Giants activate Matt Cain from the disabled list for Friday’s start

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Via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants have activated Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list in time to make tonight’s start against the Mets. To clear room on the roster, the club has designated lefty David Huff for assignment.

Cain went on the disabled list retroactive to May 22 with a strained right hamstring. The Giants had hoped he was healthy enough to make last Saturday’s start against the Cardinals, but decided to be cautious and give Cain the time he needed to recuperate.

Cain, 29, resumes his season with a 3.66 ERA and a 39/17 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings across eight starts. He’ll be opposed by Jonathon Niese for tonight’s match in San Francisco.

Huff, 29, posted a 6.30 ERA with an 11/6 K/BB ratio over 20 innings out of the bullpen.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.