Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers have acquired pitcher Eric Surkamp from the White Sox. SB Nation’s Eric Stephen reports the Dodgers have sent pitcher Blake Smith to the White Sox in return.
Surkamp has made 10 relief appearances and one start for Triple-A Charlotte, compiling a 2.81 ERA with a 30/9 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The lefty was initially brought through the White Sox organization as a starter, but was used as a reliever last year. He has a 6.20 ERA across 53 2/3 major league innings.
HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.
Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.
He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.