Corey Hart opens his home to Mat Gamel

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Injured Milwaukee Brewer first basemen stick together. From Adam McCalvy of MLB.com:

Sure, it’s cliche to think of Major League teammates as family. But Corey Hart proved today that it can also be true. Hart has already extended an offer for Mat Gamel to move in with Hart and his family for the remainder of Spring Training.

They’re both rehabbing. Maybe more importantly, after yet another big injury right when he was poised to take over a big position, Gamel might understandably feel alienated. I know I would. It’s really cool for a fixture like Hart to invite Gamel into his home like that.

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.