San Diego closer Heath Bell has confirmed that he has been claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants, although even he is skeptical about whether he will actually end up with the defending World Series champions.
The burly right-hander said before Wednesday night's game — coincidentally at San Francisco — that he's planning to "sweat my butt off" when the Padres play at Arizona on Friday.
"I feel pretty honored. They're the world champs, they want me to be part of their organization," Bell said. "But nothing has happened right now. I'm a Padre, and I'm pretty happy about that. Until something happens, there's really not much to talk about."
San Diego has 48 hours from the time Bell was claimed to decide whether to trade the three-time All-Star, allow him to be claimed or pull him back from waivers. Giants General Manager Brian Sabean might also just be trying to block NL West-leading Arizona from landing Bell.
Morrison out of Twitter jail
A less loquacious Logan Morrison is back with the Florida Marlins after an 11-day demotion to the minors. Morrison annoyed the Marlins with his fondness for wisecracks and Twitter, and his steady stream of quotable comments — coupled with sinking productivity at the plate — earned him a ticket to Triple-A New Orleans. He claimed to return unchanged — "I'll be the same person," Morrison said Wednesday — but the Marlins are confident the demotion sent a message.
Indians pitcher falls short of record
Indians starter Josh Tomlin failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the first time in his career, falling one game short of setting a record. Tomlin had gone at least five innings in his first 37 career starts, becoming one of only two pitchers to do so since 1919. He was one game away from having the record to himself when the Mariners scored four runs in the fifth Wednesday to take a 6-2 lead. Tomlin shares the mark with former Indians pitcher and current Blue Jays manager John Farrell.
■ Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was a late scratch Wednesday after hurting himself taking pre-game swings. Moments before the game with Seattle, the Indians announced that Choo was not playing because of "left trunk soreness." He got hurt taking batting practice in the indoor cages.
■ Dodgers catcher and former Paul Dunbar standout A.J. Ellis hit his first career homer Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals.
■ Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman said he wants to stay with the Cardinals next season. Berkman, who has a one-year, $8 million contract, is having a comeback year with 29 homers, 78 RBI and a .290 average.
■ Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because of a sprained left thumb. A-Rod was injured Sunday during his first game back from knee surgery.
■ Pirates left fielder Ryan Ludwick went on the 15-day DL with back spasms.