Drew Pomeranz leaves start with shoulder injury

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A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz exited Monday night’s start against the Astros in the fifth inning with a shoulder injury.

Back-to-back walks caused manager Bob Melvin and the A’s trainer to go visit Pomeranz on the mound, at which point they removed him from the game.

Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Indians and was traded to the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez swap. He struggled in Colorado, but has pitched well since being traded to Oakland with a 3.13 ERA in 112 innings.

He indicated after the game that similar shoulder issues in the past haven’t kept him from pitching, although at some point the “similar shoulder issues in the past” part gets worrisome for a 26-year-old.

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.