Dodgers put Brandon McCarthy on the DL, activate Brett Anderson

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The Dodgers made a handful of roster moves ahead of Sunday’s action. The club placed pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Josh Ravin on the 15-day disabled list, activated starter Brett Anderson from the 60-day disabled list, and recalled pitcher Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City, ESPN’s Doug Padilla reports. The club also designated utilityman Zack Walters for assignment. Padilla notes that starter Bud Norris is expected to come off of the DL and start against the Phillies on Thursday.

The injury roundup: McCarthy is dealing with stiffness in his right hip. Ravin has a strained right triceps. Norris has been dealing with a mid-back strain. Anderson has missed the entire season thus far recovering from back surgery. And, as luck would have it, he suffered a wrist injury in the first inning of Sunday’s start against the Pirates. He left the game and was replaced by Stewart.

This season, the Dodgers have used the fourth-most starting pitchers this season with 12, Corinne Landrey pointed out at FanGraphs. Anderson will make it 13 and Rich Hill will be 14. Still, Landrey explains, the rotation — even without ace Clayton Kershaw — has been elite, posting a 3.98 FIP and a 23.7 percent strikeout rate, the second-best mark in baseball.

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.