Report: Astros sign reliever Joe Smith to a two-year contract

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5 Comments’s Brian McTaggart reports that the Astros have signed reliever Joe Smith to a contract, pending a physical. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the deal is worth $14 million over two years.

Smith, 33, spent last season with the Blue Jays and Indians, putting up an aggregate 3.33 ERA with a 71/10 K/BB ratio across 54 innings.

Smith will bolster the back end of the Astros’ bullpen behind closer Ken Giles.

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.