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Craig Bjornson To Take Over As Bullpen Coach For Red Sox

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Following Dana Levangie’s promotion to pitching coach, the Boston Red Sox have found his replacement to take over as the team’s new bullpen coach- Craig Bjornson.

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reported Sunday afternoon that- “according to sources”- Bjornson will indeed take over.

Bjornson, 48, has been the bullpen coach for the Houston Astros for the last four seasons, and five of the last six. He rejoins new manager Alex Cora, as Cora was Houston’s bench coach in their 2017 championship season.

With Bjornson’s addition, the Red Sox have completed their new and revamped coaching staff for 2018. Bjornson joins Tom Goodwin (1B), Carlos Febles (3B), Ron Roenicke (bench), Tim Hyers (hitting), Andy Barkett (assistant hitting), and Ramon Vazquez (quality control) as new coaching hires after Cora was named manager.

Despite being widely liked by players, the Astros weren’t set to bring Bjornson back next season.

2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel credits Bjornson with helping him revamp his game.

With the coaching staff all set, it’s now time to see what players the Red Sox bring in this offseason.

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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