Tom Gorzelanny has hairline fracture in pinkie finger

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Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates after just 2 2/3 innings when he was nailed in the pitching hand by a comebacker.  An MRI was taken almost immediately but it showed nothing in the way of a fracture.

Well, the news got worse Thursday.  According to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune, a CT scan has revealed an incomplete hairline fracture underneath the fingernail of his left pinkie finger.

The Cubs have scratched Gorzelanny from his next scheduled start and may end up shutting him down for the year if a week of rest doesn’t do any good.  A replacement has not been named and Carlos Silva hasn’t been very effective down in the minors, but he is probably still an option.

Gorzelanny has posted a decent enough 7-8 record, 3.90 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 27 appearances (21 starts) for the Cubs this season.  He’s fanned 112 batters in 127 total innings.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.