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Braves Claim Right-Hander Chase Whitley Off Waivers From Rays

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The Atlanta Braves lost a right-handed reliever in Jim Johnson on Thursday; however, they filled that hole the next day as Chase Whitley was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Whitley, 28, made a career high 41 appearances in 2017 for the Rays- all in relief. Overall, he was 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA (was 3.36 prior to his second-to-last appearance of the season).

A former 15th-round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 2010, Whitley made his Major League debut in 2014 for New York, going 4-3 with a 5.24 ERA in 24 games (12 starts).

Due to Tommy John surgery, Whitley was limited to just nine total games in 2015 (four for Yankees) and 2016 (five for Rays).

According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, the Braves are still interested in adding an established closer or setup man to their roster.

The addition of Whitley continues Atlanta’s busy off-season of revamping their bullpen. They claimed left-hander Grant Dayton off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 20, and picked up Minor League left-hander Justin Kelly as part of the Johnson deal.

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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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