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Tigers release Josh Harrison

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The Detroit Tigers released veteran infielder Josh Harrison today.

Harrison has been out since late May due to hamstring surgery. Before that he hit a dismal.176/.219/.265 over 36 games. He’s been on a rehab assignment of late and the Tigers had to choose whether to bring him back or send him off and they’ve clearly decided to go with younger players.

Harrison, 32, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Tigers this past offseason. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone picks him up for the stretch run given that he’ll make a prorated baseball minimum wage the rest of the way out.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.