Yesterday afternoon people were saying that the Braves would sit Jason
Heyward for a couple of games so he could rest his injured thumb. After
yesterday’s game we learned that the team was much more serious about
giving the kid a rest: they placed him on the 15-day disabled list.
Heyward has a strained ligament in his thumb. While it will not require
surgery, the team obviously wants him healthy for what the team hopes
will be the playoff stretch. Given how ineffective Heyward has been over
the past three weeks, losing him for the short term won’t make a
terrible difference for the team in the immediate future. It will be
really hard to cover for his absence for long, however.
Matt Diaz, who has been rehabbing, will be activated today to take
Heyward’s place on the roster.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.