The Red Sox trade Robert Coello to the Cubs

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The Cubbies got what in all likelihood will be bullpen help today when they acquired Robert Coello from the Red Sox. In exchange they sent infielder Tony Thomas to Boston.

Coello, who was DFA’s last week, had a brief callup at the end of last season. He only pitched in six games, but he struck out 10.9 batters per nine innings as a swingman down in AA and AAA. He’s not a prospect — he’s 26 — but he could be useful for Chicago.

Thomas is a 24 year-old infielder who showed a reasonable amount of pop in AA, putting up a line of .276/.338/.485 last year which is only a tad higher than his minor league career averages.  Of course there isn’t anywhere for him on the Red Sox, but there is no shame in being an organizational soldier for a new organization, right?

Yeah, I know. This is small potatoes even for me, and I deal in a lot of small potato posts around here.  In my defense, this is actual baseball content and not depressing contract negotiation stuff, and that should be worth something, right?

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.