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Cubs activate Craig Kimbrel

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The Chicago Cubs have activated Craig Kimbrel and he will be available to pitch against his former team, the Atlanta Braves, in this afternoon’s game, which is already underway. Joe Maddon says he won’t use Kimbrel “for more than three outs early on.”

Kimbrel and the Cubs agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract on June 7. He pitched in four games for Iowa after that, allowing one run and two hits in 3.2 innings. To make room for him on the roster right-hander Tony Barnette was optioned to Iowa.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.