Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to start for the Dodgers in his native Taiwan on Saturday night, however he has been scratched because of a sore left elbow.
Kuo’s injury was disclosed following a rainout of Friday’s game and though his elbow was barking earlier this week, manager Joe Torre told reporters he “had just found out.” Sounds like Kuo’s pride is what kept him from telling his manager sooner.
“It’s nothing major — he wants to pitch,” Torre said of Kuo, whose
elbow, operated on four times already, has no margin for error. “But if
something happened in front of his home crowd … We think it’s normal
Spring Training stuff, but can’t take a chance.“
While the 28-year-old Kuo was on the disabled list last season, he said that he would opt for retirement rather than undergo another procedure on his elbow.
The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.
The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.
After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.
Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.
Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.