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MLB notes: Dodgers can't make May payroll

This is a 2011 photo of Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. This image reflects the Los Angeles Dodgers active roster as of Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
This is a 2011 photo of Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. This image reflects the Los Angeles Dodgers active roster as of Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Major League Baseball believes the Los Angeles Dodgers do not have enough money to make their end of May payroll, a person familiar with the team's finances told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because MLB's investigation of the team's finances under owner Frank McCourt is ongoing. The Los Angeles Times first reported that the Dodgers lacked the cash to make their May 31 payroll.

The person said that if the Dodgers don't have the money, MLB would step in and make payroll.

"The fact that we had obligations coming due in 2011 was no surprise to us and no surprise to Major League Baseball," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement to the AP.

McCourt has publicly complained Selig has refused to approve a 17-year contract with Fox that could be worth more than $3 billion.

Elbow injury stalls Ethier's streak

Andre Ethier was removed from the Dodgers' starting lineup because of an inflamed left elbow, putting his 29-game hitting streak on hold, and closer Jonathan Broxton won't pitch until after an MRI exam of his aching right elbow.

Ethier felt discomfort Tuesday night, when he stretched his streak to 29 games, two shy of the franchise record that Willie Davis set in 1969. Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs was the first time this season Ethier wasn't in the starting lineup.

Twins call up ex-Knight Revere

The Twins have placed outfielder Jason Repko on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left quad and called up former Lexington Catholic star Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester. The team announced the moves before Wednesday's game against the White Sox. Repko is the sixth Twins player currently on the DL. Revere, an outfielder who turned 23 on Tuesday, was hitting .293 in 23 games at Rochester. He was 5-for-28 (.179) with the Twins in 13 games last season.

Short hops

■ Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya will have surgery on his right elbow Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Widely considered one of the hardest throwers in baseball, Zumaya hasn't pitched since breaking a bone near his elbow on June 28, 2010.

■ Cuban defector Leonys Martin finalized a $15.5 million, five-year contract with the Rangers, and the speedy center fielder could be in their lineup before the end of this season. Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said there is no immediate timetable for the 23-year-old outfielder.

■ The Blue Jays could get slugger Jose Bautista back Sunday. Manager John Farrell said Bautista, who was not in the starting lineup Wednesday for the second consecutive game against Tampa Bay because of neck spasms, was making progress and may be ready to swing a bat on Friday. He is hitting .357 with nine homers and 16 RBI in 25 games, after leading the majors with 54 homers last season.

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