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Rockies place Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain

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The Rockies placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain, the team announced Sunday. Chatwood was pulled from his start against the Mets on Saturday after attempting to pitch through discomfort in his right leg. He made it through just 19 pitches, recording one out and allowing back-to-back walks and a three-run homer to give the Mets an early lead. In a corresponding move, outfielder Ian Desmond was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday and will take the righty’s spot on the roster after rehabbing a right calf strain of his own.

Chatwood, 27, worked a 6-11 record in 19 starts this season with a 4.74 ERA, 7.4 SO/9 and career-worst 5.1 BB/9 through 106 1/3 innings. He was dinged for his fourth consecutive loss after exiting Saturday’s game, as the Rockies couldn’t recover from a four-run deficit in the first inning and went on to lose 9-3.

It’s been a rough month for the Rockies’ rotation. Left-hander Tyler Anderson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early July, while right-hander Chad Bettis is still working his way back to the mound after undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Club manager Bud Black admitted that his current plan for the rotation is now up in the air, while MLB.com’s Danny Knobler reports that the team’s dearth of viable starters will keep rookie southpaw Kyle Freeland in the rotation, at least for the time being.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.