Carlos Zambrano scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow

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With his anger-management courses complete, Carlos Zambrano is now scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow. Monday night Zambrano tossed a scoreless inning at rookie-ball for his first game action since June 25.
According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com he’s “not expected to join the Cubs until the end of the next road trip” that finishes on August 1. And as of now Zambrano will be relegated to the bullpen once he does return to Chicago.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”