The Astros have placed Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with fluid in his left elbow joint, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
As we mentioned here on HBT yesterday, Rodriguez was scratched from today’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks with discomfort in his elbow. Bud Norris will move up a day to start in his place.
In yesterday’s post, I also speculated that top prospect right-hander Jordan Lyles could potentially get the call from the minors if Rodriguez required an extended absence and that’s precisely what will happen. Lyles is now scheduled to make his major league debut Tuesday against the Cubs.
Lyles, a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, has a 3.49 ERA over parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, averaging 8.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. The 20-year-old right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA over his first 10 starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. While not a hard-thrower, he has a four-pitch arsenal and a plus-changeup. He was ranked as the No. 42 prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the season.
Starter Jeremy Hellickson has become the Phillies’ most enticing trade chip as he’s put together a solid month of July. After shutting out the Marlins on one hit and one walk over six innings on Monday, the right-hander lowered his July ERA to 1.97 and his overall ERA to 3.65. As a result, the Phillies are telling teams they want a top-five prospect to part with Hellickson, per ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
Obviously, a top-five prospect means something different if you’re the Marlins as opposed to the Rangers. And the Phillies’ price point for Hellickson isn’t likely to stay that high, but GM Matt Klentak is setting a lofty starting point so that the return might end up being higher than market value.
ESPN’s Buster Olney speculates that the Phillies could end up holding onto Hellickson and giving him a qualifying offer after the season. He notes that the Phillies have only $25 million tied up for the 2017 season, so they could afford to pay Hellickson in excess of $16 million if he were to accept.
Madison Bumgarner isn’t the only Giants pitcher who can rake. Matt Cain crushed a three-run home run during Tuesday’s game against the Giants.
Cain stepped to the plate with runners on the corner and one out against Reds starter Cody Reed in the bottom of the second inning. Reed threw a 1-1 fastball down the middle and Cain hit it about 20 rows back in the left field seats.
It’s Cain’s first homer of the season, his first since 2012, and the seventh of his 12-year career. He still has some work to catch up to Bumgarner, who has two homers this year and 13 in his career.
On the pitching side of things, Cain got the win against the Reds on Tuesday night, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He currently holds an ugly 5.95 ERA.