Trevor Plouffe lands on disabled list with oblique injury

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Via Major League Baseball’s official transactions feed on Twitter …

Plouffe suffered the left oblique injury in Saturday’s 12-9 loss to the Tigers and will likely be sidelined for the next three weeks. The 28-year-old third baseman is batting .241/.320/.400 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 64 games played this season. Eduardo Nunez finished out Saturday’s loss at the hot corner and could be the Twins’ primary starter there for the remainder of June. Eduardo Escobar is another option.

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.