Braves strike one-year deal with Puig

Chicago Sun-Times - - BY THE NUMBERS -

Mul­ti­ple out­lets re­ported free-agent out­fielder Yasiel Puig and the Braves agreed to terms on a one-year con­tract, pend­ing Puig pass­ing a phys­i­cal.

Puig, 29, hit a com­bined .267 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI last sea­son for the Reds and In­di­ans. He was the last big-name free agent from the off­sea­son who had not signed.

The reign­ing Na­tional League East cham­pion Braves were fac­ing a depth prob­lem in their out­field af­ter Nick Markakis opted out of the sea­son be­fore summer camp be­cause of con­cerns about the coro­n­avirus.

Yan­kees right-han­der Masahiro Tanaka said he is un­sure whether he will be able to take his first turn through the ro­ta­tion as he re­cov­ers from a line drive off his head.

Tanaka was hit on the right side of his head by a shot off the bat of team­mate Gian­carlo Stan­ton dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice July 4. He said he has no con­cus­sion symp­toms, but he hasn’t thrown off a mound since.

The Rangers fur­loughed about 60 full­time em­ploy­ees in­def­i­nitely, 10 days be­fore they open their new ball­park with­out fans be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Rangers owner Ray Davis said in a state­ment that se­vere fi­nan­cial con­se­quences of the virus-caused shut­down and lin­ger­ing uncer­tainty about when fans will be al­lowed at games left the or­ga­ni­za­tion out of op­tions.

The Twins said cen­ter fielder By­ron Bux­ton has a sprained left foot but no struc­tural dam­age af­ter slip­ping while chas­ing a fly ball dur­ing an in­trasquad game Mon­day.

The Roy­als said left-han­der Danny Duffy will be their Open­ing Day starter July 24 against the In­di­ans.

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