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A.J. Pollock placed on injured list due to elbow infection

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said outfielder A.J. Pollock is likely headed to the 10-day injured list [Update: It’s official.] due to an infection in his left elbow, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Roberts said he doesn’t know the extent of the infection, but notes that Pollock has had procedures done on the elbow in the past.

The Dodgers inked Pollock to a four-year, $55 million contract in late January. He has gotten off to a slow start, batting .223/.287/.330 with a pair of home runs and 14 RBI in 115 plate appearances.

Alex Verdugo started in center field on Monday night in Pollock’s stead, something that figures to be a regular occurrence while Pollock is on the mend.

Phillies sign Drew Storen and Bud Norris to minor league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported this afternoon that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If Storen makes the major league roster, he will earn a $750,000 salary.

Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds. That year, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 2/3 innings. Storen then underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2018 campaign. He inked a minor league deal with the Royals last year but struggled in nine appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, resulting in his being released in June.

Robert Murray reports that the Phillies have also signed pitcher Bud Norris to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who turns 35 years old in March, missed the 2019 season due to a forearm injury. Norris was last seen in the majors in 2018 with the Cardinals, compiling a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 21 walks over 57 2/3 innings of relief.

The Phillies had major bullpen problems last year and haven’t otherwise made any new additions so far this offseason. They’re hoping Storen and Norris have a little bit left in the tank.