Houston has arguably the best overall pitching staff in the major leagues but
has run into a big problem because of injury.
The Astros are struggling to find someone to handle those standout pitchers
after losing another catcher in their 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on
The Astros will send right-hander Garrit Cole
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2.50 ERA) to the mound for the Independence Day, Lone Star State showdown at
Globe Life Park in Arlington while the Rangers counter with left-hander Mike
Minor (6-4, 4.64).
Houston’s catching situation took a turn for the worst Tuesday when Max
Stassi was forced from the game against Texas in the first inning after he was
hit on the right wrist by a pitch.
Stassi’s injury comes on the same day veteran catcher Brian McCann met with
team medical director Dr. David Lintner ahead of having surgery on his right
knee. The Astros placed McCann on the disabled list Tuesday with a sore right
knee for the second time this season and recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from
Federowicz took over for Stassi, who entered Tuesday’s game batting .255 with
seven homers and 22 RBIs.
Houston manager A.J. Hinch wouldn’t say what type of surgery McCann would
undergo and when the procedure would take place, but admitted that the Astros
without McCann, their front-line backstop, “for the foreseeable future.”
“We don’t know other than he’s heading for surgery and we’ll have a better
timetable once he sees Dr. Lintner and goes through the medical process,” Hinch
told mlb.com. “We had a long conversation in Tampa (over the
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with his right knee. One of the options is surgery, and he went back to Houston
to take care of it.”
Texas right-handed reliever Chris Martin was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock
on Tuesday prior to the club’s series opener against the Astros. The move made
room on the 25-man roster for first baseman Ronald Guzman, who returned from the
seven-day concussion disabled list.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Martin’s demotion was to create bench
“Chris hadn’t done anything to warrant being optioned,” Banister said. “He’s
got options. Obviously, he’s pitched well for us in the bullpen. However, you’ve
got to be able to protect some of the other players on the team, too.”
Banister told mlb.com that Guzman passed the concussion protocol three days
after he was placed on the disabled list. “Ronals was a full-go, as far as
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The Astros have shuffled their rotation for this week to give Lance
McCullers, Jr. and Charlie Morton some additional rest. McCullers was originally
scheduled to start Wednesday against the Rangers.
Cole makes his first start in July after going 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA in six
June starts, posting a 1.11 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 37 innings. The Astros are
14-3 in games started by Cole, who is looking to reach double digits in
Minor has been one of the Rangers’ best starters of late. He was 2-0 with a
2.08 ERA in four June starts. Minor is 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA in nine home starts
Minor is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games (six starts) versus Houston,
including 0-1, 5.74 in three starts this season.
Cole is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts against Texas, including 2-0, 1.80
in three turns this year.
The Milwaukee Brewers sent struggling star
outfielder Ryan Braun to Los Angeles on Wednesday for treatment on his achy
Braun is expected to rejoin the first-place Brewers on Thursday when they
begin a four-game series at Miller Park against St. Louis.
The Brewers planned to play without Braun on Wednesday. Turns
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The finale of Milwaukee’s three-game series against Pittsburgh was postponed
by heavy downpours at PNC Park that turned hallways leading from the dugouts to
the clubhouses into raging rivers.
A makeup date was not immediately announced.
Officials delayed the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start Wednesday as showers loomed.
Groundskeepers took the tarp off around 8 p.m., but quickly put it back in place
after another rain band moved in. The game was called after a delay of 2 hours,
This is the second time this season the Pirates have been forced to postpone
a home game due to inclement weather. It was the 39th postponement in the majors
this year, matching the total from all of last season.
The Brewers are scheduled to visit PNC Park twice more this season. The teams
do have a common day off on Sept. 20 right before the Brewers begin a three-game
set in Pittsburgh.
Chad Kuhl, Pittsburgh’s scheduled starter on Wednesday, will instead get the
nod when the Pirates begin a four-game series against Arizona on Thursday.
There was no immediate word on if the Brewers would alter their rotation
against St. Louis. Brent Suter was scheduled to start Wednesday against the
Pirates, with Junior Guerra slated to take the hill on Thursday.
Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel did his best to have a little bit of fun
in the monsoon. He did a series of belly flops on the tarp shortly after the
game was called.
By then, Braun was already on the West Coast to have cryotherapy on his right
”It’s something that he expects from time to
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knock it out right away,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
Counsell said it’s the fifth time Braun has had the procedure done over the
last few years. The six-time All-Star is hitting just .236 with eight home runs
and 31 RBIs this season and is mired in a 3-for-17 slump.
The Pirates announced Wednesday that third baseman Jung Ho Kang is dealing
with discomfort in his left wrist while playing for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Kang, who is in the process of returning after missing the entire 2017 season
following his arrest on DUI charges in South Korea, is considered ”day to
The team also placed outfielder Corey Dickerson on the Family Medical
Emergency List and recalled utility player Adam Frazier from Triple-A
Indianapolis. The team offered no details on the reason for Dickerson’s
departure, but he will be away from the club for at least three days.