Brewers utility man Erick Almonte became the first major-leaguer placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions after being hit in the forehead by a thrown ball during batting practice Tuesday night. The Brewers changed plans and activated All-Star right fielder Corey Hart, a Bowling Green native, immediately instead of waiting until Wednesday after he missed the first three weeks of the season with an oblique strain.
Almonte was standing at first looking away when a throw from the left side of the infield struck him.
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said a doctor's evaluation determined that Almonte had sustained a Grade 1 concussion and that research shows similar head injuries generally take five to seven days for symptoms to clear.
"We don't have to go short and he doesn't feel like he's obligated to play," said Ash, who lauded the new option for concussions. "(We) can take care of his health to make sure he's 100 percent."
Ethier sets April hit-streak record
Andre Ethier set a major-league record by extending his hitting streak to 23 games, the longest ever in April. The Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder doubled in the first inning Tuesday against Florida to break the record set by his former manager, Joe Torre, who hit in 22 straight April games in 1971.
Ethier's hitting streak is a career best. He has had a hit in every game since going 0-for-4 in the second game of the season April 1.
■ Jonathan Roof, an infielder who starred in high school at St. Mary's, was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a grand slam in Class A Hickory's 9-1 victory against Augusta on Tuesday afternoon. Roof, a Texas Rangers prospect, is hitting .308 with two homers and 13 RBI.
■ Former University of Kentucky standout John Shelby hit his second home run of the season in Double A Birmingham's 2-1 victory at Mississippi.
■ Phillies closer Jose Contreras has a strained right elbow and will be sidelined three to four weeks. Contreras, who did not give up a run in eight appearances and had five saves, is expected to begin rehab work in seven to 10 days.
■ The Astros put outfielder Jason Michaels on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left shoulder and recalled outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Triple A Oklahoma City, Bogusevic, a former Lexington Legends pitcher, hit .241 with two doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBI, 11 walks and eight stolen bases at Triple A.
■ Former major-league outfielder Carl Everett was in a Tampa, Fla., jail Tuesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after putting a handgun to his wife's head, according to police records. Everett, 39, was arrested Monday night at his home in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. He was also charged with tampering with a witness.
■ White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle makes his fifth attempt at career win No. 150 on Wednesday night.