The Astros made right-handed ace Gerrit Cole a late scratch from his start against the White Sox on Tuesday because of right hamstring discomfort, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic was among those to report. The severity of the injury isn’t known, but it’s worth keeping an eye on considering Cole’s importance to the Astros and his status as the game’s best pending free agent. As of now, the 28-year-old workhorse is on pace for his third consecutive 200-inning season. He has given Houston 156 2/3 frames of 2.87 ERA/3.11 FIP ball with 12.98 K/9 and 2.24 BB/9 in 2019.
- Indians righty Carlos Carrasco has been battling leukemia, which has kept him out of action since May 30, but he’s champing at the bit to return, Mandy Bell of MLB.com explains. Carrasco, who fielded grounders off the mound at Progressive Field on Tuesday, is hoping to throw to hitters Friday. Manager Terry Francona wasn’t prepared to state whether that’ll happen, saying: “That’s still to be determined. I mean, the idea that he wants to, I think is terrific. But there’s got to be some sign-off from the medical people. But the fact he feels he’s ready to do that is tremendous.” Meanwhile, fellow key righty Corey Kluber was effective over four innings during a rehab start at the Double-A level Tuesday, Bell tweets. Afterward, Kluber called it “the last big step” in his rehab (via SportsTime Ohio). The two-time Cy Young winner has been out since fracturing his right forearm May 1, but the Indians have nonetheless gone 72-47. With a half-game lead in the AL Central, they have the inside track on a fourth straight division title.
- Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea enjoyed an encouraging rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle details. Manaea, out since last September after undergoing shoulder surgery, fired 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and totaled 10 strikeouts. He and fellow rehabbing lefty Jesus Luzardo seem that much closer to giving playoff-contending Oakland a couple much-needed pitching reinforcements. Luzardo, also out all season (because of shoulder and lat troubles), will start for Las Vegas on Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com tweets.
- Rays infielders Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle are moving toward rehab assignments, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe went to the IL on July 4 with a right shin contusion, while Wendle has been down since the end of last month with a wrist issue. The 25-year-old Lowe had been a serious candidate for the AL’s top rookie honors prior to his injury, as he slashed .276/.339/.523 with 16 home runs and 2.5 fWAR in 307 plate appearances.
- Tigers lefty Blaine Hardy has undergone a season-ending platelet-rich plasma injection, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. Hardy amassed 44 1/3 innings out of the Tigers’ bullpen this season and recorded a 4.47 ERA/5.72 FIP with 5.89 K/9, 2.64 BB/9 and a 48.5 percent groundball rate.
Boyd sure does look like an ace right tiger fans???? Lol serving up tators like a boss. I bet all the teams looking to make a trade this past trade deadline, sure glad they didn’t give up the premium talent they were asking for him. I knew he be back to his old ways. Just because a dog can catch a bus don’t mean he can drive it.. In other words just because he had a few good dominant starts, don’t mean he some future premium starter..
Well I’d rather have him than all of the Yankee staff
Especially that 16-2 Germán guy! What a loser, he’s terrible!
Give German an outfield of Demeritte, Goodrum and Dixon and he wouldn’t be 16 and 2.
MLBTR called Castellanos unplayable in the outfield… what would they call the Tigers outfielders now?
Dixon and Goodrum ran into each other and the ball bounced off their gloves and landed as a home run. I mean, aren’t there copy write infringements rights being violated here? Bad News Bears had the exact same scene.
Using win/loss record is one of the worst ways to evaluate a pitcher. Degrom last year had sub 2 era but couldn’t win. German is a great pitcher in the works but still has an era of almost 4 and a FIP of almost 5. With that said I’d still take him over Boyd.
Its time we see Derek Hill in CF and Niko Goodrum at a permanent position where he can develop his defensive skills at. He’s not a natural Super Sub.
He needs to be at SS. it’s where he’s looked the most comfortable. His bat will mostly play anywhere, he’s respectable for a utility man.
