Javier Vazquez takes bereavement leave from Marlins

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Javier Vazquez has been placed on the bereavement list and there’s no timetable for his return to the Marlins, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

No further details were given. Vazquez struggled in last night’s start against the Phillies as his ERA ballooned to 6.68 and afterward said: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing.”

Vazquez will be eligible to rejoin the active roster Friday and his next scheduled start is Sunday against the Nationals.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons — the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical.