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Zack Greinke exits start with apparent injury

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke exited Wednesday afternoon’s start against the Pirates with two outs in the eighth inning with an apparent injury. Grienke grimaced after throwing a pitch to Pirates reliever Chris Stratton, batting in what was at the time an 8-0 game in favor of the D-Backs. Greinke spoke with the team trainer before exiting the game. Yoshihisa Hirano entered the game and finished off the at-bat by striking out Stratton to end the inning.

Grienke may have suffered his apparent injury when he was batting to lead off the sixth inning, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic suggests. At any rate, the D-Backs should pass along word on Greinke’s status later tonight. [Update: Greinke was removed due to abdominal tightness and will undergo an MRI on Friday, the team says.]

On the afternoon, Greinke pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, limiting the Pirates to just four hits with no walks and five strikeouts as the D-Backs won 11-1. He now owns a 6-1 record with a 2.78 ERA and a 62/8 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings this season.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.