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Astros place Jake Marisnick on 10-day disabled list

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Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick landed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain on Saturday. The severity of the injury and the projected timetable for his full recovery has yet to be revealed.

Marisnick, 27, sustained the injury after hitting a double during the seventh inning of Friday’s 5-2 loss against the Mariners. According to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon signaled to the Astros’ dugout and called for a trainer after Marisnick pulled up at second base and said, “I think I might have done something to my groin”:

This figures to be Marisnick’s first trip to the disabled list in 2018. While he’s remained fairly healthy this season, it hasn’t been his most productive campaign in the majors: Following Friday’s game, he’s batting just .217/.279/.411 with nine home runs and a .690 OPS through 191 PA.

In a corresponding move, top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno. The 21-year-old Tucker collected just seven hits and three extra bases in his first foray into the majors, but has slashed an impressive .311/.373/.532 with 17 homers and a .905 OPS in Triple-A this year and currently ranks eighth-best among all major-league prospects, as determined by MLB Pipeline.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.