Mike Leake on schedule to return from the disabled list and start on Tuesday

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Giants starter Mike Leake is on schedule to return from the disabled list and start against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Leake has been sidelined since August 3 due to a strained left hamstring suffered after his Giants debut on August 2 against the Rangers. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Leake came over to the Giants from the Reds in a trade on July 30 that sent first baseman Adam Duvall and minor league pitcher Keury Mella to Cincinnati. Prior to the trade, Leake had made 21 starts for the Reds, posting a 3.56 ERA with a 90/34 K/BB ratio in 136 2/3 innings.

Leake, 27, will be eligible for free agency after the season. He’s earning $9.775 million for the 2015 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.