Rafael Soriano is “day-to-day” with elbow inflammation

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Rafael Soriano underwent and MRI exam yesterday after complaining of elbow soreness and the news is positive, as Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that he’s “day-to-day” with elbow inflammation.

According to Carig he’s expected to test the injury by playing catch tomorrow and presumably could be cleared for game action as soon as Friday, when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Red Sox in New York.

Soriano coughed up nine runs in his first 10 appearances after signing a $35 million deal with the Yankees this offseason, but has put together a modest four-appearance scoreless streak to bring his overall ERA down to 5.79.

Jake Arrieta to return to Cubs’ rotation on Thursday

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.

Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.

Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.

Cardinals activate Adam Wainwright from the disabled list

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The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.

Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.