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Drew Smyly opts out of minor league contract with Brewers

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Pitcher Drew Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers on Thursday, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports.

Smyly, 30, put up an ugly 8.42 ERA with a 52/34 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings for the Rangers before being released by the Rangers in late June. He signed with the Brewers at the beginning of July. However, his struggles continued as he allowed seven runs on 10 hits and three walks with 18 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings with Triple-A San Antonio.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Smyly is on the Phillies’ radar. The Phillies are hurting for pitching, both in the rotation and in the bullpen. Their starters haven’t been meeting expectations while the club has suffered a litany of injuries in the bullpen as well as underperformance.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.