Royals place Wade Davis on the disabled list with a strained forearm

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The Royals announced on Tuesday that closer Wade Davis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. Pitcher Brooks Pounders was called up from Triple-A Omaha and pitcher Tyler Olson has been designated for assignment.

Davis, 30, has had another dominant season, currently holding a 1.23 ERA with 19 saves and a 28/12 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings.

This is just the latest in a long line of injuries for the snakebitten Royals. Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Kris Medlen, and Tim Collins are also sidelined. Yordano Ventura is battling an ankle injury which may or may not keep him out of his upcoming start on Friday. Tough goings for the defending world champs.


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.