Orioles sign reliever Ryan O’Rourke

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Orioles have signed lefty reliever Ryan O'Rourke. It’s not yet known if it’s a major or minor league deal, but it is presumably a minor league deal.

O’Rourke, 29, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early May. If his rehab continues to progress as expected, he may be able to make a midseason debut.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, O’Rourke has a career 4.98 ERA with a 48/25 K/BB ratio in 47 innings.

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.