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MLB Notes: Angels land All-Star Upton from Tigers

The Sports Xchange

August 31, 2017 at 8:48 pm.

Detroit Tigers left fielder Justin Upton (8) receives congratulations from third base coach Dave Clark (25) after he hit a home run in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers left fielder Justin Upton (8) receives congratulations from third base coach Dave Clark (25) after he hit a home run in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday ahead of the waiver trade deadline, Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reported.

The Tigers will receive right-hander Grayson Long and a low-level player to be named later in the deal, per Morosi. The Angels also will reportedly receive cash to cover part of Upton’s 2017 salary.

Additionally, the Angels announced that outfielder Cameron Maybin was awarded to the Houston Astros on a waiver claim. They also landed veteran second/third baseman Brandon Phillips in a trade with the Braves.

Upton, 30, is a four-time All-Star in his 11th major league season. He is batting .279 with 28 home runs and 94 RBIs through 125 games this year.

–Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre exited the series finale against the Houston Astros with a left hamstring injury and will undergo an MRI exam on Friday.

“It’s not good,” Beltre told reporters after Thursday’s game when asked about his pain level.

Beltre had fielded a ground ball in the seventh inning and was about to make the throw to first when he pulled up quickly, resulting in an infield single. Manager Jeff Banister would only say that Beltre was in enough pain to leave the game and didn’t want to speculate on anything more than that.

–The New York Yankees acquired minor league catcher Erik Kratz from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.

The 37-year-old Kratz is batting .270 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs at Triple-A Columbus.

New York also recalled right-hander Giovanny Gallegos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Gallegos, 26, went 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances with the Yankees this season, and has a 4-2 mark and 2.08 ERA in 28 Triple-A appearances.

–The Cincinnati Reds placed Tucker Barnhart on the three-day paternity list and recalled fellow catcher Chad Wallach from Triple-A Louisville.

Barnhart had just returned to action on Tuesday and played in Wednesday’s game. The 26-year-old is batting .265 with five homers and 33 RBIs in 99 games this season.

Wallach, 25, started for the Reds on Sunday and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout before returning to Louisville.

 

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