Gallardo set to return from the disabled list Thursday

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Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo suffered a minor strain in his left oblique during a July 4 start against the Cardinals and hit the 15-day disabled list one day later.  It’s been less than two weeks, and we already have a return date for the Milwaukee ace.

According to the Associated Press, Gallardo will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday evening for a start in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. 

The 24-year-old right-hander has posted an 8-4 record, a 2.58 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 18 starts for the Brewers this season.  Gallardo has also tallied 122 strikeouts in 111
2/3 innings while issuing only 48 walks.  He was rightfully named to the National League All-Star Team in mid-July, but he had to decline the invitation due to the minor oblique injury.

The Brewers currently sit nine games behind the Cardinals and Reds in the NL Central with a 41-50 record.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.