Mike Leake scratched from start with hamstring strain

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The Giants announced this evening that recently-acquired right-hander Mike Leake has been scratched from Friday’s start against the Cubs due to a mild left hamstring strain. Ryan Vogelsong will get the assignment in his place.

Leake came over from the Reds before the trade deadline in exchange for right-hander Keury Mella and first baseman Adam Duvall. The 27-year-old took the loss in his first start with San Francisco last Sunday after allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Rangers. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Leake suffered the injury during normal conditioning drills and the hope is that he’ll only have to miss one start.

This will be Vogelsong’s first start since the All-Star break. The 38-year-old has posted a 4.16 ERA and 75/43 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings over 16 starts and eight relief appearances this season.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal,¬†LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune¬†reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.