Phillies prospect Drabek is healthy, but shut down for the year

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Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek, who was reportedly deemed “off limits” in trade talks with the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, has been shut down for the rest of this season and won’t pitch in the Arizona Fall League or Florida Instructional League after logging 158 innings between high Single-A and Double-A.
He’s not injured, so the Phillies are simply keeping their 21-year-old top prospect’s workload in check after he went 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA and 149/50 K/BB ratio in his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery.
The son of former Cy Young winner Doug Drabek and a 2006 first-round pick, Drabek could work his way into the Phillies’ plans as soon as the second half of next season and has top-of-the-rotation upside.

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.