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Pirates place Chad Kuhl on 10-day disabled list

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The Pirates placed right-hander Chad Kuhl on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, per a team announcement on Friday. The move is retroactive to June 26 and will allow Kuhl to come off the DL during the club’s series against the Phillies next weekend, though it’s not yet clear exactly how long they expect him to be sidelined.

The 25-year-old righty appeared to suffer the injury during Tuesday’s start against the Mets. He turned in a solid four innings of two-run, four-strikeout ball, but experienced discomfort in his right forearm throughout his outing and was pulled prior to the fifth. Through Tuesday, Kuhl carries a 5-5 record in 16 starts with a career-high 4.55 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 85 innings. This appears to be the first significant arm injury of his career to date.

In a corresponding move, infielder Max Moroff was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Moroff, 25, left Triple-A with a .258/.348/.455, five home runs and an .803 OPS in 155 PA, but hasn’t fared quite as well at the major league level. He’ll look to improve on his .215 average and three extra-base hits while playing off the bench.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.