Pujols, Holliday scratched from Cardinals' lineup

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After sitting out two games with back soreness Albert Pujols was slated to return to the lineup this afternoon, but instead he was a late scratch. Pujols did take batting practice before the game, so obviously the injury isn’t particularly serious.
Matt Holliday will also join Pujols on the bench after he “felt something in his rib cage,” according to manager Tony La Russa. Presumably the “something” he “felt in his rib cage” was soreness or, I suppose, basically just anything else besides “ribs.”

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.