Dodgers activate Josh Beckett for Wednesday start

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From the Dodgers’ official Twitter account …

Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the end of spring training with a thumb injury and then tweaked his right ankle during an April 4 rehab start at High-A Rancho Cucamonga. But he’s healthy now and is expected to serve as the Dodgers’ fifth starter going forward. Beckett hasn’t pitched in a major league game since last May. That will change when he takes the mound Wednesday night against the Tigers.

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.