Phillies sign reliever Ernesto Frieri to a minor league contract

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Ernesto Frieri has been a mess over the past two seasons, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the rebuilding Phillies have decided to take a flyer by signing him to a minor league contract.

Frieri had an excellent run in San Diego and saved 71 games over two seasons with the Angels while missing a ton of bats, but he hasn’t looked anything like that pitcher since. The 30-year-old struggled to the tune of a 7.34 ERA between the Angels and Pirates in 2014 and posted a 4.63 ERA with diminished velocity over 22 appearances with the Rays last season before being designated for assignment. He finished the year at the Triple-A level. As a fly ball pitcher, home runs have always been an issue with him, but it’s been even more pronounced of late. He has allowed 17 home runs in 65 innings over the last two seasons. That’s not good.

According to Heyman, Frieri would earn a base salary of $850,000 if he makes the major league roster. It’s worth a shot for Philadelphia, who should have a bunch of young and inexperienced arms in their bullpen.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.