Rockies planning rest this weekend for CarGo, Tulo

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The Rockies are shutting it down.

Eliminated from playoff contention this week, manager Jim Tracy and Co. decided to leave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez out of Thursday’s lineup against the Cardinals.  According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the plan is to rest him during Sunday’s season finale as well.

Gonzalez, 24, has burst onto the scene this season with an obscene .338/.378/.602 batting line, 34 homers and 117 RBI in 583 at-bats.  He’s also swiped 25 bases and scored 111 runs.  But the Rockies want to give him a slight head-start on the offseason.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who has 15 homers and 40 RBI in the month of September, is also expected to see time off this weekend.

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.