Baseball notes

On the shelf

■ Padres left-hander Shawn Estes broke the thumb on his throwing hand when he fell on the tunnel stairs between the team's clubhouse and dugout Friday night. The Padres placed the 35-year-old pitcher on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

■ Rangers right-hander Jason Jennings underwent season-ending elbow surgery for the second straight year. A team physician performed the surgery Friday to repair Jennings' right flexor tendon, Manager Ron Washington said. The 2002 National League Rookie of the Year had the same surgery last August while he was with the Astros.

Kentucky connection

■ Former Lexington Legend and EKU alum Josh Anderson was called up from Triple-A Richmond Friday. Anderson went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter for the Braves in his first game of the season against the Reds Friday night. He went 1-for-2 in another pinch-hit appearance Saturday.

■ Former UK pitcher Joe Blanton gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in Oakland's 8-4 loss to the Rangers Saturday.

Short hops

■ The Red Sox activated right-hander Clay Buchholz from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he had been on a rehabilitation assignment. Buchholz was placed on the disabled list May 14 with a torn nail on his right middle finger. He was 2-3 with a 5.53 ERA in eight starts with Boston and had a 4.50 ERA in two rehabilitation starts after being sent to Pawtucket on May 25.

■ Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Orioles in the ninth inning after sustaining a left wrist sprain while fouling off a pitch. X-rays were negative and Ortiz is listed as day-to-day, though Ortiz said after Boston's 6-3 victory that he doubted he would play Sunday. ”I don't think so. It's sore,“ Ortiz said.

■ Kent Desormeaux, jockey for Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown, is slated to throw out the first pitch of the game between the Mets and Dodgers at She Stadium Sunday night.

Dontrelle Willis never broached the topic of returning to the starting rotation with Manager Jim Leyland, content just to be back with the Tigers after a rehab stint in the minors.

But Willis will be back in a modified starting role on Tuesday when the Tigers play the Athletics in Willis' hometown of Oakland.

Willis, who has pitched only once in relief since coming off the disabled list May 21, will start against the A's but will be replaced no matter what after four or five innings by fellow Tigers starter Armando Galarraga.

Leyland understands it's a radical idea, especially after Galarraga went an impressive 81⁄3 innings in his last start against the Angels. But Leyland also understands what Willis could bring to the Tigers' staff and feels he owes the left-hander an opportunity to earn himself a spot back in the rotation.

Willis made two starts in April, but was injured in the first inning of his second start after he slipped off the mound while delivering a pitch.