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Phillies place Aaron Altherr on DL, activate Cesar Hernandez

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The Phillies placed outfielder Aaron Altherr on the 10-day disabled list and activated second baseman Cesar Hernandez, the team announced on Monday.

Altherr, 26, strained his right hamstring running out a double during Friday’s loss to the Brewers. He has been one of the few bright spots for the Phillies this year, batting .288/.359/.539 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 301 plate appearances. Daniel Nava, Cameron Perkins, and Ty Kelly all figure to get increased playing time while Altherr is out.

Hernanez, 27, missed a little over five weeks with a strained left oblique. He resumes his season batting .277/.336/.399 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 259 PA. Hernandez has been brought up in trade rumors every now and then, so there is a chance he won’t be wearing a Phillies uniform when August begins.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.