Red Sox plan to activate J.D. Drew from DL on September 1

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J.D. Drew has been out since mid-July with a left shoulder impingement, but Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox’s “current plan” is to activate him from the disabled list once rosters expand on September 1.

And with Josh Reddick coming back down to earth following an amazing start Drew might actually be in line for significant playing time down the stretch.

Reddick was hitting .367 with a 1.088 OPS when Drew was placed on the disabled list, but in 30 games since then he’s just 22-for-92 (.239) with two homers and a .631 OPS, striking out 23 times while drawing just six walks.

Drew and Reddick both bat left-handed, so the lack of a platoon opportunity means manager Terry Francona will likely have to choose between them starting next week.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.