Rangers acquire reliever Tim Wood from Pirates

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In the second waiver deal of the month, the Rangers have acquired right-hander Tim Wood from the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.  They then optioned the reliever to Triple-A Round Rock.

Wood, a 28-year-old who pitched for the Marlins in 2009-10, had a 5.63 ERA in eight innings for the Pirates this year before being designated for assignment Friday.  He throws 92-96 mph and shows a pretty good slider, but in 58 innings as a major leaguer, he’s walked 33 and struck out just 28.  The Rangers will likely call him up for relief depth in September, but he’ll need to impress then to become a part of their plans for 2012.

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

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The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.