The Cubs may sign Pedro. Why?

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According to the Chicago Tribune (and a bunch of other sources) the Cubs are scouting and seriously considering signing Pedro Martinez.

I love Pedro as much as the next guy, but why on Earth are the Cubs
doing this? Pedro’s career line is .134/.124/.258! There’s no way he
can solve the Cubs’ problems.

Wait, you say they want him to be a pitcher? No, that can’t be
right, because measured by ERA, they have the best starting pitching in
baseball right now. They don’t need him. Given that they’re 11th in the
NL in runs per game and sinking (they’ve been shutout or scored one run
ten times over the last 25 games), certainly their scouts are looking
at him for his bat, right?

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.