David Peralta to see a specialist for his wrist injury

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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta is out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive day as he’s battling a right wrist injury. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Peralta will visit with Dr. Ron Sheridan, a hand specialist, on Thursday.

Peralta, 28, has been hit in the wrist area three times this season including twice on back-to-back days against the Giants in San Francisco, which led to both teams’ benches emptying.

Though Peralta had played in every game until Monday, he was struggling at the plate. After a hot start, Peralta is hitting .260/.321/.439 as a result of a meager 7-for-33 stretch with six singles and a home run in his last 10 games.

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Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.