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Cardinals to call up prospect Jack Flaherty to start on Friday

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The Cardinals traded Mike Leake to the Mariners on Wednesday, which opened up a rotation spot. The club announced that prospect Jack Flaherty will be called up from Triple-A Memphis to start against the Giants on Friday in San Francisco. Friday, of course, is September 1, which is when rosters expand.

Flaherty, 21, was taken by the Cardinals in the first round (34th overall) of the 2014 draft. He’s the organization’s No. 3 prospect and No. 53 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. This season, between Memphis and Double-A Springfield, the right-hander posted an aggregate 2.18 ERA with a 147/35 K/BB ratio in 148 2/3 innings.

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.