Kyle Weiland unlikely to return from surgery this year

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Houston lost shortstop Jed Lowrie to the disabled list yesterday and the other player they got from the Red Sox in the Mark Melancon swap, right-hander Kyle Weiland, is unlikely to pitch again this season.

Weiland underwent shoulder surgery in May and was initially hoping to return relatively quickly, but an infection ruined those plans and general manager Jeff Luhnow admitted to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he’d “be surprised if he made it back into the competition this year.”

If healthy he’ll likely compete for spot at the back of the Astros’ rotation next year.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.