Kansas City Royals pitcher Mike Boddicker was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a strained ligament in his right elbow.
The Royals activated pitcher Mark Gubicza, who was to start last night in Toronto. Gubicza has recovered from rotator cuff surgery.
Boddicker, signed as a free agent this year by the Royals, has a strain in the medial collateral ligament on the inside of his elbow. He was to take cortisone for eight days.
* GIANTS: Kevin Mitchell, the major-league home-run leader, hopes to return soon to the lineup, after suffering a sprained right ankle.
Mitchell, who has hit 10 home runs, sprained the ankle Monday night while trying to steal second base in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. He left the game and was taken to Palo Alto Medical Clinic, where X-rays revealed no break.
* RANGERS: The club talked to pitcher Nolan Ryan, 44, Monday about trying to find a way to keep the pitcher in the organization after he retires.
Ryan, 44, said he was intrigued by the proposal, but wouldn't say whether talk of retirement provisions means he is planning to end his playing career.
Ryan has been approached by at least two groups to become a partner in a new ownership group when John McMullen sells the Houston Astros.