Here are the latest updates on a few injury situations from around the American League …
- The Athletics will go a few days without full participation from outfielder Stephen Piscotty, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle covers on Twitter. (He’s pinch running as we speak.) Thankfully, it seems there’s reason to hope he’ll bounce back quickly after receiving a cortisone shot to his balky wrist. Piscotty has turned in a useful but hardly world-beating .264/.308/.438 batting line on the season.
- Orioles righty Alex Cobb is days away from a return, with outfielder Austin Hays seemingly not far behind, as skipper Brandon Hyde tells reporters including Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (Twitter link). Cobb’s absence is as yet not fully explained; the quick turnaround could indicate that he had to step away owing to coronavirus protocols. Regardless, it’s good news that he’s expected to jump right back into active duty.
- The White Sox don’t appear overly concerned with the health status of lefty Dallas Keuchel. He’ll plan to miss a start after taking an early exit from his last outing due to lower back issues, but that’s expected to be the extent of the missed time, as Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times and others mentioned on Twitter. Keuchel has thus far justified the South Siders’ faith in signing him, running up 53 1/3 innings of 2.19 ERA ball.
- Exciting young Blue Jays hurler Nate Pearson is likely not going to build back to a full starter’s role, skipper Charlie Montoyo told reporters including MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm (Twitter links). That’s sensible for a variety of reasons. For one thing, there really isn’t much time to ramp him up. For another, it’s not clear that’d be the right role after Pearson ran into some early MLB struggles. The firmly contending Toronto outfit can certainly make use of Pearson in a relief role while still getting him valuable work at the game’s highest level.
I like getting these injury updates in bulk, as opposed to the individual posts MLBTR puts out when someone goes to the IL (even though this post isn’t about IL placements). I understand this is a free site and more posts/clicks means ad revenue, but the run of posts gets to be a bit much sometimes.
Hope Alex Cobb has a strong finish to the season.
Wasn’t Piscotty second in the AL in RBI’s in the month of August ??
Nate’s not even the most famous Pearson in Toronto
Lester B. Passed a long time ago
Great news for Keuchel!
Yanks should have brought in Keuchel
So Pearson is the #8 prospect in all of baseball and after two rough outings (following a good debut), during at least one of which he was hurt, “It’s not clear that’d be the right role (starting)” for him? Really?
Mostly due to the lack of time remaining in the season, which won’t give him time to rebuild to 80-100 pitches per game. Not due to his lack of skill or the absurdly small sample size of 4 starts which you’re making it sound
Well, if this were a normal year they might’ve left him starting in AAA most of the season (or not, who can say). The decision to promote him was partly because there’s nowhere else to properly develop him at the moment. So if there’s no need in the rotation, there’s an argument for developing him in a lower pressure role this month.
But really it’s because he’d be a 3 or 4 inning starter at best at this point this year.
Man can you imagine the A’s when they get Pis back?!?
what’s amazing is if you look at their numbers, their offense and SP grade out in most ways as league average at best, but that pen is so darn good. only two starters with ERA under 5.00 but 2nd best ERA in the AL.
Their offense goes hot and cold, they struggle vs starters then feast on weak bullpens late in games. Starting pitching Manaea and fiers were terrible in start of season, then improved. Bassitt and montas were great great then hit a rough patch for a couple starts. Luzardo is still learning and was good vs depleted Astros team .