Peter Bourjos hit on hand, taken for x-rays

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Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos was hit on the hand with a 91 MPH fastball from Astros starter Jordan Lyles in the top of the fourth this afternoon. He was taken out of the lineup after the inning and replaced by J.B. Shuck. Bourjos left to have x-rays taken on his hand, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times.

Bourjos had already missed six weeks between April 30 and June 9 with a strained left hamstring and returned to the Angels lineup for the first time this afternoon since jamming his left thumb while sliding in a game against the Pirates on Sunday. Bourjos is hitting .326 on the year, a marked improvement over his 2012 season, when he hit .220.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.