Estrada is dealing with a glute strain that drove him from his most recent outing, on July 3rd. The club had held off on a DL placement, but has now made the move. Estrada’s placement is backdated as far as permissible, to July 10th, and the impact of the absence will be limited owing to the All-Star break.
There’s no real indication at this point that Estrada will be out for a lengthy stretch. But the news could impact his potential trade candidacy. If Estrada is able to return after the minimum required absence, though, it’s still possible he could make two or even three starts before the trade deadline.
Of course, as trade candidates go, the veteran righty likely isn’t a top priority for contenders. He’s carrying only a 4.72 ERA on the year, though as we recently examined, there are some reasons to believe that there will be some interest. Of course, his $13MM salary also makes him an obvious candidate to be dealt in the month of August, as he’d almost certainly clear waivers.