The Phillies’ stat guy is now a full-time employee

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It was reported in November that the Phillies had finally hired a stat guy from MLB’s labor relations department, but we later learned that he wasn’t a full-time employee and that it was being referred to as an “externship.” Well, the Phillies must have liked what they saw from him because he’s now on board as an employee:

Good for the Phillies, even if they are 10 years behind the rest of the world. On a related note, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. recently started watching “LOST.” He’s dying to know what the numbers mean.

Rangers activate Elvis Andrus from disabled list

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The Rangers made a handful of roster moves on Monday, per the club’s executive VP of communications John Blake. Shortstop Elvis Andrus has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Catcher Jose Trevino was optioned to Double-A Frisco. And yesterday, outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Round Rock.

The big news, of course, is the return of Andrus. He missed over two months of action after suffering a fractured right elbow on April 11 when he was hit by a 97 MPH fastball. Andrus had gotten off to a good start, batting .327/.426/.500 in 61 plate appearances.

Jurickson Profar handled shortstop while Andrus was out and did an adequate job. While his defense was subpar according to the metrics, he hit .243/.315/.456 across 267 trips to the plate. With Andrus back, Profar will likely slide back into a utility role for the Rangers.