MLB notebook: Cubs did not tamper with Maddon, MLB says

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Major League Baseball announced there was no tampering when manager Joe Maddon left the Tampa Bay Rays and signed with the Chicago Cubs.

“The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday.

Maddon had one year remaining on his contract when he left Tampa Bay in late October, taking advantage of an opt-out clause in his contract after Rays executive Andrew Friedman left to become the vice president of baseball operations with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A few days later, on Oct. 31, Maddon agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with the Cubs. He officially signed his contract on Nov. 3.

The Rays suspected there had been prior contact and asked MLB to investigate potential tampering.

—The New York Yankees placed right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain.

The team also recalled infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before their game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tanaka was slated to start Wednesday on five days’ rest but alerted the Yankees to the problem Tuesday. He went for an MRI exam, and Cashman described the injuries as “point tender” in his wrist and a “very mild strain” in the forearm.

—The Cincinnati Reds placed left-hander Manny Parra on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained neck.

The team also moved right-hander Homer Bailey, who is out with a sprained elbow, to the 60-day DL.

Parra was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in seven games. His move to the DL opened a spot for Michael Lorenzen, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Bailey might not be returning to the mound any time soon. Manager Bryan Price told reporters before Tuesday night’s game that Bailey might need surgery.

—The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.

The team also recalled left-hander Sammy Solis from Double-A Harrisburg and optioned right-hander A.J. Cole to Triple-A.

Johnson, 38, suffered a leg injury Tuesday night in Washington’s 13-12 win over the Atlanta Braves. Manager Matt Williams referred to it as a foot injury after the game, but the team called it a strained calf Wednesday.

Taylor, 24, began the season as the Nationals’ starting center fielder but was sent down to Syracuse after Denard Span returned from the disabled list April 19.

— The Boston Red Sox made four player moves, designating right-hander Anthony Varvaro for assignment, sending outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalling pitchers Tommy Layne and Dalier Hinojosa.

Varvaro had given up four runs on eight hits over his last 3 1/3 innings. Bradley lasted just one day in his most recent call-up. He hit just .198 last season.

Layne, a left-hander, appeared in four games for Boston earlier this season, allowing three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Hinojosa, a 29-year-old right-hander, is 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in four games with Pawtucket this season.