UPDATE: Braden has been placed on the disabled list, so now he’ll miss at least 2-3 starts.
Dallas Braden was pulled from Saturday’s start after five innings because of shoulder soreness and told reporters yesterday that he expects to miss his next turn in the rotation at the very least.
Having today off could allow the A’s to skip Braden’s turn in the rotation and avoid putting him on the disabled list if they think he might miss only one start, but if more time off is needed they’d likely replace him with Tyson Ross.
Asked about his status yesterday Braden wasn’t very talkative, saying only: “Still sore, stiff, hurts. I’m not going to throw.”
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.