Phillies place Aaron Nola on the DL with a sprained right elbow

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The Phillies announced on Wednesday afternoon that Aaron Nola won’t be making his scheduled start against the Giants. He’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Phil Klein has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will make a spot start against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park in Nola’s place.

Nola, 23, has had a rough year. He’s carrying a not-so-nice 6-9 record with a 4.78 ERA and a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. The right-hander experienced a velocity dip, most prominently against the Royals on July 2. He has averaged about 92 MPH for most of the season, but sat below 90 MPH against the Royals and has remained there since.

Manager Pete Mackanin suggested Nola could be shut down for the remainder of the season, per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. He adds that pitching prospect Jake Thompson, acquired from the Rangers in last year’s Cole Hamels trade, is a candidate to take Nola’s spot in the rotation.

The Phillies claimed Klein, 27, off waivers from the Rangers in June. With Lehigh Valley, Klein has put up a 2.13 ERA and a 25/6 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings.

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.