Dodgers designate Garret Anderson for assignment

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have designated outfielder Garret Anderson for assignment. 

The move allowed the club to add outfielder Jay Gibbons, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2007 but was batting .347/.375/.594 with 19 homers and 83 RBI in 94 games at Triple-A Albuquerque.  He’ll serve as a nice late-innings pinch-hitter as the Dodgers attempt to climb back into contention.  They currently sit seven games back of the Padres for the top spot in the National League West and six games back of the Giants for the Wild Card.

Anderson, 38, was batting just .181/.204/.271 this season with two home runs and 12 RBI over 155 at-bats.  He will have the option of electing free agency, but the veteran may be better off sticking with the Dodgers organization and hoping for a late-season promotion.  He signed a minor league contract back in early March.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.