I’ll take Paxton over Boyd. Put Boyd in New York and he’s probably James Paxton 2.0 or worse. Paxton was a better pitcher than him before he had to pitch in NY. Gave up another 4 bombs in Comerica today. No thanks. It’s not as if anyone was going to meet that ridiculous ask anyhow.
You pitch for the tiger and see your stat…bet boyd better than your comment
Pitching is independent of your offense. And his biggest issue is HRS, not poor defense. I don’t see a guy who is any better than Paxton.
But yet the last time Boyd pitches in Yankee stadium he pitched over 6 innings and had 13 strikeouts. Your comment is irrelevant.
One game sample size in Yankee stadium? And you want to talk about irrelevant? See ya.
dude is just figuring it out this year. Keep in touch with him and I think you’ll eat your words, again.
That’s an awfully shortsighted take. Everyone in the league has HR issues, Boyd just keeps making the same mistake. One small fix and he’s back to normal. He’s on a 3 year deal, to say he won’t improve is simply ignorant. To say he hasn’t improved is also ignorant. I don’t think anyone was going to trade for him to be an ace this year…in three years though?? The stuff and intelligence is there. Just needs fine tuning.
Exactly. Verlander even has HR issues but he’s one of the best if not the best pitcher in baseball right now. Boyd is young. Give him time to figure everything out. He’s racking up strikeouts this year like crazy. He’ll finish with over 230. Boyd will either net the Tigers a huge haul or be the veteran presence when Mize, Manning and Faedo get to the bigs.
i really wish we traded him. Most of us Tigers fans really hate our GM
Conversely, I’m glad the Tigers did not trade Matthew Boyd. However, its not the Tiger GM I’m disappointed with, its the performance of the Tiger’s scouting department.
Picklepolisher was real quiet when Boyd was getting quality start after quality start and the yankees were giving up 10 runs a game.
It’s been a while since we heard from you.
BTW, no on claimed Boyd was an ace… a solid number 3 but no ace.
Man quit saying I’m a Yankee fan lol. I hate the Yankees lol. I’m a Giants fan. And when he had a few of good starts I praised him and said he is pitching well but I doubt He would keep it up. Side note… My dude madbum slung another great outing last night. I remember all tiger fans saying Boyd was better than madbum. Lol. C’mon now really??? Lol. Please
you give Giants fans a bad rep…geez
No one said boyd was better than madbum. Boyd has 3 years of control, that’s why they asked for a large haul.
I wonder if he pitched in a pitchers park like San fran…
Why when everyone bashed Madbun before the trade deadline when Boyd had a era around 3 saying he was better that they would take Boyd over madbum. And I’m sticking to my prediction is that he’s not better than madbum and his era will be just like his career’s come seasons end. So get off my sac sacball lol
The whole team quit weeks ago. Boyd is in a locker room where individual success would force him into social isolation.
Really? That’s your take? He is playing poorly on purpose because he’ll have no friends if he’s good?
Hardy will be eligible for arbitration for the third time. He’d be eligible four times in all if it’s allowed to run it’s course. Before the 2018 season, he was eligible and settled before the non tender deadline. Last year, he settled for the second time.
Expect the Tigers to not tender contracts or release a number of their arbitration eligible players including Hardy, Hicks, Stumpf, and VerHagen. Of those players, I’d like to see Hardy brought back.
Why would you want Hardy back? He’s not that good. Serves up too many bombs for a reliever.
Hardy has been pitching injured, and hasn’t been able to use his cutter. He was very effective a year ago, and for the past few seasons.
I have my doubts they’d non tender VerHagen. They seem to have this weird fascination with him.
Tigers have a wierd fascination with a bunch of players.
Cole on the shelf for a game or two? That gives Verlander a real good shot to take the lead in strikeouts and win a second career pitching triple crown.
Quadruple Crown when adding HRs allowed…
Wishing Carrasco a speedy recovery. I think most people would want to return to their profession as quickly as possible. Anything to take your mind off the fact that you’re battling cancer. God that sucks. Wish him nothing but the best.