Diamondbacks righty Jon Duplantier is back from the injured list, but he’s not heading onto the MLB roster. He’ll be optioned back to Triple-A, as MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert tweets. It’s good to see that he’s ready to get back to action already. When Duplantier hit the shelf in mid-June with shoulder inflammation, there was at least some fear of a reasonably significant injury. In his first 25 frames of MLB action, the now-25-year-old worked to a 4.32 ERA with 24 strikeouts and nine walks.
- After a brief run in their rotation, righty Jesse Chavez has returned to the Rangers’ bullpen, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports on Twitter. The club will recall lefty Joe Palumbo from Triple-A Nashville to start Monday in Seattle. Chavez is coming off three straight starts in which he yielded at least four earned runs, and his outing against Arizona on Wednesday was especially grisly. Chavez coughed up seven earned runs on five hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
- The Dodgers announced Friday that reliever Dylan Floro has been placed on the 10-day injured list with neck inflammation. He’s replaced by fellow righty Casey Sadler. Injury aside, Floro has been one of several Dodgers relievers to take steps back since last season. Floro combined for a 2.25 ERA and a 55.1 percent groundball rate in 64 innings between LA and Cincinnati in 2018, but he’s at 4.11 and 51.9 in those categories across 35 frames this year. While Floro has walked fewer hitters, his strikeout and home run rates have gone in the wrong direction.
- Mariners reliever Hunter Strickland is on track for potential activation next weekend, per MLB.com’s Daniel Kramer (via Twitter). He’ll first need to make it through three rehab appearances at Triple-A, but it’s good news for the 30-year-old reliever, who has been sidelined for a long stretch with a lat injury. Strickland had been slated to serve as the Seattle closer until going on the IL on March 30 with a right lat strain.
Any chance that Mike Leake’s performane tonight was enough to get him traded to a contender?
You’re right, last night’s near perfection alone won’t do it.
But his line on the year probably will. Teams know he’ll keep them in the game and give them innings. That’s attractive to contenders who need to keep their bullpen fresh.
Yep. The thing about Leake is when he’s bad, he’s really bad, but most of the time he gets s lot of quality innings. His numbers are skewed by two really bad outings but he also has pitched 7+ innings with 2 runs or less in 5 of his last 8 games and the 6th game was 6IP with 4ER
I think MLBTR reported yesterday that there was virtually no interest at all in Leake as a trade candidate
Well that was also before throwing 8 perfect innings…
They suggested there was minimal interest. But I would bet interest will pick up quickly as the deadline approaches.
Floro’s neck inflammation stems from him constantly turning around to see where and how far his last pitch was hit.
A bunch of Dodger relievers could sue the batters for whiplash.
As with several of our Dodger arsonists
Sad but true. How many times can you do the same thing and expect a different result. Oh yeah that’s the definition of insanity!