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Cubs Activate Third Baseman Kris Bryant From The Disabled List

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The Chicago Cubs activated third baseman Kris Bryant from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

As the corresponding roster move, the Cubs optioned infielder David Bote to Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant has not played since June 22 because of left shoulder stiffness. This season, he is batting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games.

The Cubs announced that Bryant will be batting third and playing third base on Wednesday afternoon in their series finale against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

At 52-37, the Cubs are 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central. They currently hold the top Wild-Card spot in the National League.

Bryant’s return should give the Cubs lineup a decent boost. They are going to need his bat during the second half of the season as they compete with the Brewers for the NL Central title.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Chicago Cubs have signed left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat)

In corresponding moves, the Cubs transferred starting pitcher Yu Darivish to the 6-day disabled list and left-hander Randy Rosario, who has pitched to a 3.00 ERA so far this season, was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week after struggling to a 4.63 ERA this season.

 

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