Henry Rodriguez undergoes season-ending elbow surgery

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It seems like forever ago, but Henry Rodriguez began this season as the Nationals’ closer.

And he’ll end it on the disabled list, as the team announced that Rodriguez had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow and will be sidelined for at least three months.

Rodriguez has actually been on the DL since August 2 with a back injury and previously missed a month after slamming his finger in a door around midseason.

In between all the injuries he threw 29 innings with a 5.81 ERA and 31/22 K/BB ratio, showing the combination of high-90s velocity and incredibly shaky control that has been the story of his career.

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.