Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick visit Boston Marathon bombing victim

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According to John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick of the Athletics visited a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings prior to their game against the Red Sox this evening. Athletics third base coach Tye Waller also made the trip.

Moss, Reddick, and Waller went to the Boston Children’s Hospital to see 11-year-old Aaron Hern, who is from the Oakland area. Hern was standing near the second blast last Monday while watching his mom run the Marathon. He has already undergone three surgeries as the result of his injuries.

While they went there to put a smile on Hern’s face, Reddick explained that they walked away from the visit genuinely touched by the experience.

“I think we were there to help him forget,” Reddick said. “He had a big smile and to see his face light up when we got there was just tremendous.

“By the time we left, I felt I got more out of it than he did. What happened really put things in perspective.”

Good on you, fellas. The Athletics hope to honor Hern and his family later this summer during a game at the O.co Coliseum.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.