Rays acquire Marc Krauss from the Angels; demote Nick Franklin to Triple-A

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss from the Angels in exchange for minor league right-hander Kyle Winker.

Krauss hit .143 (5-for-35) with one home run and five RBI over 11 games during a brief stint with the Angels in May, but he has spent most of the season in Triple-A. A former second-round pick of the Diamondbacks, the 27-year-old has shown some power and patience in the minors, but he owns an ugly .194/.268/.335 batting line over 392 major league plate appearances and has struck out 28.1 percent of the time. Still, the Rays plan to give him some playing time at first base against right-handed pitching.

To make room for Krauss on the active roster, the Rays are sending Nick Franklin down to Triple-A Durham. Acquired from the Mariners in the three-team David Price deal last July, the 24-year-old was batting just .139 (10-for-72) with one home run and a .455 OPS over 28 games.

Winker, 25, owns a 4.81 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 over four seasons in the minors. He has pitched between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.