Eric Hurley diagnosed with skull fracture and concussion

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Rangers minor leaguer Eric Hurley was struck on the side of the head by a comebacker during an appearance Monday night at Triple-A Round Rock.

He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the Round Rock training staff thought it best that he spend a night in the hospital for monitoring.

He wound up spending two.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Hurley was finally released from the hospital on Wednesday morning but has been diagnosed with a small skull fracture and a moderate concussion.

Hurley hasn’t pitched in a major league game since the summer of 2008 because of should and wrist injuries, but also general ineffectiveness. The 25-year-old has a 5.47 career big league ERA, a 13/9 career K/BB ratio and a 1.42 career WHIP.

The Rangers aren’t offering up a timetable for his return. It could be several weeks or even several months.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.