer Eric Gagne on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after the oft-injured right-hander left the game in the middle of just his second save situation for his new team.
Gagne, the 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner for Los Angeles, was appearing in consecutive games for the Rangers for the first time Sunday when he started favoring his right leg after his 11th pitch. He was diagnosed with a hip injury.
After missing most of the past two seasons with elbow and back injuries, Gagne signed a one-year, $6 million deal loaded with bonus opportunities. He had one save in 3 1-3 scoreless innings after starting the season on the disabled list.
â€¢ CHICAGO - Mark Prior's right shoulder still hurts, and the Chicago Cubs pitcher will have an exploratory arthroscopic procedure today.
"He's had some discomfort for a couple years," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.
Prior, who made just nine starts last season, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after a poor spring training. He stayed in extended spring training in Arizona and went on a minor league disabled list.
Also Monday, the Cubs put pitcher Wade Miller on the 15-day disabled list with middle back spasms.
â€¢ CINCINNATI - Ken Griffey Jr. was expected back in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup tonight against St. Louis after recovering from diverticulitis.
The right fielder was out of the starting lineup for the last four games of a homestand last week. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning of a 9-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.
Griffey confirmed that he was diagnosed about six months ago with diverticulitis, or inflammation of the colon.
â€¢ ARLINGTON, Texas - The Seattle Mariners placed ace right-hander Felix Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list Monday, shelving their hard-throwing 21-year-old until at least May 4.
Hernandez was diagnosed with a muscle strain inside his right elbow and forearm last week. He threw briefly Monday as Seattle opened a two-games series in Texas, then was put on the DL, retroactive to April 19.
â€¢ OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics placed ace right-hander Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right shoulder
The team also put center fielder Milton Bradley on the DL.
The 25-year-old Harden went 4-0 with a 4.24 ERA in only nine starts last season because of two stints on the disabled list with a lower back and elbow injury.
â€¢ CLEVELAND - The Indians placed third baseman Andy Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring Monday.
Marte was injured running out a grounder against Tampa Bay on Sunday. He has struggled this season, committing four errors and hitting .179 with a home run and eight RBIs in 13 games.
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Marte's roster spot. Choo hit .294 with seven RBIs in 12 games at Buffalo. He hit just .242 in spring training.