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 ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.