Troy Tulowitzki won’t rejoin Rockies this week

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Troy Tulowitzki hasn’t played a game for the Rockies since May 30, but we heard last week that he was hoping to make his return from groin surgery for the final series of the regular season this week against the Diamondbacks. Not anymore.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki is now expected to finish his season in the instructional league rather than rejoin the Rockies. He played six innings at shortstop today and even hit a home run. Even though he won’t play in one of the final two regular season games, he should still go into the offseason with some peace of mind.

Tulowitzki, who turns 28 next week, batted .287/.360/.486 with eight home runs, 27 RBI and an .846 OPS in 47 games played this year. He’s still guaranteed $144 million on the massive 10-year, $157.75 million extension he signed with the Rockies last year.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.