Giants and Ryan Vogelsong working toward a one-year deal

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It appeared that Ryan Vogelsong was closing in on a deal with the Astros just a couple of days ago, but the Giants jumped back into the mix last night and now Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it looks like a reunion will come to fruition.

Assuming the Giants get it done, it’s expected to be a one-year deal. Tim Hudson is coming off right ankle surgery and Matt Cain had season-ending elbow surgery last year, so Vogelsong is good insurance to have around. If everybody is healthy, the defending World Series champs plan to go with Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Jake Peavy, Hudson, and Tim Lincecum in their rotation and keep Yusmiero Petit in his swingman role.

Vogelsong, 37, is coming off a 4.00 ERA and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings across 32 starts last season.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.