Tigers give struggling reliever minor league deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Reliever Jim Johnson has found a new team after being released by Oakland last week. A person who reviewed the deal tells The Associated Press the Detroit Tigers have signed him to a minor league contract. Johnson had a combined 101 saves with Baltimore the previous two seasons but was just 4-2 with a 7.14 in 38 games for the A’s this year.
Also in baseball:
— Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie has been activated off the 15-day disabled list. Lawrie had been sidelined by a broken finger since he was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) on June 22.
— Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Garza left Sunday’s game against St. Louis after allowing just one hit in six shutout innings.
— The Washington Nationals claimed Matt Thornton off waivers from the New York Yankees. The 37-year-old Thornton went 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 24 2/3 innings across 46 appearances with the Yankees this season.
— The Miami Marlins have designated pitcher Jacob Turner for assignment. He went 8-19 in 47 games over three seasons with the Marlins, including a 4-7 mark with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games this year.