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Tigers acquire infielder Erick Aybar from the Braves

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The Tigers have acquired utility infielder Erick Aybar from the Braves in exchange for utilityman Mike Aviles and minor league catcher Kade Scivicque, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports.

Aybar, 32, has handled shortstop for the Braves this season after they traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels. He hit .242/.293/.313 with 18 extra-base hits and 26 RBI in 368 plate appearances. As regular shortstop Jose Iglesias was recently placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, Aybar will give the Tigers a reliable shortstop to fill the gap.

Aviles, 35, has played second base, third base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions for the Indians this season, though he racked up most of his playing time in right field. He compiled a meager .210/.258/.269 triple-slash line across 181 PA.

Both Aybar and Aviles will become free agents after the season.

Scivicque, 23, was selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. This season, with High-A Lakeland, he hit .282/.325/.380 with 19 doubles and 41 RBI in 449 PA.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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