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Gerardo Parra to sign with the Giants

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Bay Area reports that the Giants are signing outfielder Gerardo Parra to a minor league deal.

Parra, 31, is a ten-year veteran who has spent his last three seasons in Colorado. Before that he did time with the Orioles and Twins. He came up with the Diamondbacks and played there for six seasons. He’s a career .278/.325/.405 itter (92 OPS+). His real value is his ability to play all three outfield positions and to occasionally take a turn at first base. He hasn’t seen regular duty in center for a couple of years now, though.

While it’s a minor league deal for now, that may be a mere formality as the Giants’ 40-man roster is full. Odds favor him playing a lot of left and right in the Giants’ mostly barren outfield mix.

Braves place Sean Newcomb on concussion injured list

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The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher Sean Newcomb on the seven-day concussion list retroactive to Tuesday.

Newcomb was hit in the back of the head by a 102 m.p.h. line drive off the bat of J.T. Realmuto on Saturday night. The ball hit him so hard that it ricocheted to the screen behind the Phillies dugout. Despite that, Newcomb passed post-incident concussion tests and said he felt fine. It can take a little bit for concussion symptoms to become apparent, however, and that’s likely what happened here.

The Braves called up right-hander Huascar Ynoa from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Newcomb’s place on the roster.