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Astros release minor leaguer Danry Vasquez, who was arrested earlier this month


On Tuesday, we learned that on August 4, Astros minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence committed at Whataburger Field, the home of the Astros’ Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi.

Commissioner Rob Manfred handed Vasquez an indefinite suspension, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. The Astros have released Vasquez, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Vasquez had been on unpaid administrative leave since August 4.

Vasquez, 22, had been in the Astros’ organization since 2013. This season, at Double-A, he hit .265/.322/.374 in 233 plate appearances.

Video: Bryce Harper hit a 481-foot home run

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 15:   Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits a 7th inning go-ahead RBI double against the Colorado Rockies during a game  at Coors Field on August 15, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper came into Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Rockies homerless since July 20. He ended his power outage in spectacular fashion, blasting a two-run home run to right-center field at Coors Field that went 481 feet.

Harper is having what would be to most other players a great season. But because he set the bar so high with his performance last year, his 2016 campaign is considered a disappointment. He’s hitting .241/.383/.455 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI this year.

Aaron Nola has a low-grade sprained UCL and low-grade strained flexor tendon

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 23:  Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after allowing a two run single to Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning during the game at PNC Park on July 23, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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The Phillies shut starter Aaron Nola down for the season, moving him to the 60-day disabled list after he was diagnosed with a low-grade sprain of his UCL and a low-grade strain of the flexor tendon in his right elbow, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.

Nola saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He’ll be shut down from baseball activities for the next four weeks, and then the Phillies will ramp up his workload, Montemurro adds. The Phillies expect Nola to be ready for spring training next year, as does Nola.

Nola, 23, struggled for much of the season, putting up a 4.78 ERA with a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. The Phillies selected him in the first round — seventh overall — in the 2014 draft. He impressed in 13 major league starts last season, his first season in the big leagues.