Middle Notes: Kimbrel, White Sox, Cubs, Donaldson, Boyd, Warren, File
White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn and Bear cubs Baseball operations president Jed Hoyer began business talks on July 9, ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers reports, and it wasn’t until July 20 that the two sides reconnected for what has become More intensive talks that led to a pair of major deals. In separate agreements, the Sox acquired Ryan tepera July 29, then a deadline day blockbuster that saw Craig kimbrel head south to Chicago.
Nick madrigal emerged as the centerpiece of the Kimbrel deal, although it wasn’t until the day of the trade that the White Sox added the right-hander as well. Codi heuer to make it a two player package. That was enough to put the Sox in front of a competitive market, and in Kimbrel, the team landed a player that Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams had both prioritized as a key acquisition to strengthen the bullpen.
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- Josh donaldson continues to be hampered by pain in his right hamstrings, and he saw no action for the second game in a row. Above twins‘Last 10 games, Donaldson has started twice and has come off the bench three times, and the manager Rocco baldelli says the club is “will still wait and seeIf Donaldson can avoid the injured list. “JD is still in a bit of pain and we’re still working through, figuring out a timeline until he can come back.Baldelli told Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and other reporters.
- Matthew Boyd kicked off a live batting workout at the Tigers‘Spring training center in Lakeland, said manager AJ Hinch Jason Beck of MLB.com and other journalists. Boyd hasn’t pitched since June 14 due to a triceps problem, so a move to the 60-day injured list could be in the works if Detroit needed 40-man space in the near future. Boyd’s BP session represents some progress, and a suitable minor league rehab assignment could follow provided Boyd doesn’t suffer any setbacks. The southpaw has had a strong start to the 2021 season, posting a 3.44 ERA in his first 70 2/3 innings.
- red director David Bell provided an update on Art warren, telling reporters (including Bobby Nightengale from Cincinnati Enquirer) that Warren will need about another month to recover from a left oblique strain. The rookie right-hander has already missed around four weeks due to the injury, which interrupted a strong start to Warren’s first season at Cincinnati. Warren struck out 36.2% of opposing hitters while posting a 1.88 ERA on 14 1/3 innings in the Reds’ box.
- the Brewers announced that the right-hander Dylan File was activated on the 60-day casualty list and optional at Triple-A Nashville. File underwent elbow surgery in February and has yet to kick off this season except for a few rehab outings in the minor leagues. Considering the Brewers face multiple absences from the reliever pen due to injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak, it may not be out of the question that the 25-year-old will be called upon to make their debut. in MLB before the end of the 2021 season.