Orioles acquire Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates

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Update (5:14 PM EDT): Well, that was short-lived. The Orioles designated Lobstein for assignment after claiming outfielder Drew Stubbs off waivers from the Rangers, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.


The Orioles announced on Wednesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates in exchange for pitcher Zach Phillips. The O’s designated pitcher Ashur Tolliver for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Lobstein. The Pirates had designated Lobstein for assignment on Tuesday.

Lobstein logged 25 innings in the majors for the Pirates this season, compiling a 3.96 ERA with a mediocre 15/12 K/BB ratio. He logged double the innings at Triple-A Indianapolis, putting up a 4.11 ERA and a 42/17 K/BB ratio.

Phillips, 29, was in his second stint in the Orioles’ system. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. This season, with Triple-A Norfolk, he pitched 60 2/3 innings of relief with a 4.45 ERA and an 84/30 K/BB ratio.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.