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Cubs activate Craig Kimbrel

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Two weeks ago today the Cubs placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his right elbow. Today he was activated. He’ll be available for tonight’s game against the Cardinals in Chicago.

It’s been a lost season in multiple ways for Kimbrel. He was left unsigned until inking a three-year, $43 million contract on June 6. The lack of a spring training and a normal season routine may or may not have contributed to his injury woes, but it’s hard to see how it could’ve helped. As it was this was his second stint on the injured list. He was out with a knee injury between August 4-17 and has only tossed nine innings on the season.

He has a chance now to help the Cubs who are in a pitched battle for a playoff spot, either as NL Central champs — they currently trail the Cardinals by three games — or as an NL Wild Card rep.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.