Ted Lilly could be ready to rejoin Cubs' rotation next weekend

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Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that Ted Lilly “will make what should be his final rehabilitation start Monday” at Single-A and could rejoin the Cubs’ rotation as soon as next weekend against the Brewers.
Lilly is coming back from shoulder surgery and a knee injury suffered during spring training. He reported no problems with either injury after allowing one run over four innings Wednesday at Triple-A, but threw just 50 pitches. He’s expected to throw 75-80 pitches in Monday’s start, which means Lilly will probably still be somewhat limited once he slides back into the Cubs’ rotation.
No word yet on who the Cubs plan to bump from the rotation to make room for Lilly, but Carlos Silva would seemingly be the obvious choice, although van Dyck also suggests Tom Gorzelanny could get the boot.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.