Acquired from Cleveland for Chris Perez plus a player to be named later, Mark DeRosa jumped right into St. Louis' cleanup spot Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a walk hitting behind Albert Pujols. While not a prototypical cleanup hitter, DeRosa has batted .280/.364/.473 with 34 homers and 43 doubles since the beginning of last year, compared to the measly .220/.297/.387 produced behind Pujols so far.
He's a nice pickup for the Cardinals, who can either re-sign him or take draft pick compensation if he leaves as a free agent. Depending on the PTBNL the Indians also did fairly well cashing in a guy they acquired this winter for three mediocre prospects, because Perez is a 23-year-old with a 3.72 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 65 innings as a big leaguer and should be a quality setup man or closer option.
While the Cardinals help a lineup that beyond Pujols has hit just .248 with a .381 slugging percentage, here are some other notes from around baseball …
* Antonio Bastardo has been scratched from his scheduled Wednesday start with shoulder soreness and has left the team to undergo further tests, so Philadelphia will call up Carlos Carrasco to fill in. He's been the Phillies' top pitching prospect for years, but Carrasco's stats haven't quite matched the hype with a 4.14 ERA and 239/83 K/BB ratio in 237 innings between Double-A and Triple-A since 2008.
* Josh Outman's promising rookie year may be finished after Oakland transferred him to the 60-day disabled list Sunday. He had been sent to the 15-day DL last week with a sprained left elbow and there's speculation that he may be headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery that would knock him out into the middle of 2010. He'll meet with Dr. James Andrews before any decision is made.
* Adrian Beltre and the Mariners have already decided that he'll undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his left shoulder, but haven't settled on an exact date yet. In the meantime he's still playing, starting at third base and knocking in a run Sunday, but the surgery is expected to sideline him for at least a month and take place at some point this week. Chris Woodward seems like the probable fill in.
* Xavier Nady had to remove himself from a minor-league rehab game Thursday after experiencing pain in his partially torn elbow ligament and reportedly may be headed for Tommy John surgery. While the operation isn't as bad for hitters, he'd be finished for this year and questionable for the first few months of 2010, so the impending free agent may be done with the Yankees.
AL Quick Hits: Josh Hamilton (abdomen) is expected to start a rehab assignment Monday at Double-A … Zack Greinke was limited to 6.1 innings Sunday due to a rain delay, but picked up his 10th victory … Asdrubal Cabrera returned from the disabled list Sunday less than four weeks after suffering an ugly looking shoulder injury … Francisco Liriano turned in perhaps his best start of the season Sunday with seven innings of two-run ball … Aaron Hill went deep twice Sunday and has already set a career-high with 19 on the year … Adam Kennedy slid to third base Sunday with Mark Ellis coming off the DL … David Price gave up just one run in 6.1 innings Sunday, but again struggled with his control by walking five … Alexei Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a homer Sunday and is batting .301 with nine homers in his last 40 games … John Danks shut out the Cubs for seven innings Sunday for his fourth straight Quality Start … Reports suggest that impending free agent Jason Bay is close to beginning long-term contract talks with the Red Sox.
NL Quick Hits: Jamie Moyer moved past Bob Gibson into 45th place all time with his 252nd career victory Sunday … Kyle Lohse (forearm) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A … Nate Schierholtz went 4-for-5 with a homer Sunday and is hitting .312 with nine extra-base hits in 22 starts … Tommy Hanson improved to 4-0 with six scoreless innings Sunday and hasn't allowed a run in three starts … Ryan Sadowski tossed six shutout innings in his big-league debut Sunday, getting a dozen outs on the ground … Despite leading the team in wins, Shairon Martis is being bounced from the rotation to make room for Scott Olsen … Ryan Doumit (wrist) is slated to start rehabbing Tuesday at Single-A in the hopes of returning next week … Aaron Cook tossed eight innings of one-run ball Sunday, with Huston Street closing out his eighth win … Max Scherzer gave up eight runs Sunday, but only three were earned.