Giants sign right-hander Alfredo Aceves

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According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Giants have signed veteran right-hander Alfredo Aceves to a minor league contract.

Aceves is a noteworthy name in that he has enjoyed success in the past and has a history of erratic behavior. However, hasn’t been an effective pitcher for a couple of years now. He owns a 5.39 ERA at the major league level dating back to 2012. The 32-year-old had a brief stint with the Yankees last season and was also handed a 50-game suspension in the minors after a second positive test for marijuana.

Aceves is unlikely to crack the Giants’ Opening Day bullpen, so he’s likely ticketed for Triple-A Sacramento.

Aaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique

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In case you missed it over the weekend, the New York Yankees suffered yet another huge blow when another huge star went on the injured list. The star: Aaron Judge, who strained his oblique during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals.

Yesterday the Yankees placed him on the injured list. In so doing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there.” The team did not offer a timeline, but Boone said they’ll monitor Judge for a couple of weeks to see where he is. Oblique strains, however, can cause a player to miss a lot of time. Four to six weeks is not unheard of for even moderate oblique strains. Guys with major strains have missed months.

Judge is the Yankees’ 13th player currently on the injured list and is the 14th Yankees player to visit it overall on the young season. Joining him there at the moment :

It’s an All-Star team’s worth of injuries. It’s such a good group of players that Ellsbury couldn’t even make the starting lineup of the all-injured team.

Though we often ignore it in season-long narratives of successful and unsuccessful teams, choosing to focus on great or poor performances, the fact of the matter is that team health is almost always a big, big factor in who wins and who loses. No one is going to cry for the Yankees here, of course, but at some point there are just too many injuries to overcome. One has to wonder if New York has reached that point yet.