Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy designated for assignment

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who returned from a concussion and broken nose Wednesday following a home-plate collision last month, was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday.

Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, was bowled over at home plate by Houston’s Jake Marisnick on July 7. He was placed on the 10-day injured list and missed 18 games. Lucroy was 2-for-4 against Detroit in his final game with the Angels.

Lucroy, 33, batted .242 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 74 games. He signed a one-year, $3.35 million deal with the Angels in December after hitting .241 with four homers and 51 RBIs for the A’s last season.

“When you’ve got to give bad news to people you like, it’s not a lot of fun,” manager Brad Ausmus told

Catcher Max Stassi, acquired from Houston on Wednesday, replaced Lucroy on Los Angeles’ roster.

Salazar out again: Indians right-hander Danny Salazar returned to the injured list with a strained right groin, one day after appearing in his first game in two years.

Salazar, troubled by injuries to his right arm the previous two seasons, pitched Thursday for the first time since the 2017 AL Division Series. He allowed two runs in four innings against Houston. Afterward, he said his groin bothered him during the game.

Ryu sidelined: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is 11-2 with a majors-leading 1.53 ERA, was placed on the IL because of a sore neck. The move was made retroactive to Thursday.

Ryu threw six scoreless innings at Colorado on Wednesday, allowing three hits and striking out one. He left after throwing 80 pitches.

Manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Ryu is expected to miss only one start.

Medical report: Mariners infielder Ryon Healy, sidelined since May, will undergo season-ending hip surgery. … Other players landing on the IL include Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan (flexor strain), Red Sox right-hander Heath Hembree (elbow) and Indians left-hander Tyler Olson (shingles). … The Yankees activated outfielder Brett Gardner from the IL.

Briefly: Wade Davis, sporting a 6.82 ERA, has been removed from the closer’s role by the Rockies, manager Bud Black told reporters. … Rangers third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher Tim Federowicz, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang and Nationals left-hander Tony Sipp were designated for assignment. … Red Sox pitcher David Price went on the paternity leave list and White Sox catcher Welington Castillo went on the family medical emergency leave list.

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