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Report: Padres sign Sammy Solis to minor league deal

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The Athletic’s Robert Murray and Dennis Lin report that the Padres have signed reliever Sammy Solis to a minor league contract.

Solis, 30, spent the last four seasons in the majors with the Nationals. He owns a career 4.51 ERA with 136 strikeouts and 56 walks across 127 2/3 innings. Solis actually has a reverse platoon split, which means he has fared better against opposite-handed batters. He has allowed a .701 OPS to right-handed hitters as opposed to a .759 OPS to lefties.

As Lin points out, the left-handed Solis adds depth to the Padres’ bullpen now that José Castillo will miss at least two months with a left flexor strain.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.