Dodgers to activate Manny, place him on waivers?

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers will activate outfielder Manny Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday evening’s game against the Reds and start him in left field.  Of course, he might not be with Los Angeles for long.

The Dodgers are expected to place him on waivers almost immediately, allowing interested teams to put in a claim.  If he makes it through to the contending clubs in the National League, a deal seems likely. 

Sure, Manny hasn’t posted the kind of high-slugging numbers that we’ve come to expect, but he’s a seasoned veteran when it comes to postseason play and he would make for a fine late-innings pinch-hitter on any playoff team.  His low numbers this season have more to do with a rash of injuries than anything.

The 38-year-old outfielder is batting .317/.409/.516 with eight homers and 39 RBI this season in 186 at-bats.  A right-handed batter, he has a .955 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.