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Giants sign Stephen Vogt

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The A’s signed a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the Giants. Now the Giants sign a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the A’s. Time is a flat circle or something.

The catcher in question here is Stephen Vogt, who now has a minor league deal with the Giants, pending a physical. In his case the physical is more than a formality, though, as he’s coming off of a shoulder injury that resulted in surgery and has yet to throw from the crouch, which is rather important. Vogt missed all of last season due to the injury. He hit .233/.285/.423 over 303 plate appearances between the Athletics and Brewers in 2017.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.