Braves activate Chipper Jones from 15-day disabled list

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As first reported by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves have activated third baseman Chipper Jones from the disabled list and are batting him third in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays.

Outfielder Jose Constanza was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding roster move.

Jones missed just under three weeks with a left calf injury — described as a bruise. He returns to a cool .307/.377/.485 slash line, five home runs and 24 RBI.

Atlanta enters play Sunday with a 34-25 record, good enough for second place in the National League East.

Red Sox reportedly listening to offers on Rick Porcello

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Red Sox are “openly listening” to offers for Rick Porcello. He says that the idea is to shed some salary for bullpen help, though just yesterday Dave Dombrowski said he was not planning on spending a lot of money on the bullpen this winter so who friggin’ knows?

Porcello posted a 4.28 ERA in 33 starts this past season. He is owed $21 million in 2019 and will be a free agent this time next year. Seems hard to imagine a deal that makes sense for him, but I suppose anything can happen.