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Jays' GM unaware of Callaway allegations

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Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Thursday he was "absolutely not aware" of any sexual harassment allegations against Mickey Callaway during their time together with the Cleveland Indians organization.

Atkins, who was the Indians executive who oversaw Callaway's hiring by Cleveland in 2010, said the team failed by not creating an environment for such allegations to be properly addressed.

"There is no chance that we would have overlooked that if we had had any signs of that type of behavior," Atkins said.


Brewers add OF Bradley for 2 years, $24M

MILWAUKEE (AP) Free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is joining the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to the parameters of a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the details of the agreement were still being negotiated and the deal is subject to a successful physical.


MLB to hold Lou Gehrig Day on June 2

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will hold its first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, adding Gehrig to Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente on the short list of players honored throughout the big leagues.

Each home team will have "4-ALS" logos in ballparks to mark Gehrig's No. 4, and all players, managers and coaches will wear a Lou Gehrig Day patch on uniforms and may use red "4-ALS" wristbands. Teams that are off on June 2 will observe Lou Gehrig Day on June 3.


Boone discharged after pacemaker put in

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday, a day after having a pacemaker installed.

Boone is on a leave of absence from the Yankees and intends to return to work in a few days.


Fried scratched for possible COVID issue

NORTH PORT. Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried won't make his first scheduled start of spring training because of a potential exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Thursday that Fried hasn't tested positive for the virus, ut the team is taking no chances.


Astros LHP Valdez fractures left finger

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez has a fractured left ring finger, an injury that could deal another blow to the team's banged-up starting rotation.

The 27-year-old was hurt on the fifth pitch of his spring training debut Tuesday at Port St. Lucie, on a one-hopper off the bat of the New York Mets' Francisco Lindor for the second out of the first inning. The ball hit the finger as he grabbed the ball, and after throwing to first for the out, Valdez flexed the finger several times.


Antonetti mum as Callaway probe ongoing

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he couldn't comment on his previous remarks about Mickey Callaway's conduct due to Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the team's former pitching coach.

Antonetti joined Terry Francona for the manager's Zoom availability from training camp in Arizona, a day after a story by The Athletic said several former Indians employees had come forward in the last month to say the team's front office was aware of Callaway's behavior.


Diamondbacks give Swarzak minors deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Reliever Anthony Swarzak agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be at major league spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.

The team announced it added the 35-year-old right-hander on Thursday. He last pitched in the big leagues in 2019 for the Atlanta Braves and had a 4.31 ERA in 44 appearances after he was acquired from Seattle that May 20.


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