Domonic Brown headed for MRI exam on sprained thumb

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Domonic Brown injured his right thumb diving for a ball in the outfield earlier this week and now he’s headed for an MRI exam.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the initial diagnosis is a sprained thumb, but the Phillies will have a better idea about his recovery timetable once the MRI results are in.

Brown seemed likely to begin this season at Triple-A anyway, as the Phillies have continued to resist the urge to simply give one of the better outfield prospects in baseball the opportunity to play every day in the majors at age 24. He’s hit .298 with an .843 OPS in 68 games at Triple-A so far.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.