Red Sox expecting to activate Rick Porcello next week

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Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox plan to reinsert Rick Porcello into the starting rotation as soon as Wednesday. He would be facing the White Sox in Chicago. Porcello has been sidelined since July 30 with a strained right triceps muscle.

Porcello will throw a bullpen on Sunday. Assuming all goes well, the Red Sox will tab him to start on Wednesday.

Porcello, 26, signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the Red Sox in April, but things otherwise haven’t gone his way this year. He carries a 5.81 ERA with a 92/27 K/BB ratio in 114 2/3 innings across 20 starts.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.