John Lindsey, 33-year-old rookie, done for season

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It’s not difficult to understand why we as baseball fans root for the past-his-prime rookie.  He is an underdog.  He is like us in some ways.  He is finally getting a shot in “The Show.”  All that Hollywood stuff.

33-year-old John Lindsey, an infielder for the Dodgers, provided a Hollywood moment on September 9 of this season.  After 16 years in the minor leagues, 1,571 games played on the farm and countless bus rides, Lindsey finally got his shot in a major league pinch-hitting appearance and … flew out.

To me, it’s always better that way.  Feels more real.

Lindsey got a standing ovation that night by the alert Dodger Stadium crowd and eventually got his first hit.  He racked up 12 major league at-bats over the past two weeks.  But now he’s done for the season, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, due to a fracture in his left hand that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch during Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks. 

That’s baseball.  Ain’t it great?

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.