The Charlotte Observer
MLB IN BRIEF
Angels: The Angels fortified their thin outfield by signing Adam Eaton to a major league deal Wednesday, two days after the 32-year-old veteran was granted his unconditional release by the Chicago White Sox.
The left-handed-hitting Eaton, a key member of the Washington Nationals club that won the World Series in 2019, hit .201 with a .642 on-base-plusslugging percentage, five homers, 28 RBIs and 33 runs in 58 games for the White Sox this season.
The speedy Eaton has compiled a .278 average, .768 OPS, 65 homers, 165 doubles, 46 triples and 317 RBIs in 10 big league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, White Sox and Nationals.
The Angels have played the last 49 games without Mike Trout, the three-time American League most valuable player and star center fielder who suffered a right-calf strain May 17.
Left fielder Justin Upton, the team’s hottest hitter when he suffered a lower-back strain on June 22, has been out for almost a month. And the Angels lost right fielder Dexter Fowler to seasonending knee surgery in early April.
Blue Jays: Toronto won’t find out by this weekend whether they will get permission from the federal government to play in Canada soon, a government official familiar with the talks said Wednesday.
A team spokeswoman said the club continues to work with the federal government toward playing games at Rogers Centre starting July 30, and expected to receive a response by Friday.
The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel. Major League Baseball will require an exemption for non-vaccinated players and staff to play in Canada.