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Julio Teheran to come off disabled list to start Sunday


Braves manager Brian Snitker said that pitcher Julio Teheran will be activated from the disabled list to start on Sunday at home against the Padres,’s Mark Bowman reports.

Teheran, 27, left a start against the Padres after four innings last week after suffering a thumb contusion while batting. Through 13 starts, the right-hander owns a 4.31 ERA with a 56/33 K/BB ratio in 71 innings.

Teheran, surprisingly, has been among the least reliable starters for the Braves this year. Mike Foltynewicz (2.16), Sean Newcomb (2.92), Anibal Sanchez (2.37), and Mike Soroka (2.57) are each sporting ERA’s below 3.00.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.