Brewers prospect Santo Manzanillo separates shoulder in car accident

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Pitching prospect Santo Manzanillo was involved in a car accident this morning in the Dominican Republic and the Brewers have issued a statement saying he “suffered a separated right shoulder and is currently undergoing further tests.”

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides some additional details, reporting that “a truck struck Manzanillo’s Hummer on a highway in La Romana while Manzanillo was on his way to the Brewers’ new baseball academy.”

Manzanillo was added to the 40-man roster two weeks ago after a breakout season between high Single-A and Double-A as a 22-year-old, throwing 62 innings with a 1.75 ERA and 62/26 K/BB ratio.

If the shoulder injury doesn’t set him back significantly Manzanillo could be a bullpen option for the Brewers in the second half and projects as a late-inning reliever with a mid-90s fastball.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.