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Giancarlo Stanton has a sore knee


There have been a host of minor aches and pains reported around baseball today. Outside of Jhonny Peralta, they’re all minor or, at least for now, are being characterized as such. As we noted this morning, take all of these reports with a grain of salt. Players will come back when they come back, they’ll be fine or they won’t be and the stuff said about it at the time of injury is to be discounted.

One minor ache and pain worth watching, I think, is Giancarlo Stanton‘s. Stanton didn’t make the Marlins’ trip to Viera to play the Nationals due to soreness in right knee.

The Marlins said that holding him back was just a precaution. And, of course, established veterans often don’t make road trips in the spring. But it is worth noting that the sore knee is the same one he had surgery on for bone chips back in 2012. The sort of thing that, even if it’s nothing now, you file away for later.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.