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Eric Thames exits game with hamstring tightness

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Brewers outfielder Eric Thames was pulled from Friday’s game against the Pirates after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring, per an official team announcement. Thames lasted two full innings on the field and went 0-for-1 against the Pirates’ Nick Kingham before conceding his spot in the lineup to pinch-hitter/right fielder Hernan Perez in the top of the third.

Thames, 31, is recently returned from his last trip to the disabled list, when he spent over six weeks recovering from surgery on his left thumb. While there’s been no word on the severity of his latest hamstring issue, the Brewers will likely take things slow with the outfielder until regular games resume after the All-Star Break.

Following Friday’s performance, Thames is batting a modest .250/.344/.556 with 13 home runs and five stolen bases through 183 plate appearances this year. He still has some big expectations to meet after posting a few career-best totals with the team in 2017, but will need to stay healthy for longer than a month before he can match or exceed them.

Ian Kinsler signs a two-year deal with the Padres

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Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Kinsler is signing with the San Diego Padres on a two-year, $8 million deal.

A surprising multi-year deal for Kinsler, who will turn 37 next season, but it’s a pretty low financial outlay for the Padres. An understandably low one following a year in which Kinsler hit just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases for the Angels and Red Sox. He can still pick it at the keystone, however, taking home Gold Glove honors there last season. He’ll turn 37 next June.

Kinsler will likely bump Luis Urias from second to short until top prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr. is called up to San Diego, at which point one presumes Urias will then, in turn, bump Kinsler off of second base into a bench role, at least if Urias performs. Given that Kinsler will not make much money on this deal, it’s not something the Padres are likely to sweat.