Rangers activate Colby Lewis from DL, send Martin Perez back to minors

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Another day, another Rangers pitcher back from the disabled list.

This time it’s Colby Lewis, who returns after missing nearly a month with forearm tightness, and the Rangers sent rookie Martin Perez back to Triple-A to make room on the roster.

Lewis got rocked for eight runs in his final outing before being shut down, but before that he had a 3.00 ERA and 84/12 K/BB ratio in 96 innings. He’ll get the A’s this afternoon in his first start back and tossed eight innings of two-run ball versus Oakland on June 6.

Perez was rushed to the majors despite not having particularly good numbers at Triple-A and the 21-year-old made two starts and two relief appearances while allowing 10 runs in 13 innings.

Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

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Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.

Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.

Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.