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Cubs reinstate Kris Bryant from 10-day disabled list

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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start in Saturday’s game against the Phillies, per a club announcement. Bryant hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 23, when he suffered another bout of chronic left shoulder soreness, but has made steady progress in a lengthy rehab stint since then.

Despite losing nearly nine weeks of the regular season to shoulder issues, the 26-year-old infielder maintained a healthy .276/.380/.474 batting line, 11 home runs and an .854 OPS through 358 plate appearances in 2018. As this is the first protracted absence he’s taken from the game, it’s not certain that he’ll be able to produce the kind of All Star-level output the Cubs saw from him over the last three years, though he managed to successfully complete his latest rehab assignment in Triple-A without signs of further setbacks.

With the return of the 40-man roster, the Cubs also reinstated Addison Russell from the 10-day DL (left middle finger sprain) on Saturday, though they don’t expect to use him as much more than a defensive replacement for the time being. James Norwood, Terrance Gore, and Taylor Davis were brought up from Triple-A Iowa as well.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.