SAN DIEGO — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said right-hander Tim Lincecum has received cortisone shots in both hips to treat a degenerative condition.
Bochy says the affliction is common in athletes, and Lincecum will rest for four or five days. It is not considered a career-threatening injury.
Lincecum (7-4, 4.13 ERA) has been on the disabled list since June 28 with a bruised right forearm. He flew to Tennessee on Sunday and had an MRI exam Monday. He then rejoined the club in San Diego.
Royals activate Medlen
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have reinstated Kris Medlen from the disabled list, putting the right-handed pitcher back in the majors for the first time since his second Tommy John surgery early last year.
Medlen will begin in the Royals' bullpen, although that could change later in the season. Kansas City signed him to a two-year contract in December.
"He's worked so hard to get back from the second Tommy John surgery and the rehab," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It took about a year and a half to get through it. He provides depth down there. He's a really good big league pitcher."
Yost said he would not use the 29-year-old Medlen on back-to-back days as a reliever.
To make roster space for Medlen, the Royals optioned right-hander Yohan Pino to Class AAA Omaha.
Pirates' Mercer out 6 weeks
PITTSBURGH — Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is expected to miss six weeks because of a knee injury.
The Pirates put Mercer on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was hurt in a collision with Carlos Gomez in Milwaukee.
Jung Ho Kang replaced Mercer on Sunday and will likely take over in the interim. Pittsburgh also is missing third baseman Josh Harrison, out until the end of August with a thumb injury.
Mercer was taken back to Pittsburgh on Sunday night and evaluated by team doctors on Monday. They recommended rest and rehabilitation, but no surgery.
The Pirates promoted infielder Brent Morel from Class AAA Indianapolis and transferred first baseman Corey Hart to the 60-day DL.
Dodgers place Ellis on DL
ATLANTA — The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed catcher A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation and recalled rookie catcher Austin Barnes from Class AAA Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers needed help at catcher. Yasmani Grandal left Sunday's game after taking a ball off his mask. X-rays were negative.
Meanwhile, outfielder Carl Crawford joined the team and is expected to be activated on Tuesday. He has been out since April 28 with a right oblique strain.
In other news:
Nationals: Selected the contract of right-handed reliever Abel de Los Santos from Class AA Harrisburg and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Class AAA Syracuse.
Washington also moved left fielder Jayson Werth from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
Reds: Put reliever Manny Parra on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow, leaving them without a left-hander in the bullpen other than closer Aroldis Chapman for a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Rangers: Recalled right-hander Nick Martinez from Class AAA Round Rock to start Monday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.
Braves: Reinstated lefthander Andrew McKirahan from his 80-game suspension and optioned right-hander Ryan Kelly to Class AAA Gwinnett.