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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Cubs' Kimbrel nears return

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Craig Kimbrel won't be activated from the injured list today, but the Cubs closer believes he could return by this weekend.

“Hopefully just a couple more days,” Kimbrel said Tuesday after throwing his first bullpen session since being placed on the IL with right knee inflammation. “If it keeps progressing the way it is, absolutely.”

Kimbrel could return by this weekend against the Pirates if he passes his next two tests. Kimbrel will undergo a series of fielding drills before today's game and throw another bullpen session in a few days.

Extra innings

St. Louis activated catcher Yadier Molina from the injured list, placed outfielder Jose Martinez (shoulder) on it and selected outfielder Randy Arozarena from Triple-A Memphis. ... Atlanta rookie outfielder Austin Riley will not need surgery on his injured right knee and expects to return to the Braves' lineup in about two weeks. ... Washington and right-handed reliever Greg Holland have an agreement in principle on a minor league contract. ... Former player Doug DeCinces was sentenced to eight months of home detention and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for his role in an insider-trading scheme.