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ARLINGTON, Texas — Infielder Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report to big league spring training.

He would get a $1.75 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster under the terms of the deal announced Monday.

Plouffe hit .198 with nine homers and 19 RBIs in 100 games for Oakland and Tampa Bay, which acquired him June 17. The 31-year-old was selected by Minnesota with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft and played for the Twins from 2010-16. He has a .242 batting average with 105 homers and 376 RBIs in eight major league seasons.

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Cavan Biggio goes on 10-day IL with nagging back issue

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The Toronto Blue Jays placed infielder Cavan Biggio on the 10-day injured list with mid-back tightness.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Biggio has been bothered by the back issue all season, but said he is hopeful the stint won’t be longer than the minimum.

Biggio, 26, went 0-for-3 with a walk in Monday night’s 5-2 loss in 10 innings. He is batting .215 with seven homers and 26 RBIs this season.

In a corresponding move, outfielder Corey Dickerson was activated from the IL and started in Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. Dickerson was sixth in the lineup as the designated hitter.

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Boston Red Sox closer Matt Barnes placed on COVID-19 injured list

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DETROIT — The Boston Red Sox placed closer Matt Barnes on the COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday.

Barnes is 5-2 with 23 saves and a 2.30 ERA, but hadn’t pitched since a save against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28. The right-hander was put into quarantine after showing symptoms at the team’s hotel in Detroit and is awaiting test results.

Marwin Gonzalez returned to the active roster after being out since July 13 with a hamstring strain. He is hitting .205 while starting at all four infield positions, as well as left and right field.

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Milwaukee Brewers’ John Axford (elbow) heads to IL on heels of first MLB appearance since 2018

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Milwaukee Brewers reliever John Axford was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, one day after his first major league appearance since 2018 was cut short by a right elbow injury.

The team recalled left-hander Angel Perdomo from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move, and also placed infielder Keston Hiura on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Brewers acquired the 38-year-old Axford — who started his major league career in Milwaukee and had his greatest success there — from the Toronto Blue Jays for $1 on Monday. The veteran right-hander pitched later that day against the Pittsburgh Pirates but retired just one of the five batters he faced before leaving with an elbow issue.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Monday that Axford would undergo an MRI.

Axford began this season as a studio analyst on the Blue Jays’ television broadcast crew.

After pitching for Canada in an Olympic qualifier, Axford signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on June 24. Axford said his velocity got as high as 98 mph during that Olympic qualifier.

He went 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A Buffalo affiliate. Axford struck out 14 batters and allowed three walks and two hits in 10 2/3 innings. Opposing batters were hitting just .061 against him.

Axford collected 106 saves during his previous five-year stint in Milwaukee and ranks second to Dan Plesac (133) on the franchise’s career saves list.

Milwaukee’s bullpen has taken a hit lately with All-Star closer Josh Hader, Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave and Hunter Strickland all going on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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