Cotton (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch in relief during Saturday's spring game against the Diamondbacks. Cotton had been dealing with shoulder soreness to begin camp, but he threw off a mound in late February and will make his Cactus League debut Saturday. The right-hander should now compete for a major-league roster spot after signing with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee in December.
Cotton is dealing with shoulder soreness but is expected to throw off a mound Wednesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. This will be Cotton's first time throwing off a mound since training camp opened. He was signed as a non-roster invitee in December.
Cotton signed with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Monday. Once a fairly promising prospect, Cotton recorded an unremarkable 4.95 ERA in 158.1 innings for Oakland in 2016 and 2017 before seeing his career derailed by Tommy John surgery. He's yet to return to the highest level, most recently spending last season with the Cubs' organization but failing to earn a call-up. He's at least landed with a team short on established arms, but there's little reason to expect a player with his unimpressive track record to make a big impact even if he earns a roster spot.
Cotton was released by the Cubs on Saturday. The team claimed Ildemaro Vargas off waivers Saturday and released Cotton to make room. The 28-year-old righty never appeared in a big league game for the Cubs and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 when he was with Oakland. He'll now look to latch on with a new club before the condensed 2020 season is over.
The Cubs outrighted Cotton to their alternate training site in South Bend on Thursday. While he'd already been working out at South Bend, he'll stick around as part of the Cubs' 60-man roster pool after Chicago designated him for assignment over the weekend to remove him from the 40-man roster. Cotton hasn't appeared in the majors since 2017, when he posted a 5.58 ERA over 129 innings with Oakland.
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