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.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo passes along an interesting piece of information. New Yankees OF/DH Matt Holliday has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to exactly one team: the Athletics.
Holliday was briefly a member of the A’s back in 2009. He had a decent two months in Oakland, so it isn’t as if he feels he couldn’t produce there. However, the A’s do play their home games at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which is the fifth-oldest stadium in baseball, having opened in 1966. You may recall that the Coliseum has had some issues recently. Three years ago, the coaches’ bathroom overflowed with sewage and sewage also came out of faucets. Earlier this year, there were more plumbing issues as the Yankees’ clubhouse toilet was backed up and water overflowed into the dugout. It’s understandable why Holliday might not want to play half his games there.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.