George Springer missing second straight game with knee injury

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Astros rookie George Springer is out of the lineup today for the second straight game because of a sore right knee.

Houston manager Bo Porter said yesterday that Springer “could have played, but at the same time, when we think about it, it’s do you want to risk anything further happening so he could get treatment today.”

Springer got off to a very slow start after being called up in mid-April, but he’s been on fire lately and is hitting .251 with 12 homers and an .843 OPS in 47 games overall. All dozen of those homers have come in Springer’s last 30 games, during which time he’s posted a 1.055 OPS and the Astros have gone 18-12.

Mariners sign Mark Lowe

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The Mariners have signed reliever Mark Lowe, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Tigers released him on Sunday.

Lowe, 33, is entering the last of a two-year, $11 million deal signed with the Tigers in December 2015. The right-hander struggled to a 7.11 ERA with a 49/21 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings last season. His performance this spring didn’t do much to inspire confidence.

Lowe began his major league career with the Mariners, breaking out in 2009 with a 3.26 ERA across 80 innings. He has been inconsistent throughout most of his 11-year big league career, however.

Cardinals place Trevor Rosenthal on DL with lat strain

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The Cardinals announced on Thursday that pitcher Trevor Rosenthal has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Sam Tuivailala has been added to the roster in Rosenthal’s place.

The Cardinals’ closer until the second half last year, Rosenthal came into camp this spring hoping to battle for a rotation spot. However, the lat injury killed that dream. When Rosenthal is healthy, he’ll return to the bullpen.

Last season, Rosenthal posted a 4.46 ERA with 14 saves and a 56/29 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.