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Yankees Place Reliever Tommy Kahnle On 10-Day DL

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The New York Yankees placed relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday due to right shoulder tendinitis.

The move is retroactive to April 16. Before their game against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday evening, the Yankees announced that they had placed Kahnle on the DL and recalled right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Kahnle, 28, has gotten off to a rough start this season. The right-hander has a 6.14 ERA in six appearances and his velocity has been down. Kahnle was traded to the Yankees last season in the deal that also sent Todd Frazier and David Robertson to the Bronx. He was a big part of the Yankees bullpen in the second half of the 2017 season, going 1-1 with an ERA of 2.70 in 32 appearances.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke about Kahnle’s injury prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Boone believes that Kahnle’s shoulder tendinitis is a minor situation.

It does not appear as though Kahnle will sidelined for longer than 10 days. He should be ready to return to the Yankees bullpen soon.

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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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