The Astros are being “very conservative” with ace Dallas Keuchel as the left-hander progresses through rehab for a neck injury, manager A.J. Hinch said in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM today (Twitter link). According to Hinch, Keuchel is currently in the midst of a seven-day total shutdown from throwing and won’t throw until this weekend at the earliest. “It doesn’t concern me yet, because that’s the plan we have in place,” said Hinch of the shutdown for Keuchel. Houston, of course, has a massive 12-game lead in the AL West, so the Astros can afford to be cautious with Keuchel’s rehab from recurring neck discomfort.
More notable injury updates from around the league…
- Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks experienced discomfort when testing out his injured right hand today and has had his target return date pushed back, reports Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago. Manager Joe Maddon wouldn’t offer much in the way of specifics, instead more vaguely stating, “There’s no definitive timeline, no finish line. It’s just that he’s not ready.” Hendricks was placed on the disabled list last week in what the Cubs hoped would be a short-term move due to tendinitis in his right hand, but it seems that he’ll have a lengthier absence than anticipated. Maddon said he “would not be surprised” if Hendricks’ injury was re-tested in the near future.
- Cole Hamels is on the verge of embarking on a minor league rehab assignment, as Richard Dean writes for MLB.com. The Rangers southpaw tossed two sets of 15 pitches in a bullpen session today and “came out good,” per Texas skipper Jeff Banister. Hamels threw fastballs and breaking balls in today’s session and, depending how he feels in the coming days, may not require further bullpens before his rehab stint begins. He’s been sidelined since early May due to an oblique issue and was originally slated to miss roughly eight weeks.
- Athletics right-hander Andrew Triggs underwent an MRI on his ailing right hip, which revealed some structural damage, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. However, A’s manager Bob Melvin stressed that it’s not yet clear if the damage in Triggs’ hip is old or is a newer ailment that will require more attention. Triggs was hoping to miss a maximum of two starts, but there’s now no timetable for his return, according to Melvin, who adds that Triggs is also experiencing some back pain. The 28-year-old Triggs was sensational through his first eight starts, recording a 2.12 ERA with 6.8 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and a 54 percent ground-ball rate. However, Triggs was shelled for 26 runs (20 earned) on 32 hits and seven walks with 15 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings over his final four starts prior to landing on the DL. Of the 32 hits he yielded in that time, seven were home runs.
- In what has unfortunately become a familiar refrain for Red Sox fans, right-hander Tyler Thornburg has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from a still-undetermined shoulder injury, writes Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Thornburg had been long-tossing from 120 feet, but he’s now been shut down from that activity. Surgery has still not been recommended for Thornburg, manager John Farrell tells Britton. Fellow righty Carson Smith is targeting a rehab assignment this weekend, per Farrell, though a scheduled simulated game was pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday. And, as Britton points out, the new CBA extends the rehab window for players coming back from Tommy John surgery from 30 days to 60 days, so Smith could have a lengthier rehab than most.
It’s maddening to read the Sox RHP bullpen injury news. It’s like déjà vu all over again…..
Dave Dombrowski seems to have pretty bad luck when it comes to bullpen acquisitions
Boston in general seems to have that problem and I don’t know what they can do to stop it. They’ve gotten really unlucky with relievers
The internal options we’ve been getting haven’t been terrible but they do have their moments where you hate them extremely lol
And yes the bullpen trade record was bad before DD
Still have the 3rd ranked bullpen in the AL .. as far as ERA goes. Heart pounding moments sometimes to be sure but they seem to get the job done. If Smith returns soon in form, I think the pen will stand up down the stretch. Wtf is up with that shoulder though? Was said to be a minor impingement due to a misinterpretation of a off-season strengthening routine. It’s June wtf.
He just has a problem with destroying the farms of every team he goes to
How do they still not know what the problem is? It has been months and months, now. He’s not dealing with some sort of rare disease. Jfc. That trade just keeps looking worse and worse thanks to Poundcake Sandoval.
Fortunately their bullpen is performing well without either of them. Could be a huge boost with Carson Smith going on his rehab.
DD has turned the Boston Red Sox into the Detroit Tigers east. His motto is screw the farm system. He grossly miscalculated the Yankees progress. In short, the Sox are screwed for the foreseeable future.
Screwed for the foreseeable future is a bit drastic as they have a solid core of young players in the bigs right now that’ll be around a while.
Ever think they get hurt due to there mandatory workout exercises in spring training? Thornburg even said it was a lot different the Brewers.
Cubs need to start buying some pitching…and fast.
Great owner and front office, but there’s plenty of money in their pockets from extremely team friendly deals from the young bucks.
Time to start dishing out that dough. I have no doubt they will get what they need.
It must be hard to get motivated to hit when you know most of your pitchers are probably God got get shelled, and that you’ll need at least 6 runs to win. As a former player, that’s what I would be thinking.
**Going to get shelled**