Chicago Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop is set to be activated off the disabled list Friday, solidifying the team’s bullpen for the playoffs.
Strop threw about 20 pitches without difficulty in a simulated game Tuesday in Chicago and declared himself pain-free following knee and groin injuries. Manager Joe Maddon said Strop would pitch Friday against St. Louis.
Left-hander Steven Matz, who hasn’t pitched for the New York Mets since Aug. 14 because of tightness in his throwing shoulder, went through a long-toss workout and could start Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. ... The New York Yankees reinstated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the...