Matt Kemp activated from the disabled list

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The Dodgers have activated Matt Kemp from the 15-day disabled list. He’s not starting Friday, as the Dodgers are going to ease him into action, but Kemp is expecting to make his first start tomorrow.
Today’s bench-riding notwithstanding, the Dodgers now have Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig healthy at the same time. Take a picture, folks. If history is any guide it won’t last long.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.