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Jeremy Hellickson in minor car accident

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MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli reports that Orioles’ right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was involved in a minor car accident while driving to the airport on Saturday. The details have yet to be released by the club, but Hellickson appears to be fine and will fly out to Baltimore on Sunday after tending to his girlfriend in the emergency room.

The 30-year-old righty was acquired by the Orioles on Friday in a trade that sent outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Phillies. He’ll help bolster a weakened pitching staff as the team makes a push for the postseason and could debut sometime during Baltimore’s upcoming seven-game homestand against the Royals and Tigers. Ghiroli adds that club manager Buck Showalter has not decided where Hellickson will fit in the rotation, but currently has “all options on the table.”

We’re going to let everything clear a little bit, especially with as hectic as these next two days will be [leading up to the Trade Deadline],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters. “Until we get our arms around him physically. I know he was working on one extra day’s rest, hadn’t pitched since the 22nd. I’d like to get a light work day. …We’ve got a tentative idea, but until we know how he’s feeling, how everything else is.

Ubaldo Jimenez and Dylan Bundy have been pencilled into the first two games of the Orioles’ homestand, which is scheduled to kick off on Monday evening. Hellickson is expected to throw on Sunday before joining the team for Monday’s game and will presumably be available later in the week.

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.