Rangers get Ryan Rua back, designate Jake Smolinski for assignment

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The Rangers activated outfielder Ryan Rua from the disabled list on Friday and designated outfielder Jake Smolinski for assignment to make room for him on the roster.

Rua played in only five April games before hitting the disabled list with a sprained right ankle and a broken bone in his heel. He had been in the mix for a job as a starting outfielder with the Rangers but hit .235/.278/.294 in 18 plate appearances prior to his injury.

Smolinski hit poorly in sporadic playing time spanning 74 plate appearances and 35 games, posting a .133/.270/.200 triple-slash line with one home run and six RBI.

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.