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Phillies activate Scott Kingery from injured list

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The Phillies activated infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery from the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Rockies. Kingery has been laid up with a right hamstring strain since late April and recently completed a minor league rehab stint in Low-A Lakewood and Double-A Reading. In a corresponding move, outfielder Nick Williams was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kingery, 25, was tested at a variety of positions throughout his rehab assignment and eventually placed in center field for Sunday’s series finale. He entered the game 13-for-35 with six extra-base hits, one stolen base, and six RBI through his first 14 games of the year.

With Williams reassigned to Triple-A, Kingery looks like the only real outfield option left on Philadelphia’s bench. Infielders Phil Gosselin and Sean Rodríguez and backup catcher Andrew Knapp round out the rest of the group, though assistant GM Ned Rice told reporters that he’s comfortable playing Gosselin and Rodríguez at “just about any position.”

While 25-year-old Williams proved a serviceable fourth outfield option through the first few weeks of the season, he was limited to just eight starts and batted a disappointing .180/.231/.262 with three extra bases and four RBI across 65 plate appearances.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of 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.