Rickie Weeks released by the Mariners

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Seattle has released veteran infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks after designating him for assignment last week.

Weeks was Milwaukee’s starting second baseman for a decade, but lost the job to Scooter Gennett last season and struggled to find much of a market as a free agent this winter.

He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mariners as a left fielder/designated hitter and then hit .167 in 37 games after coming into the season as a 32-year-old with a lifetime .771 OPS in 1,142 games.

He’ll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal and needs to get back on track offensively given how few teams probably still view him as a viable defensive second baseman. Weeks’ best fit at this point is probably as a platoon lefty-masher.

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.