Ex-player Curtis faces sex charges
Former major-league outfielder Chad Curtis has been charged with sexual misconduct after two teenage girls accused him of touching them at a Michigan high school where he volunteered. Curtis, 43, was arraigned Thursday at Barry County District Court on five counts of criminal sexual conduct and was freed after posting $25,000 in cash on a $250,000 bond, County Undersheriff Robert Baker said. The charges are based on complaints from two teenage girls who are students at Lakewood High School.
Ex-Leo Nunez returning to U.S.
Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo says he has his U.S. visa and will be returning to the Marlins. Oviedo had been caught playing under a fake identity and his return had been in doubt. He said Friday that he had received a visa from the U.S. government and would be in Miami on Monday. The 30-year-old says he has to serve a suspension for using the false identity but he's not yet certain of the length. Oviedo used the name Leo Nunez for seven major-league seasons.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks following surgery Friday on his injured right knee. That's unexpected good news for a player who thought he might miss the rest of the season and perhaps be forced into retirement.
The team said the arthroscopic surgery found a partial tear in the medial meniscus, which was removed. Doctors also found a cartilage tear but judged the ligament sound.
General Manager John Mozeliak was encouraged, yet guarded at the prospect of plugging Berkman back into the lineup in late July or early August. "I think in fairness to everything, we should just be patient and see how things unfold over the next couple weeks," Mozeliak said.
The 36-year-old Berkman had feared possible damage to the anterior cruciate ligament. He was a key part of the team's championship run in 2011, hitting .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBI in 145 games.
■ Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth, an All-Star game selection with the club in 2008, was designated for assignment on Friday. McLouth, who signed a one-year, $1.75 million in the off-season, was hitting just .140 and had gone hitless in his last 20 at-bats.
■ The Rockies put catcher Ramon Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hand that has bothered him for several days and made it difficult to grip a bat tightly. He went on the DL before the start of a weekend series against the Reds, his former team.
■ The Orioles and the agent for center fielder Adam Jones are discussing an extension for the one-time All-Star. Jones entered play Friday leading first-place Baltimore in batting average (.311), homers (14) and RBI (29).
■ Chipper Jones missed his seventh straight start Friday night because of a bruised leg. The Braves are 19-5 when Jones starts and 7-15 when he is out of the lineup. He was hit by a grounder May 18 at Tampa Bay.