Brewers sign left-hander Michael Kirkman

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Milwaukee has signed left-hander Michael Kirkman, who was released by Texas at the end of spring training.

It’s a minor-league contract, so he’ll head to Triple-A and try to show that he’s healthy after dealing with shoulder problems all spring.

Kirkman throws hard and has 103 strikeouts in 107 innings as a big leaguer, so if healthy the 28-year-old can be an effective middle relief option despite shaky control.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.