Walker Buehler heads to DL with microfracture in right rib

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The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that starter Walker Buehler has a microfracture in his right rib and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list. Pitcher Caleb Ferguson has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

There is currently no timetable for Buehler’s return. He apparently suffered the injury several starts ago but was able to pitch through it for a while.

Buehler, 23, has been terrific through nine starts this season, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 54/11 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings. He tossed six hitless innings against the Padres on May 4, which turned into a combined no-hitter with Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore.

Ferguson, 21, will start in Buehler’s place against the Rangers on Tuesday night. He has already made one start this season — his major league debut. He went 1 2/3 innings against the Pirates last Wednesday, yielding four runs on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. In 47 innings in the minors, mostly with Double-A Tulsa, he compiled a 1.53 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 17 walks.

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.