Tim Stauffer out 4-6 weeks after appendectomy

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After years of bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the majors Tim Stauffer looked to be grabbing a permanent spot on the Padres’ pitching staff by posting a 0.39 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio in 23.1 innings. And now he’s out for a month following an emergency appendectomy.
Stauffer was sleeping in a hotel room in San Francisco when abdominal pain woke him in the wee hours yesterday morning. He hopped on his iPhone and punched the symptoms into WebMD.com, finally calling Padres trainer Todd Hutcheson at 3:15 a.m. “He had himself diagnosed,” Hutcheson said. “He said, ‘I think I have appendicitis.’ It was pretty swollen, his whole side of the stomach was pretty tight.”
Sure enough, Stauffer took a taxi to the nearest hospital and underwent an appendectomy, which Hutcheson said is a first for him in 20 years as the Padres’ trainer. Roy Halladay is the last prominent pitcher to have an in-season appendectomy, missing about three weeks of action in 2007, so there’s a chance Stauffer could be back by early next month. In the meantime maybe he can put his diagnostic skills to work assisting the trainer. If nothing else, his new nickname needs to be “Doc.”

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.