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Padres acquire Matt Szczur from the Cubs


The Padres announced on Monday that the club acquired outfielder Matt Szczur from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Justin Hancock.

Szczur, 27, was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday. He hit a meager .211/.273/.263 in 23 plate appearances as a bench player.

Hancock, 26, has spent the season with Double-A San Antonio, posting a 6.23 ERA with an 11/7 K/BB ratio in 13 innings.

Chris Sale exits game with hip contusion

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.

This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.