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Report: Brewers to sign Shelby Miller to minor league deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers are expected to sign pitcher Shelby Miller to a minor league contract.

Miller, 28, was released by the Rangers earlier this month after allowing 46 runs (42 earned) on 58 hits and 29 walks with 30 strikeouts across 44 innings of work. Miller made eight starts and 11 relief appearances.

Prior to 2019, Miller spent three injury-plagued and unproductive seasons with the Diamondbacks, where he posted an aggregate 6.35 ERA in 139 innings. The Brewers are hoping Miller can rebound, but the odds seem long.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.