Astros to reevaluate George Springer over the weekend

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Astros outfielder suffered a minor setback in a rehab game on Wednesday, but it is only considered minor. Springer has received treatment today, and the Astros plan to reevaluate the rookie over the weekend, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Springer suffered his initial quad injury just before the All-Star break and landed on the 15-day disabled list on July 23, playing in just two games out of the break. The Astros are hoping to activate him soon, assuming they don’t get any bad news with his weekend evaluation. Manager Bo Porter says Springer could serve as the DH occasionally when he returns. Springer has a .231/.336/.468 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI on the season.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

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.