Craig Kimbrel to be activated by the Cubs Thursday

Chicago Cubs pitcher Craig Kimbrel is on his way to Chicago and will be activated in time for Thursday's game.

What It Means:

Kimbrel signed with the Cubs back in early June and has been getting in shape down at Triple-A. He appears ready to roll and will be inserted as the team's closer right away. Pedro Strop is expected to move to a setup role. No word on the corresponding move yet.

Kimbrel posted a 2.74 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 42 saves and 96 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 2018.