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Diamondbacks Claim Former Pitching Prospect Henry Owens Off Waivers From Red Sox

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Just two days after being released by the Boston Red Sox, left-hander Henry Owens was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Owens, 25, didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2017.

A former first-round pick by the Red Sox in 2011, Owens entered the 2015 season as the organization’s top prospect. He made his Major League debut on August 4 of that year, going 4-4 in 11 starts for Boston with a 4.57 ERA in 63 innings; but in 2016, was 0-2 in five starts with a 6.95 ERA, including 20 walks in 22 innings.

In 26 Minor League starts in 2017 (14 in triple-A Pawtucket, 12 in double-A Portland), Owens was 7-11 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 126 innings pitched. His walks-per-nine rate was 8.21, nearly three free passes higher than his 2016 mark of 5.3 across 137 2/3 innings coming entirely for the triple-A Paw Sox (10-7, 3.53 ERA).

Since Owens was showing no signs of improving his control, the Red Sox ultimately decided someone else would be a better fit on their 40-man roster.

A primary starting pitcher, Owens has made only one professional relief appearance, which came in 2012 for the Greenville Drive, Boston’s class-A affiliate.

Owens reunites in Arizona with general manager Mike Hazen, who held the same position for the Red Sox from September 2015 to October 2016 after being promoted from senior vice president/assistant general manager.

For Owens, this is great for him. The Red Sox weren’t giving him any more chances; but by joining Arizona, has a legitimate chance to rejuvenate his career. He just needs to improve on his control which has gotten worse every year since 2014.

A change of scenery- joining a smaller market- can help him do that. Solid pickup for the D’Backs.

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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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