CSNChicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that Ryan Dempster was hospitalized on Saturday and stayed overnight undergoing tests and taking IV fluids. Although he was released Sunday, he’s been scratched from his next scheduled start.
The Cubs will call up Casey Coleman to take his spot Monday against the Nationals.
Besides fighting a stomach virus, Dempster has also been troubled by soreness in his hip and back. He’ll lose one start prior to the All-Star break as a result of the maladies, but the plan is for him to return sometime this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
The Nationals have to be pleased by the turn of events. Coleman has a 7.32 ERA in his eight starts in the majors this season. The Cubs were already planning on promoting Ramon Ortiz to start in place of the injured Carlos Zambrano on Tuesday. It will be the season debut for Ortiz, who had a 6.30 ERA in two starts and 14 relief appearances for the Dodgers last season.
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.