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Red Sox sign Jhoulys Chacín to minors deal

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The Red Sox have inked free agent right-hander Jhoulys Chacín to a minor league deal, per an announcement on Saturday. Chacín was released by the Brewers last Sunday and threw a bullpen session in front of the Red Sox on Friday, evidently performing well enough to earn a contract offer.

Chacín’s release from Milwaukee wasn’t entirely unexpected. Despite making some significant contributions to the club in 2018, the 31-year-old righty pitched to mixed results during his 2019 campaign and finished his run with a 3-10 record in 19 starts and a 5.79 ERA, 4.0 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 across 88 2/3 innings. Speaking to the media last week, manager Craig Counsell gave a few reasons for Chacín’s removal: namely, the Brewers’ substantial reserves of pitching depth and their pressing need to clear a roster spot for the returning Cory Spangenberg.

It didn’t help, either, that Chacín missed considerable time off the mound after spending nearly two months on the injured list. He sustained a low back strain in early June, costing him two weeks on the IL, then was laid up with a right oblique strain in late July. Given his ongoing health issues and deteriorating results on the mound, it looked far from certain that he would be able to rebound in time to contribute in a meaningful way to the Brewers’ hopeful postseason run.

Now, however, he’ll try to bounce back for Boston in the final month of the season. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, there are no current plans to call up the veteran right-hander when the Red Sox finish out their series in Anaheim this weekend, but he’ll likely see his first MLB assignment with the team sometime after rosters expand on September 1.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.