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Mike Elias called upon a familiar face to help rebuild the club , hiring former NASA engineer Sig Mejdal from the Houston Astros to be assistant general manager for analytics.Mejdal will report to Elias and will oversee all aspects of the club’s growing analytics effort and serve as an adviser to Elias, the Orioles said Wednesday. Mejdal had been a special assistant for process improvement to Houston GM Jeff Luhnow since October 2015.Elias was introduced Monday as Baltimore’s general manager. The 35-year-old has been charged with turning around a team that finished 47-115, the worst record in the majors.Mejdal has been working in the majors for 14 seasons. He joined the Astros for the 2012 season — as did Elias — and organized the team’s analytics department from its inception.Before coming to the Astros , Mejdal and Elias both worked in the St. Louis Cardinals front office.Elias called Mejdal “one of the most experienced and accomplished analysts working in baseball today.”Mejdal has a pair of engineering degrees from UC Davis and advanced degrees in operations research and cognitive psychology/human factors from San Jose State. In addition to NASA, he worked for Lockheed Martin. JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The return of inflammation to Jorge Alfaro’s right knee is once again prompting the Miami Marlins to shut down their expected opening-day catcher for a few more days.Alfaro re-aggravated the injury during Tuesday’s game while sliding into second base.“The biggest thing is just get rid of this inflammation so we can move forward Nelson Cruz Jersey ,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.Obtained from Philadelphia as part of the trade that sent J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies, Alfaro originally injured the knee while chasing a foul popup in the Marlins’ Grapefruit League opener, banging it against a metal pole that supports the dugout railing.Mattingly doesn’t expect the issue to last more than a couple of days.“Not concerned about opening day Carlos Ruiz Jersey ,” Mattingly said. “Feel pretty confident about that and him getting at-bats and getting ready for that.”Alfaro hit .262 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 377 plate appearances for the Phillies last season. In five at-bats this spring, Alfaro has two singles.The Marlins are expecting reserve catcher Chad Wallach back from a quad injury in the coming days. A candidate to back up Alfaro, Wallach played in a simulated game on Friday and should be in the lineup on Sunday against Atlanta.Wallach , son of former major leaguer and current Miami bench coach Tim Wallach, hit .161 in 56 major league at-bats for the Reds and Marlins over the past two seasons.