White Sox place Nate Jones on the disabled list

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Nate Jones walked both batters he faced Thursday and now the White Sox have placed him on the disabled list with a strained hip.

Jones suffered the injury early in spring training–it was called a glute injury at the time–but recovered enough to begin the season on the active roster as a setup man after losing the closer competition to Matt Lindstrom. However, he aggravated the injury Thursday and the White Sox decided to shut him down.

Jones heads to the DL with an infinite ERA, having allowed four runs without recording an out in two appearances. He faced five total batters, giving up two hits and three walks.

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.