Spider bite sidelines Indians infielder Chris Johnson

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Indians infielder Chris Johnson was out of the lineup Saturday and Sunday due to what he thinks is a spider bite received while staying at the team hotel in Minnesota.

And he might have to miss more time, as the Associated Press reports that swelling in his hand forced Johnson to go to the hospital Sunday and begin antibiotic treatment.

Or as Johnson put it: “Whatever bit me, it got infected.”

Johnson was acquired from the Braves in the Nick Swisher/Michael Bourn undesirable contract swap two weeks ago and began his Indians career by going 9-for-21 (.429) with three doubles in six games.

Brewers sign Gio Gonzalez

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.

Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.

Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.