Pirates activate Josh Harrison from the disabled list

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Pirates infielder Josh Harrison is off the disabled list and back on the active roster after missing the past six weeks with a torn thumb ligament.

Before the injury Harrison was having a rough season, following up last year’s All-Star campaign by hitting just .279 with four homers and a .696 OPS that represents a 141-point drop from 2014. He went just 1-for-19 on a minor-league rehab assignment, but was able to convince the Pirates that he’s ready to play.

His return to the lineup at third base likely means July trade pickup and career-long third baseman Aramis Ramirez will regularly shift across the diamond to first base, cutting into Pedro Alvarez’s playing time significantly. Harrison may also see some time at second base in place of Neil Walker.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.