Derek Holland was acquired by the Cubs on Friday from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named, giving the Cubs a new left-handed option out of the bullpen.

As part of the trade, San Francisco agreed to send Chicago $1,846,505 to cover all but $425,000 of the $2,271,505 remaining in Holland's $6.5 million salary this year. San Francisco also agreed to a conditional $500,000 payment if the Cubs decline Holland's $6.5 million option for 2020 and pay him a $500,000 buyout.

The 32-year-old is 2-4 with a 5.90 ERA in seven starts and 24 relief appearances this year. He started the season in the rotation and was 1-4 with a 23.63 ERA when he was moved to the bullpen in mid-May. He has a 5.03 ERA as a reliever this season but has held left-handers to a .182 batting average with one extra-base hit in 89 plate appearances this year.

"His numbers are pretty spectacular left-on-left right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "We're getting him in, and I'll get an opportunity to speak with him, then we'll put him right out there."

Nationals' Scherzer

gets back treatment

Washington ace Max Scherzer received a stem cell shot to treat his strained back and hopes to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Atlanta.

Scherzer returned from the injured list Thursday and in his first start since July 6 allowed three runs and four hits over five innings during an 8-7 loss to Colorado. He had been sidelined by inflammation under his right shoulder.

An MRI on Friday revealed the mid-back strain. Scherzer will not throw for two days.

"He has a strain of his rhomboid," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "He's going to get shut down for two days then we'll see how he feels from there. Right now, he wants to make his next start."

Around the bases

Carlos Correa was in the Houston Astros' lineup on Friday night for the first time since May 26.
He missed 50 games with a broken rib, an injury sustained during an accident at home. ... Infielder Travis Shaw, who slumped badly after hitting 63 homers over the previous two seasons with Milwaukee, was recalled Friday after almost a month at Triple-A San Antonio. Shaw took the roster spot of right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday and expected to miss two to four weeks. ... The Boston Red Sox are not pursuing a protest of a game at Tampa Bay earlier this week, when conflict developed after the Rays' designated hitter was removed. Boston declined to file the required written protest after being advised by Major League Baseball that they would not win, general manager Dave Dombrowski said, according to team spokesman Kevin Gregg.