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The Indians dropped their second straight game to the Tigers Tuesday, but the news they received before the game was an even bigger blow.
Promising right-hander Corey Kluber had to be placed on the disabled list due to a sprained right middle finger. Kluber had just spun 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Tigers on Monday, but he apparently hurt his finger in the process. It’s not clear at this point how long he’ll be sidelined, but teammate Zach McAllister missed seven weeks earlier this season with the same injury.
Kluber has been a breakout performer for the Tribe this season, posting a 3.54 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 116/26 K/BB ratio over 122 innings. He had put up a 1.98 ERA and 40/10 K/BB ratio over his last 41 frames. There’s no doubt that his loss will be felt, but it will allow the Indians to get an extended look at an exciting youngster.
Danny Salazar had already been in line to make a spot start for Cleveland on Wednesday, but he’s now probably looking at a long stay in the rotation. The 23-year-old fireballer struck out seven while allowing just one run and two hits in his major league debut versus the Blue Jays last month, regularly touching the upper-90s on the radar gun. He’s put up a 2.71 ERA and brilliant 129/24 K/BB ratio over 93 frames in the minors in 2013 and is certainly worthy of a shot in mixed formats.
Parnell Lands on DL, Could Need Surgery
Bobby Parnell hadn’t pitched in a week, and on Tuesday the Mets finally placed him on the disabled list due to a herniated disk in his neck. The team is hoping an epidural will allow their closer to return soon, but if that doesn’t work, season-ending surgery is a possibility.
"It's pushing on a nerve. So we've got to get the inflammation out of there and take it one day at a time, see how it goes," Parnell told ESPNNewYork.com. "... It's just a holding pattern right now. We'll see what happens. If it works the first time, that's great. I think you can have up to two epidurals. I'm going to try that until I can't anymore. If it doesn't work, then surgery is an option. If I do have surgery, they said I'll be ready for spring training next year. It's just a waiting game right now."
David Aardsma received the first save chance in Parnell’s absence last week, blowing a lead in an extra-innings win over the Royals. On Tuesday, it was the 40-year-old LaTroy Hawkins that got the call, closing out a one-run win against the Rockies in spite of a couple two-out hits.
Manager Terry Collins told MLB.com that he’s “going to mix and match a little bit” in the ninth inning while Parnell is out, but with Tuesday’s save and a 2.92 ERA for the season, Hawkins looks to be the best bet at the moment. The skipper also mentioned Aardsma, Gonzalez Germen, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice and Pedro Feliciano as possibilities as he plays the matchups.
After being resistant to the idea initially, it appears that the Rockies are leaning towards placing Carlos Gonzalez on the disabled list due to a nagging sprained right middle finger.
CarGo has started just one of the club’s last six games due to the ailment, and he again aggravated the injury in the one he did start. Gonzalez likely won’t be 100 percent until the offseason, but an extended period of rest would figure to do him some good.
"We've got to figure out the right course of action there," manager Walt Weiss told MLB.com. "If we're going to keep him day to day, or if we need to go ahead and put him on the DL. I think we'll figure that out here shortly. They say it may not be much better. It maybe gives it an opportunity to calm down a little bit, anyway."
Even if the Rockies ultimately decide to let CarGo continue to play with the injury, he’s going to be at well less than 100 percent the rest of the way and, thus, can’t be counted on for his usual elite fantasy production. Corey Dickerson has received the bulk of the at-bats in left field in games where Gonzalez has sat out. He’s held his own so for in the majors and is also a career .321/.379/.601 hitters in the minors, making him worthy of ownership in deeper leagues.
National League Quick Hits: Jason Heyward is considered day-to-day after leaving Tuesday's game with a muscle strain in his neck ... Wade Miley pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Rays Tuesday and has allowed three runs over his last three starts ... Joe Kelly held the Dodgers to one run Tuesday and now boasts a 1.48 ERA since May 30 ... Carlos Quentin (knee) is likely out until at least Friday and could require a stint on the disabled list ... Julio Teheran spun six innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals, lowering his ERA to a season-low 2.96 ... Roy Halladay (shoulder) threw a five-inning bullpen session Monday ... Angel Pagan (hamstring) is expected to return around September 1 ... Marco Estrada (hamstring) will start on Wednesday in San Francisco in place of the injured Tom Gorzelanny (elbow) ... The Phillies activated Domonic Brown from the DL Tuesday, a day earlier than expected ...
American League Quick Hits: The Rays expect Desmond Jennings (finger) to return around when he's first eligible ... Howie Kendrick is day-to-day after being diagnosed with a sprained left knee, as Grant Green was called up to fill in ... Jonathan Villar is day-to-day after leaving Tuesday’s game with a thumb injury ... Justin Verlander allowed one run over eight innings in a dominant win over the Indians Tuesday ... John Jaso is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms and remains out indefinitely ... Matt Moore (elbow) played catch again Tuesday and is hoping to throw a bullpen session this weekend ... Josh Willingham (knee) is on track to be activated before the second game of Friday's doubleheader in Chicago ... Michael Pineda (shoulder) is being shut down for the next 7- 10 days ... Clay Buchholz (shoulder) felt good while throwing off a mound at about 60-65 percent effort on Tuesday ... Colby Lewis will miss the rest of the season after surgery to remove bone spurs from his hip ... Danny Duffy will make his season debut Wednesday, filling in for Wade Davis ... The Mariners optioned former closer Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A ... Jacoby Ellsbury ripped a pair of homers in a win over the Astros ...
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