Braves place Dansby Swanson on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation

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The Braves have placed shortstop Dansby Swanson on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation, per a team announcement on Friday. In a corresponding move, outfielder Preston Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. No concrete timeline has been set for Swanson’s return, but he will undergo tests throughout the weekend and isn’t expected back until May 14, when the Braves host the Cubs for a makeup game at the end of their week-long road trip.

Swanson, 24, aggravated the injury during the club’s 7-0 shutout against the Mets on Wednesday. He experienced some pain in his left wrist on a swinging strikeout in the fifth inning and was pulled as a precaution, though he’d already been dealing with wrist issues for the past several weeks. Prior to landing on the disabled list, Swanson was swatting a solid .289/.336/.430 with 11 extra bases and a .766 OPS through his first 122 plate appearances of the season. He figures to be replaced by infielder Johan Camargo for the time being.

Outfielder Preston Tucker will assume Swanson’s spot on the roster, despite being optioned to Triple-A earlier on Friday to clear space for the newly-activated Jose Bautista. Tucker doesn’t figure to see significant playing time in the outfield, but he’s looked decent at the plate during his limited time with the team this year, turning in a .282/.313/.487 batting line, 10 extra bases and an .800 OPS in 83 PA.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.