Henderson Alvarez leaves start with elbow soreness

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Being a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays is a pretty dangerous profession at the moment.

According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Henderson Alvarez left tonight’s start against the Red Sox in the sixth inning with soreness in his throwing elbow.

Alvarez is the fourth Blue Jays’ starter to leave a game due to injury in the past two weeks, joining Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. Ridiculous.

Has anybody checked on Ricky Romero? I’m worried. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Alex Anthopoulous to transfer him to a secure underground bunker at an undisclosed location.

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.