Joe Mauer, Tsuyoshi Nishioka set for extended spring games

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The Twins will move a step closer to getting a pair of regulars back in their lineup when Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka appear in extended spring games this week.

Mauer, who has been on the DL since April 14 with bilateral leg weakness, is set to appear as a DH on Wednesday.  Nishioka, who suffered a fractured ribula on April 7, will make his debut Friday as a shortstop.

While Mauer is going to get into a game first, there’s a good chance Nishioka will beat him back to Minnesota.  Mauer still needs to regain strength and stamina, whereas Nishioka mainly just needs to find his swing after a month and a half off.  Nishioka is expected to play in about 10 minor league games.  Ideally, both players would come off the DL in the first half of June.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.