Bill Baer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 4:  Pitcher Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants throws in relief against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on October 4, 2015 in San Francisco, California, during the final day of the regular season.  The Rockies won 7-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Giants activated Sergio Romo from the disabled list

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The Giants announced on Monday afternoon that the club activated reliever Sergio Romo from the disabled list, optioned pitcher Albert Suarez to Triple-A Sacramento, and designated pitcher Michael Broadway for assignment.

Romo, 33, has been out since mid-April due to a flexor strain in his right elbow. He was rehabbing in late May but experienced fatigue and was shut down, prolonging his absence. Prior to the injury, he had allowed a run on one hit and one walk with one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.

Though Romo has lost his role as the Giants’ closer over the last two seasons, he has still proven to be a reliable reliever. His return should be a nice boost for the bullpen.

Report: Rangers took “a hard look” at Ervin Santana on Friday

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 19: Ervin Santana #54 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning of the game on May 19, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported on Sunday that the Rangers recently took “a hard look” at Twins starter Ervin Santana during his start on Friday. The right-hander went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

The Rangers are hard up for pitching depth, with a slew of quality pitchers on the disabled list, including Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis, and Derek Holland. Behind ace Cole Hamels, the rotation currently includes Martin Perez, A.J. Griffin, Nick Martinez, and Chi Chi Gonzalez. Perez and Griffin have been good thus far, while Martinez and Gonzalez have struggled in a small sample of starts. Adding a reliable veteran starter into the mix could go along way towards helping the Rangers maintain their stranglehold on first place in the AL West. They entered Monday’s action 52-31, leading the second-place Astros and Mariners by 8.5 games.

Santana, 33, has a meager 4.50 ERA with a 60/26 K/BB ratio in 84 innings. His strikeout rate is in decline for a second consecutive season, which might give interested teams pause for concern. He’s also owed the remaining balance of $13.5 million for this season and $13.5 million in 2017 and ’18, plus a $14 million club option for ’19.

Reds fire pitching coach Mark Riggins

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 19:  Pitching Coach Mark Riggins #49 of the Cincinnati Reds talks with pitcher Robert Stephenson #55 of the Cincinnati Reds and catcher Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park on April 19, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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After dropping Sunday’s game 12-1, the Reds decided to shake things up, firing pitching coach Mark Riggins. The club announced that assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach Mack Jenkins will replace Riggins. Ted Power, the pitching coach at Triple-A Louisville, will take over Jenkins’ old job.

Riggins was the pitching coordinator for the Reds’ minor league system from 2012-15. The Reds made him their pitching coach early last offseason.

The Reds’ starting rotation has an aggregate 5.23 ERA, the second-worst mark in baseball behind the Twins (5.51). The Reds’ 5.95 bullpen ERA is the worst mark in baseball by a large margin. The Rockies are second-worst at 5.02.

In fairness to Riggins, one can only do so much with so little, but pitching coaches, hitting coaches, and managers tend to take the fall even when rebuilding teams falter.