Former Cubs pitcher Randy Wells retires

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Randy Wells, who pitched for the Cubs from 2008-2012 and unsuccessfully competed for a spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation this spring, has retired at age 30 according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Wells had been pitching at Triple-A Round Rock, where he went 0-4 with a 6.08 ERA in five starts. He pitched a total of 529 innings in the majors with a 4.08 ERA and 345/189 K/BB ratio, including an impressive 2009 rookie season in which he won a dozen games with a 3.05 ERA.

Report: Nationals to call up prospect Carter Kieboom

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Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.

Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.

With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.