Eric Young Jr. designated for assignment by the Braves

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Eric Young Jr. began this season as Atlanta’s starting center fielder, but he quickly lost that job to Cameron Maybin and now the Braves have designated him for assignment.

Young is a switch-hitter with elite speed and some defensive versatility, but he can’t actually hit. His career OPS is .645 OPS and during the past three seasons he’s batted .235 with three homers and a .622 OPS in 283 total games.

His skill set could land him another bench gig, but Young is 30 years old and has been a replacement-level player for a while now.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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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.