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Braves sign Anibal Sanchez to minor league deal

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The Atlanta Braves have signed righty Anibal Sanchez to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Sanchez, 34, was released by the Twins last week. He was terrible in 2017, going 3-7 in 17 starts and posting 6.41 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 in 105.1 innings for Detroit.

Sanchez is basically cannon fodder at this point in his career, but if the Braves are still a year or two away from true contention, there is value in signing cannon fodder.

Noah Syndergaard to disabled list due to hand, foot, and mouth disease

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MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list because he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. The ailment is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. According to James Wagner of the New York Times, it is believed that Syndergaard picked up hand, foot, and mouth disease working at a youth camp during the All-Star break.

Syndergaard, 25, started on Friday. He pitched well but lasted only five innings, throwing 84 pitches, because he had diminished velocity and felt tired. He yielded a run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was his second start since returning from a DL stint (strained ligament in right index finger) that kept him out between May 26 and July 12.

The Mets expect Syndergaard to need only the minimum 10 days to recover. Corey Oswalt will temporarily take Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation.

In 13 starts this season, Syndergaard owns a 2.89 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 15 walks in 74 2/3 innings.