Indians place Michael Brantley on paternity list
BALTIMORE -- The Cleveland Indians have placed outfielder Michael Brantley on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
Brantley injured the ankle earlier this month and aggravated it last week. So, upon returning from the paternity list Monday, he was moved to the DL.
Manager Terry Francona says Brantley hadn't recovered from the injury sufficiently enough to rejoin the team.
Francona says: "With the 10-day DL, we can give him a chance to get it to where he's not limping around all year. He just needs a little more time."
The Indians did not immediately make a roster move because Brantley did not count against the 25-man limit while on the paternity list.
Brantley played in 54 games this season and was batting.296 with 13 doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI. He played in just 11 games in 2016.
Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres needs Tommy John
NEW YORK -- Top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres has a torn ligament in his non-throwing elbow and will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him until spring training.
Torres, a 20-year-old who was the top player in the Arizona Fall League, was injured Saturday on a head-first slide into home plate for Triple-A Scranton.
He was examined Monday by Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the team said he has a torn left ulnar collateral ligament.
MLB upholds Strickland's six-game susp. for Harper brawl
ATLANTA -- San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland began serving a six-game suspension Monday for brawling with Bryce Harper after his appeal was denied by John McHale, Jr., a special assistant to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The penalty stemmed from a benches-clearing incident between the Giants and Washington Nationals on May 29.
Strickland plunked Harper on the right hip with a 98 mph fastball, igniting an eighth-inning fight that ended with Strickland being dragged to the Giants dugout by several teammates.
Harper was suspended for four games, which was reduced to three games after his appeal. He has already served the penalty.
MLB denied Strickland's appeal, which means he'll miss all four games of the series against the Braves as well as the first two games of a weekend series in San Francisco against the New York Mets.
Green Bay fan sues over Bears' sideline ban on Pack gear
CHICAGO -- One Green Bay Packers fan is going to court over a favorite Wisconsin pastime of disparaging the arch rival Chicago Bears.
Russell Beckman filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday accusing the Bears of violating his free-speech rights by prohibiting fans from wearing Packers apparel at Bears' pregame warmups. He is seeking a court order lifting the ban.
Beckman lives in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, near the Illinois state line and holds Bears seasons tickets. Season-ticket holders can attend certain pregame warmups on the sidelines.
The Bears sent Beckman an email before a December Bears-Packers game warning in capital letters, "NO OPPOSING TEAM GEAR WILL BE ALLOWED." He went in Packers apparel anyway and was turned away.
The Bears didn't respond to a message seeking comment Monday.
Oklahoma QB Mayfield accepts guilty plea for 3 misdemeanors
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A prosecutor says Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was fined $300 and ordered to pay court costs after accepting a guilty plea to three misdemeanors following his arrest earlier this year in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Fayetteville City Prosecutor Brian Thomas said Monday that Mayfield accepted a guilty plea last week to public intoxication, fleeing and disorderly conduct. The charges are each punishable by up to 30 days in jail, but Thomas says Mayfield was only fined.
Thomas says he dropped a charge of refusing to submit to arrest.
The prosecutor says the deal Mayfield received is a typical offer and that the quarterback was "treated like anyone else."
Last week, the Sooners announced internal sanctions against Mayfield, including 35 hours of community service and an alcohol education program. He won't miss any games.