Indians rookie Alex White placed on DL with finger injury

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A day after exiting his start after three innings with a finger injury, Indians rookie Alex White was placed on the DL Saturday.

The Indians aren’t sure exactly what White did to the finger while throwing a slider in the third inning against the Reds.  He did stay in to finish the inning.

“I have no clue what it is. I’ve never had this,” White said Saturday before going for an MRI. “It’s sore and swollen. We’ve been treating it—ice and stuff—but we can’t really do much until we know what the problem is.”

If the injury proves to be minor, it’s not much of a setback for the Indians.  They were expected to replace White in the rotation with the rehabbing Mitch Talbot next week anyway.  Talbot, who has been out since mid-April with an elbow injury, allowed three runs over nine innings in his two starts for Triple-A Columbus.

It actually might be a good thing in the long run.  The Indians wanted to keep White’s inning total down, and giving him a few weeks off now might allow him to make a contribution at the end of the year.  The 22-year-old White, a first-round pick in 2009, had a 3.60 ERA in three starts for Cleveland.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.