Dodgers activate Paco Rodriguez from the disabled list

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The Dodgers have activated reliever Paco Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list, reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Rodriguez hasn’t pitched since August 3 due to a strained teres major muscle. He will be available during tonight’s game against the Giants.

Rodriguez hasn’t pitched much in the majors this season and he’s put up mediocre results, sporting a 4.35 ERA over 10 1/3 innings. He had similar results with Triple-A Albuquerque, as he posted a 4.40 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. He was fantastic for the Dodgers last season, and they hope the lefty can rediscover that magic as the club attempts to widen its one-game lead over the Giants in the NL West.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.