Mets activate Jon Niese from the disabled list

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ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have activated starter Jon Niese from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the roster, the Mets have designated reliever Buddy Carlyle for assignment.

Niese went on the disabled list on July 5 with inflammation of the A/C joint in his left shoulder. Niese faced only three batters in his last start, on July 4 against the Rangers, before exiting with discomfort. The 27-year-old lefty has a 2.96 ERA and a 74/28 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings this season.

Carlyle, 36, has spent most of this season with Triple-A Las Vegas. He compiled seven innings of relief work at the major league level for the Mets, posting a 1.29 ERA and a 7/3 K/BB ratio. Carlyle is a veteran of eight major league seasons, having pitched in the big leagues for the Padres, Dodgers, Braves, and Yankees along with the Mets.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.