Cory Wade to miss at least 3 months after surgery

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Cory Wade missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, but upon arriving at spring training last month the 26-year-old reliever said: “My shoulder is healthy. My back is strong. This is the best I’ve felt since 2008.”
Unfortunately that was short-lived, as Wade complained of shoulder pain just two weeks later and is now scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow. He’s expected to miss at least three months, but given his history it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see Wade sit out the entire season.
“If they don’t find anything major, I’m looking at a three-month time frame,” Wade told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. “Nobody wants surgery, but it’s come to a point where we need to figure something out.”
Wade was fantastic as a rookie in 2008, but fell victim to Joe Torre’s tendency to give his top setup men incredibly heavy workloads. Wade logged 71.1 innings despite being on the Dodgers’ active roster for just 120 games–which is a 100-inning pace for a full season–and then pitched in seven of the team’s nine playoff games that October. His arm problems since then are unfortunate, but they’re certainly not surprising.

Dusty Baker expects Stephen Strasburg to make his next scheduled start

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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks. The right-hander reportedly had trouble getting loose and it showed: he yielded a hit and three walks to the 10 batters he faced. According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Strasburg had “some nerve impingement that has been alleviated.”

Manager Dusty Baker expects Strasburg to make his next scheduled start on Saturday at home against the Rockies, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Strasburg was examined by doctors, who deemed him to be in good shape — enough to not warrant undergoing an MRI.

Through 20 starts, Strasburg owns a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio across 121 2/3 innings. Though the injury scare isn’t what the Nationals hoped for, he’s done well in the first year of his seven-year, $175 million contract extension.

John Lackey hit four White Sox batters today

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Cubs starter John Lackey didn’t have his best stuff on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field against the White Sox. The right-hander hit four White Sox batters over the course of five innings. He yielded just two runs, though, on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He left with a 4-2 lead.

Lackey hit Jose Abreu with one out in the first inning, then hit Abreu again in the fifth. He then hit Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada shortly thereafter. Chris Beck relieved Carlos Rodon for the White Sox in the bottom of the fifth and promptly hit Ian Happ with a fastball to lead off the frame. Home plate umpire Lance Barksdale issued warnings to both benches and the beanings stopped.

So, how often do pitchers hit four batters in a game? Not that often! The last to do it was the Reds’ Josh Smith on July 4, 2015 against the Brewers. Before that, it was the Nationals’ Livan Hernandez on July 20, 2005 against the Rockies. Lackey is only the ninth pitcher to hit four batters in a game since 2000 and the 26th since 1913. The only other Cubs pitcher to do it besides Lackey was Moe Drabowsky in 1957.