Nationals lose reliever Aaron Barrett to biceps injury

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One day after acquiring right-hander reliever David Carpenter from the Yankees the Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett on the disabled list with a strained biceps muscle.

Barrett appeared in a team-high 30 of the Nationals’ first 60 games, including five of the past seven games, so it’s possible the heavy workload caught up with him. He has an ugly 5.06 ERA, but it comes with a nice 28/6 K/BB ratio in 21 innings.

Washington’s bullpen was already in need of help before Barrett went down, so this puts a lot of pressure on Carpenter to emerge as a reliable option for manager Matt Williams.

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.