Giants place closer Brian Wilson on disabled list


John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have placed right-hander Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with inflammation in his throwing elbow.

Wilson has been battling elbow soreness since early last week and did not make enough progress this weekend. He’s eligible to return at the end of August.

The bearded closer has posted a 3.19 ERA and 52/31 K/BB ratio through 53 2/3 innings this season, converting 35-of-40 save opportunities.

San Francisco promoted right-hander Steve Edlefsen from Triple-A Frenso to provide bullpen depth.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.