According to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, Shin-Soo Choo may be able to avoid surgery on his right thumb.
Choo sprained his thumb while attempting to make a diving catch against the Athletics last Friday. After being examined by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, it was determined that Choo will wear a brace on the thumb for seven to 10 days before being re-evaluated.
If the thumb responds, Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said surgery would not be needed and Choo could return much sooner than the six-to-eight week timetable originally presented over the weekend.
“It’s good news,” manager Manny Acta said. “We’re still going to have to
wait 10 days to see where that takes us. But it will be a great boost
for us if he doesn’t need surgery and we can have him back a lot sooner
than we were anticipating.”
Choo, who turns 28 next week, is batting .286/.390/.475 with 13 homers, 43 RBI and 12 stolen bases this season, proving to be one of the few bright spots for the last-place Indians. He was a near-lock to make his first All-Star appearance until his recent injury. With Choo down, right-hander Fausto Carmona will represent the Tribe in Anaheim next week, instead.
As indicated Monday, the Phillies have decided to option left-handed J.A. Happ to Triple-A rather than return him to the rotation with his rehab assignment complete.
Happ, who had been on the DL since mid-April with forearm soreness, posted a 6.93 ERA in 24 1/3 innings during his 30-day rehab assignment. The Phillies could have applied for an extension to the rehab assignment, but since Happ had options remaining, the decision was made to simply send him down.
That means Kyle Kendrick will hold on to his rotation spot for now. Kendrick is 5- with a 4.70 ERA since replacing Happ.
After missing 10 weeks with a torn tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand, Jorge De La Rosa will rejoin the Rockies’ rotation and start Friday, according to Inside the Rockies.
De La Rosa opened the season 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts before getting hurt. He’s getting the start Friday despite allowing eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in his last of three rehab starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Bounced from the rotation to make room for De La Rosa will be Jhoulys Chacin. The 22-year-old Chacin was very impressive after moving into the rotation at the beginning of May, going 5-7 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He struck out 76 in 72 2/3 innings.
In a mild surprise, the Rockies have elected to keep Chacin in the majors as a reliever. He broke in with the team as a reliever last year, so he does have some experience in the roll. Still, with the move, the Rockies run the risk of not having him ready to step back into the rotation should another injury strike.