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'Non-baseball medical matter' puts Red Sox' Brian Johnson on injured list

'Non-baseball medical matter' puts Red Sox' Brian Johnson on injured list

Ahead of the opener of their two-game series with the Yankees in London, the Red Sox have placed lefty Brian Johnson back on the 10-day injured list with what the team called a "non-baseball related medical matter that was discovered during routine testing by the club's medical staff."

Johnson, 28, has been used a reliever and spot starter and returned to the fifth spot in the rotation after coming off the IL with elbow inflammation two weeks ago. He's 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in seven games. To take Johnson's spot on the roster, right-handed reliever Hector Velazquez (1-3, 5.59 in 19 games) was activated. He made one appearance in between IL stints with a back strain - in the 17-inning loss in Minnesota June 18.

The Red Sox were allowed to bring a 28-man traveling squad to London by Major League Baseball and play with a 26-man active roster. Oscar Hernandez is an extra catcher, though not active, and outfielder Sam Travis was added as the 26th man. 

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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