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Report: Giants nearing agreement with Drew Stubbs


The Giants are nearing an agreement with veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs on a minor league contract, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Denard Span has been bothered by his surgically-repaired left hip, prompting manager Bruce Bochy to start Gorkys Hernandez in center field on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Adding Stubbs gives the Giants extra outfield depth.

Stubbs, 32, spent the 2016 season with the Braves, Rangers, and Orioles, hitting a combined .225/.330/.338 with three home runs, seven RBI, 13 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 94 plate appearances. While he doesn’t provide much in the way of power, Stubbs has speed and can play all three outfield spots.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.