Phillies Outfielder Nick Castellanos He withdrew from last night’s game and was not in today’s lineup due to a right oblique issue. He’s heading for an MRI, but manager Rob Thomson hopes it’s just a precaution (twitter Link From Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. )
Signing a five-year, $100MM deal in the offseason, he didn’t do well in his first few months in Philadelphia, but things have turned around in the past month. By the end of July he was batting .257/.300/.373, but after the calendar changed to his August he was batting .294/.327/.490. That progress appears to have hit a few roadblocks as he already missed a few games earlier this week due to turf toes, adding this diagonal issue to the mix.
Castellanos is yet to be placed on the disabled list, but losing his hot bat in just a few games would be a setback for the club. , the Brewers are only three games away.When Bryce Harper Unable to pitch and earning the designated hitter spot every day, Castellanos could struggle to get back into the lineup until he feels good enough to play a full game. Kyle Schwarber, Brandon Marsh When Matt Biering It looks like that trio will be the regulars until the Castellanos return tonight. Nick Mutton Primarily an infielder, he has started four times in his career as a left fielder and could be the fourth outfielder so far.
Other injury updates from across the league…
- angel correct Michael Lorenzenhas been at IL since 7 July due to a sore shoulder and is undergoing rehab but is set to make his next start at the big league club. JP Hoornstra of the Southern California Newsgroup Breaking news from interim manager Phil Nevin. This will give Lorenzen several weeks to show off his abilities before returning to free agency this winter. signed with the Angels when he agreed to try himself as a He had a 3.45 ERA through mid-June and made 10 starts. Unfortunately, he allowed his 16 earned runs in his next three games, ballooning his ERA to 4.94. The right-hander will have a chance to finish strong before washing that second-half section out as an injury blip and heading back to the open market, and the Angels have his 40 for him as he’s currently in the 60-day IL. should open a spot on their roster.
- Red Sox left handed Josh Taylorstayed in IL all year because of a sore back, but won’t be back for the last few weeks of the campaign. Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham We take word from the club that it will end as a completely lost season for the 29-year-old.This is an unfortunate development for both Taylor and the club, as 2021 has been a very good season. Last year, he pitched 47 his 2/3 innings with a 3.40 ERA, a 28.7% strikeout rate, and a 43.4% ground ball percentage. His 11% walks his rate was just above his 9.8% league average for relievers last year, but still the club gave him a chance to earn his 15 holds. It was strong enough to show that Taylor qualified for arbitration for the first time this year as a Super 2 player, and he’s earned $1.025 million for the season. Based on his lack of appearances this season, he could stay with the Red Sox next season for a similar price if they expect him to be healthy and able to regain his previous form.