Shin-Soo Choo looking at a mid-August return

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Jordan Bastian tweets that Shin-Soo Choo hopes to rejoin the Indians during a series against the White Sox from August 16-18.

Choo resumed baseball activities this week — hitting off a tee, mostly — and all seems to be fine.  The Indians haven’t given an official timetable for his return, but after a terrible season both on-and-off the field, you figure Choo would love to get back in the lineup and be part of a playoff push.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.