Jackie Bradley Jr. wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 28 games on Tuesday night, lacing Jorge De La Rosa’s first pitch of the bottom of the second inning for a double off the Green Monster in left-center.
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the struggles of reigning American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel is how well the rest of the Astros’ rotation has been pitching lately. That gives the Astros hope that getting Keuchel ironed out will help them spark a turnaround to get back into the AL West race.
MAY 24: Kratz has cleared waivers and been released, tweets MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. MAY 23: The Astros have placed Kratz on release waivers, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. If he clears tomorrow, he’ll be a free agent. MAY 16: The Astros announced today that they have designated catcher Erik Kratz for assignment as part of a series of roster moves. Houston has also optioned outfielder Preston Tucker to Triple-A, recalled Evan Gattis from Double-A Corpus Christi and selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp. Gattis will serve as the team’s new backup catcher. Kratz, 35, came to the Astros late in Spring Training in exchange for right-hander Dan Straily.
The right quad tightness that scratched Justin Upton from the Tigers’ lineup Monday is enough of a concern that he’ll likely sit the rest of their three-game series against the Phillies, giving him essentially four days to recuperate before Detroit opens a six-game West Coast trip Friday night at Oakland.
Giants outfielder Angel Pagan was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after tweaking his left hamstring in the eighth inning of Monday’s 1-0 victory over the Padres. Outfielder Jarrett Parker was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Pagan’s place.
The Marlins announced that they’ve claimed right-hander Asher Wojciechowski off waivers from the Astros and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, left-hander Tim Berry has been designated for assignment. The 27-year-old Wojciechowski was long one of the more highly regarded prospects in the minor league system of the Astros and, prior to Houston, the Blue Jays. The Astros picked him up in a 10-player trade that included J.A. Happ (going to Toronto) and Francisco Cordero (going to the Astros). The South Carolina native was the 41st overall selection in the 2010 draft and ranged from seventh to 28th on Baseball America’s Top 30 prospect rankings between the two organizations from 2011 to 2015.
A day after sustaining a left eye injury when he was hit by a pitch from Rockies starter Jordan Lyles on Monday afternoon, Ryan Vogelsong was placed on the 15-day disabled list with facial fractures. The Pirates called up A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Vogelsong’s place on the active roster.
The beast is back?
Who has been baseball’s best reliever over the past year? You might think Wade Davis or Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel. You might not think about Shawn Kelley, who has overcome multiple arm injuries to become a dominating force for Washington.