Rockies activate Michael Cuddyer from 15-day disabled list

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As first relayed by Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have activated Michael Cuddyer from the disabled list and optioned Matt McBride back to Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear a roster spot.

Cuddyer missed just 15 days with a strained oblique. He’s batting fourth in the Rockies’ lineup and playing first base on Thursday evening against the Marlins.

The 33-year-old has batted .260/.317/.486 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI across 385 plate appearances since signing a three-year, $31.5 million free agent contract with Colorado this past offseason.

McBride went 4-for-20 (.200) with seven strikeouts and zero walks during his nine-game stay in the bigs.

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.