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Brandon Woodruff to return from injured list, start vs. Padres

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Brewers All-Star starter Brandon Woodruff will return from the injured list to start Tuesday’s game against the Padres, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. Woodruff will be held to a limited pitch count, giving way to Gio González once that threshold is reached.

Woodruff, 26, has been out since July 21 due to a strained left oblique. With two weeks left in the season, Woodruff returns with an 11-3 record, a 3.75 ERA, and a 136/29 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings.

Manager Craig Counsell said the club is hoping to get three starts from Woodruff before the end of the regular season. That may be just enough to make an impact on the Brewers’ Wild Card chances. They entered Monday’s action one game behind the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.