Indians ink Dan Otero to two-year, $2.5 million extension

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The Indians announced on Tuesday that the club signed reliever Dan Otero to a two-year, $2.5 million contract extension with a club option for 2020. He’ll earn $1.1 million in 2018, $1.3 million in 2019, and the option is worth $1.5 million with a $100,000 buyout.

Otero, 32, has been a key member of the Indians’ bullpen over the past two seasons, compiling an aggregate 2.14 ERA with a 95/19 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings.

With the Indians losing Bryan Shaw to free agency, Otero could see some higher leverage innings in 2018. He was mostly used in lower-leverage situations the past two seasons.

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.