Brewers and Indians work out a deal for Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren

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Yesterday several Rule 5 picks were sent back to their original teams, but the Brewers worked out a deal with the Indians for Chuck Lofgren to remain in the organization without being on the big-league roster all season.
In exchange for being able to keep Lofgren and, just as importantly, demote him to the minors immediately, Milwaukee shipped 25-year-reliever Omar Aguilar to Cleveland.
Had the two sides not been able to work out a deal the Indians would have had the option of taking Lofgren back for $25,000 (half the original $50,000 fee paid to draft him) or simply letting the Brewers keep him.
Lofgren was once a highly thought of prospect, but the 24-year-old left-hander hit a roadblock after advancing past Single-A. Combined between Double-A and Triple-A he’s 23-25 with a 4.74 ERA in 378 innings. Aguilar is a similar story, thriving in the low minors before posting a 7.71 ERA in 23 games at Double-A last season.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.