Two days later, Indians reclaim infielder Wes Hodges

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Wes Hodges, the Indians’ second-round pick in 2006, was reclaimed on waivers Thursday after being lost to the Rockies just two days earlier.
The Indians originally designated Hodges for assignment on July 27, back when they still had Kerry Wood, Jhonny Peralta, Jake Westbrook, and Austin Kearns all occupying 40-man roster spots. Suddenly free of their roster jam, they were happy to take him back after the Rockies tried to slip him through waivers.
Hodges was considered expendable initially after hitting just .270/.316/.423 in 366 at-bats for Triple-A Columbus. The Georgia Tech product looked like a strong prospect through 2008, but there were always questions about his ability to stay at third base and he’s been a big disappointment offensively since moving to first base last year. Because he turns 26 next month, he has to be considered a long shot to make it in the majors.

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.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.