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Mariners Place Nelson Cruz On 10-Day Disabled List With Right Ankle Sprain

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Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz was placed on the 10-day disabled list by the team on Tuesday morning due to a right ankle sprain.

The move is retroactive to April 1, meaning Cruz can return to the lineup on April 11.

Cruz joins teammates Ben Gamel (right oblique) and Mike Zunino (left oblique) on the 10-day DL.

Utilityman Taylor Motter was recalled by Seattle from triple-A Tacoma to take Cruz’s spot on the roster.

In two games this year, Cruz homered in both of them, and suffered the injury slipping on the dugout steps at Safeco Field on Saturday after hitting his second blast of the early season.

“Hopefully, Nelly gets back quicker than most,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais. “He’s not going to be playing defense, so it’s just a matter of feeling good with a bat in his hand and being able to get down the line a little bit. We’ll make adjustments. It’s part of it. You have to deal with the crazy stuff that happens through the course of a year. We’ve just had a lot happen here early.”

No ligament damage was revealed in an MRI performed on Cruz.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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